About Own Your Legacy

Welcome to the blog, Own Your Legacy. This site will be the home of various topics, interviews, and reviews rooted in Leadership. Personal leadership, professional leadership, and military leadership will all be fair game. Some of the entries will have specific significance to the Chicagoland while others will be aimed with a broader lens.

I had the privilege of serving in the Marine Corps for 7 years. During that time I was able to examine some fine Marine leaders who required the best from all of their personnel. I spent 2 of those years in a combined joint environment that allowed me to see how international military leaders handled their business. In my time, I was in charged with leading as many as 54 service members at a time and spent a lot of energy refining my leadership style. Since moving to the private sector I’ve been able to expand my skill set by leading a sanitation and quality department.

The title Own Your Legacy comes from a simple philosophy that I have. If you research self-help books or articles on how to become successful you often see a trend about ownership. Own your home, own your car, and own your business all contribute to that theme. All of those things are important and lend themselves to being successful but they aren’t square one. Square one to me is owning your legacy and the way to do that is through leadership. Leadership can begin at your job or with your family and you can begin today.

The impact that you will have on your co-workers, family, and members of your community can last forever. That impact can put you on the road to success personally, professionally, and financially. This all happens when you develop your leadership skills and decide to own your legacy.

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    Matthew Askren

    Matthew Askren is a Marine Veteran who spent 2 tours as a member of an Embedded Training Team mentoring, training, and advising the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police through combat operations. He also spent time in Japan and California leading Marines and serving as a Communications and Martial Arts Instructor. During his time in the Marine Corps he was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, the Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon. He had the privilege of attending Gunsite Academy's Foreign Weapon Course in Paulden, AZ on two occasions. He moved back to the Chicago area in 2011 and along with his amazing wife and soon to be son makes his home in Matteson, IL. He works leading a Quality Department for one of Alpha Baking Company's production facilities on the West Side of Chicago. He's a member of the American Legion in Matteson and VFW in Markham.

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