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'Don't just talk about your vision but live it to the full'

This week's O&A: Feargal McCormack

Q: What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given?

A: Treat everyone as you would like to be treated yourself. Believe in yourself, commit 100% and always do everything to the best of your ability and therefore you will sleep easy.

Q: What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business?

A Be passionate, focus on positive thinking and love your work, and thus be a living example of your vision, and don't just talk about it. Persistence beats resistance, stay the course and keep the passion, always remembering: no pain, no gain.

Q: What was your best business decision?

A: Recruiting Paddy Harty as my first employee accountant and then subsequently inviting him to be my business partner.

Q: If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career?

A: A sports journalist.

Q: What was your last holiday? Where are you going next?

A: I was fortunate to recently combine a short break in Bali with the PKF International Conference. I'm looking forward to annual holiday break in Kerry next summer.

Q: What are your hobbies/interests?

A: I enjoy all types of sport, current affairs and being pro-active in my local community and the accountancy profession. I currently enjoy my roles as a member of the GAA management committee in Croke Park, vice-president of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a patron of Special Olympics Ireland.

Q: What is your favourite sport and team?

A: My favourite sport is Gaelic football and my joint favourite teams are St Peter's Warrenpoint and Down.

Q: And have you ever played any sports?

A: Yes, golf, Gaelic football and hurling.

Q: If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book?

A: James Kerr's Legacy - What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life.

Q: How would you describe your early life?

A: A very happy, loving and caring experience.

Q: Have you any economic predictions?

A: We are currently experiencing a digital revolution and there is a new era of connectivity, which will create a game changing opportunity.

Q: How would you assess your time in business with your company PKF-FPM?

A: I have loved it and cherished working in a very people-focused, collective team environment.

Q: How do you sum up working in the financial services sector?

A: Challenging, varied and always interesting.

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