Five Questions with Ricky Armand.

Ricky was one of my best friends growing up. We lost contact after he went to another school. That was something just under 13 years ago.

Growing up Ricky, was always to my annoyment an overachiever. So when I recently got back in touch with him, it was no surprise to me that he became a personal Injury lawyer. Dude has always been supportive and trusting.

I can't say enough good things about him, so Ill let the man himself tell you.

1. What’s your biggest business accomplishment and what did you learn from it?

Professionally, one of my biggest accomplishments is graduating from law school and receiving my license to practice law. It was a grueling journey, but I learned to be persistent, poised, and patient. It didn't all happen ideally when I wanted it to happen, but I learned to accept that and to keep pushing forward until it was my time. I had to be patient and persistent. It definitely paid off. I am now a personal injury attorney at the  world renowned Law Offices of Gary, Williams, Parenti, Watson, & Gary.

2. Favorite Book EVER and Why:

This may sound cliché, but my favorite books are located in the Bible (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I & II Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, James, 1 John, Job, and the list goes on). I like to read different versions (NKJV, ESV, & NLT). I just personally believe that the Bible contains an answer to any issue that may arise in my life, and it can be very practical as well. No matter how many times I study a passage, it never gets too old or mundane, and I can always find a reference applicable to whatever I'm going through in life.
3. What’s one thing people don’t know about you that you’d like to share?

I used to write poetry when I was younger, and I was a decent basketball player. Both activities were very therapeutic to me emotionally. Although I don’t write as frequently as before, and I haven't played basketball in YEARS, I wouldn't mind starting again. I think writing/journaling and any physical exercise are healthy for the mind and body.

4. What’s one mistake that you see young people make when trying to get ahead in life and what should they do instead?

One mistake I'd like to see more young people avoid is making split decisions without proper observation, reflection, and planning for the future. A lot of people want to do what feels good now or what they are passionate about today without thinking about its future implications, how they can make a living, and how they can benefit others. Everyone wants to follow their passions, but few devise a plan that consists of discipline, organization, hard work, and patience. There's nothing wrong with working a "regular" job while you plan and work hard on your dream job/passion. Also, there's nothing wrong with working a "regular" job for the rest of your life if you're at peace with that. We're all different, unique, and gifted in our own ways, and we can all contribute to society in some fashion. All of us won't be attorneys, architects, or artists. However, with our different skill sets, we should all be able to make a good living, help our family and friends, invest/give back to our communities, and positively contribute to society as a whole.

5. If you started over building your business today, what’s the ONE thing you’d do differently?

In starting any future business, I'd want to make sure I adequately research the market/area, meet people in the field, ask a ton of questions, and plan practical goals.

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