We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Youngblood and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Josh, what do you think makes you most happy? Why?
What makes me happy is solving problems – the more complex the better. When someone comes to me with a problem, I like to examine at all aspects of the situation and explore the different ways we can resolve it. A problem often has multiple solutions, and each has its drawbacks and benefits. Because of that, I like the challenge of problem-solving and finding the right solution. For more than 20 years, I have been fortunate to work with a variety of people where I’ve had the opportunity to solve a wide array of problems: saving businesses from bankruptcy, resolving tax problems, and, of course, resolving more tech problems than I can count. With these experiences, I’ve met and gotten to know highly skilled professionals in many areas of business.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Hard work and a lot of luck are what brought me to where I am today. I think the harder you work, the luckier you get on this journey of being a business owner – and this journey has come with a lot of lessons, many of which have not been easy. Sometimes there’s a struggle when you want to help someone, but you know that as a business you need to operate to make a profit. Having boundaries is important, and if you don’t learn that, you won’t be in business long. Part of my success and longevity is due to my honesty with my clients. I always tell them that they may not like what I have to say, but I will always tell them the truth. Clients respect that and know that they can count on me to tell them how it is. This has allowed me to help many through difficult situations. The reward, though, is ultimately the result of luck and effort. The hard work is worth it, and this past year has been more rewarding than my 20 years of business before.

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Dallas is a city to eat in! There’s such a variety for every palate and mood.  The Spaghetti Warehouse downtown used to be one of my favorites. For me, it had a nostalgic connection; as child growing up in East Texas, my parents would take me there for a dinner out. Since it’s gone, one of my favorite places now is Five Sixty at Reunion Tower, with its outstanding cuisine and ambience.  Also, I love Campisi’s, the Egyptian Lounge on Mockingbird, not only for its food good, but also its fascinating history.  A recent discovery is V-Eats Modern, by far the best vegan restaurant in Dallas.  I could eat there every day. For places to go, hanging out Northpark is always fun –  lots of wonderful shopping and people watching.  Dallas’s museums are fantastic, too. If I had a friend visiting, we’d go to the Sixth Floor Museum, great for history lovers, and walk around the Grassy Knoll. To complete our Kennedy era–themed day, we’d finish our day at Campisi’s.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Every experience in life is a lesson. Similarly, every person we encounter, whether it’s someone we meet briefly or someone we know our entire life, can be a teacher to us. I’ve been so lucky to have a wonderful family and to have met such amazing people in my life. However, my shoutout won’t be a surprise to those know me well. My fur kid Kirby has been a major part of my life and success. We adopted Kirby from DFW Pup Patrol (/www.dfwpuppatrol.com/) a few years ago, where he’d been rescued him from a shelter after experiencing severe eye trauma, abuse, and neglect. Thankfully DFW Pup Patrol saved him. With Kirby, no matter how bad my day might be, when I walk through the door, there is 15 lbs of happiness ready to see me. He brings levity to any situation. No matter how important I think I might be, or how important I think my work is, he will not hesitate to remind me that if he needs to go out, he wants to go out now! Everyone who is fit should adopt an animal member for their family (#AdoptDontShop). There’s no more loyal friend than a pet, and the experience teaches you to care about something more than yourself.

Website: www.jlytax.com / www.jlytech.com
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