Decade To Decade

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Each decade of your life is unique.

In my 20’s it was all about complete freedom and personal exploration and growth. My 30’s were more about building a life with my wonderful wife. My 40’s have leaned heavily towards growing FCR and focusing on my family.

Right now, as I edge closer to 50, I find myself thinking more and more about the concept of leaving a legacy, both professionally as well as personally. My hope is that when I am gone, I will be remembered fondly and I will have made a difference in some small way.

As such, nothing will make you feel older or more vulnerable than putting together your will.

My wife and I had been putting off updating ours for some time, until sometime became this year. Everything from the dispersal of your assets, to medical instructions to worst case scenarios of all kind. Let’s be blunt, it’s unnerving to say the least.

And yet it’s necessary. Going the extra mile to insure those you love are taken care of is an important necessity, and everyone should have a plan. I hope I continue to live a long and fruitful life and never have to think about this stuff again and yet you never know what the future holds. Woody Allen once said, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.”

I have a feeling in 10 years I will be revisiting this once more.

At the same time, I had been finalizing our will, my 12 (soon to be 13) year old decided he needed a job. He wanted to earn his own money. His first job is refereeing soccer games for 8-10-year-old boys and girls teams in the local rec league. $20 per game. This is miles away from my first job, which entailed raking leaves, painting and cleaning up parks and neighborhoods in my local community. I believe I was 12 at the time as well, but unlike him I made $3.35 per hour.

For him, however, this is the perfect job. It forces him outside (literally and figuratively) his comfort level and builds valuable leadership skills as he shepherds a dozen or so kids around a soccer pitch for an hour. In addition, he has had to build up his confidence and communications skills as he works with the coaches (and sometimes vocal parents) on each team.

It’s not easy work, especially when it rains, but it is rewarding. He puts in the effort and he can connect the dots and see the tangible financial benefit of working hard as checks get deposited each week into his bank account. Obviously, I am very proud of him and I hope he keeps it up.

The hard work he puts in now I hope will benefit him later in life, and maybe one day he too will build his own legacy as well.

Matthew Achak
CEO & Co-founder

Matthew Achak is the CEO and Co-Founder of FCR. His role within FCR involves actively managing all company wide sales, marketing, business development, social media, public relations, client facing communications, and ongoing program growth. Founded in 2005 in Roseburg, OR , FCR is the most respected outsource provider in the industry.

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