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

Hi Rick, how do you define success?
I define success by the impact I make on the people I interact with. My dad told me a long time ago. Money doesnt equal success. People are successful all the time and dont end up with money. Some have all the money and still dont feel success. Those words helped me to realize that success is different to everyone. For me, being able to contribute to the successes of those around, to see them overcome adversity and “beating the odds” is a real success in life.

What should our readers know about your business?
I have two companies currently. I started my first company at 35. That company was a huge learning curve in life. Both professionally and personally. I shut down that company after 2 years and going south with my partners. All my professional growth has been through trial and error with a lot of questions, and a few mentors. My work ethic and drive is what has consistently pulled me through. My second company started off as a part time “gig” for extra money. However, I wanted to do it as legitimate LLC and not as 1099 or “under the table”. I wanted to make a base model for other entrepreneurs that are skillset-minded to follow. MY challenges come not having a proper learned education. I’m one of thousands of individuals that have a skill set and want to be our own boss. Im also one that has lived life through hardknock lessons. So in starting my contracting company, I made a base plan and outline on how to do in the easiest manner. I’ve set up my third company to develop others that share similar hardknock journeys to be successful.

Ive met so many on this journey that say, “I can do that.” or “I want to do this.” But end in saying, “There’s just so much paperwork that I dont even know where or how to start.” My companies resolve these issues affordably.

One of the major shortfalls in our economy right now is in contractors, or laborers. However, there are a lot of them available that just need to be mentored and given the right tools. Then they need to be shown how to use those tools.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Visiting Dallas aside from the museums and local parks the Trinity Grove art park is a must see. Its an outdoor smorgasbord of foods, games, and entertainment. Its a place to sit back with one or 10 friends and catch up or let loose. Its right next to the arts district which is another fun area to explore. Id always suggest getting a hotel in or around Addison. Addison, has ton of restaurants, a few dive bars, and is about 20 minutes from anywhere. Its a perfect mid point to Frisco or downtown and either airport. Addision also holds my favorite sushi spot Sushi 469. Then its only a short walk to some of the best desserts, coffees at a wine bar called Astoria cafe.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
To my dad for all the lessons in drive and work ethic. To my mom for the patience and prayers. To all those saw a light in me and always gave me the positive encouragement to push through the rough times. Life is full of meaningful relationships. Those relationships were lessons that shaped me into believing pasts do not make futures. The present sets your future.

Website: www.advisioncontracting.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rickginstagme/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rick-graves-agp

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