We had the good fortune of connecting with Joshua Castro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Joshua, what do you want your legacy to be?
This question actually directs just about every decision I make and even how I react to situations that come up in life, especially with other people. At the end of the day, it’s going to be how people remember you that endures. For me, perhaps because I have children, I just want people to remember me as someone who spent their life trying to become their personal best and trying to help others do the same. When I have tough decisions to make, this questions usually helps me refocus on the big picture. Legacy.
What should our readers know about your business?
Well, I think my career journey is a perfect example of how development isn’t always linear. I originally wanted to study psychology as a freshman in college, and did take several courses, but eventually abandoned it because I philosophically disagreed with the idea of self as medically based in just the parts of the brain. Long story short, I went into education, counseling, added my professional license, and found my niche in working with couples in private practice. So, in a way, I’m back to my first love of psychology, just working on it from a more human approach. So I guess if I had a lesson for others here, it would be not to panic when it seems their career goals are taking a detour or veering in the wrong direction. I believe that eventually every experience will be utilized when you actualize your specific goal.
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.
Well, I guess that depends on how far out of the area they’re from. I’m originally from San Antonio, so I’ve always been partial to hill country terrain, but if it was here in Houston, there’s definitely more urban experiences to enjoy. I’m a big fan of Buffalo Bayou Park. I prefer to be outside and in motion, so I fall in love with Houston over and over gazing at the Houston skyline as I trot down the bayou running trails. Also, Houston is home to so many great breweries. Some of my favorites are St. Arnold’s and Buffalo Bayou Brewery. But there some great ones like Karbach, where you can treat your guests to a great patio scene, great menu, and even live music from time to time. And lastly, no trip to Houston would be complete without a quick trip to Galveston, ride along the Seawall and people watch, grab a drink or two in the Strand area and maybe finish up with a coffee or dessert at Mod Coffee.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’ve been very fortunate to have great educators all through my life. They’ve done a great job of encouraging me to dream big and swing for the fences. Even the comments they may have said in passing stick with me to this day. With that said, I have to send a shoutout to my mom and dad. Though completely different one from another, they’ve always both encouraged me, supported me through all my various phases and travails (mostly self-caused), and always put a high value on education. In their own way, they can both be described as trying to reach for potential. My dad was a mailman pretty much my whole life, but he always made a point to attend my baseball games, even coached me and my friends as a middle schooler, and shared his own creative pursuits with me, such as painting and writing. My mom also, retired from Southwestern Bell (now AT&T), has always had a voracious appetite for books, reading up to several books a week for years now. She’d buy me age appropriate series and magazines as far back as I can remember. And she implanted the hunger to travel and see the world, both of which I’m still working on myself.
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