Bradley Richardson

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 I believe it is just as important to know the real person’s story, as it is to read the stats, career highlights, or polished "BS" bio...

... if you’re the type that needs the proper PR / professional type bio or career specifics... click here but the story below is better.

Here is my story.

HELPING GROWN-ASS ADULTS NAVIGATE REAL-LIFE ISSUES

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the roots

I'm a fifth generation Texan. Dallas is my home, but I travel a lot. I've been here over 20 years. Raised in the red dirt and wind of West Texas, I left to play varsity tennis for the Oklahoma Sooners in college. I then moved to NYC where I lived and worked for several years. 

I'm a single dad to three college aged kids and a blue pitbull. My kids are gorgeous, intelligent, rockstar humans… really. I think I'm in the top 2% of all Dads and until one of my kids knocks off a 7-11, I’ll defend that against anyone. I take great pride in being a Dad and in my kids. They’re my “Big Rocks.”… read below. 

I still play tennis and for one hot second a few years ago was ranked in the top 50 in America in my age group. I'm not talking about dink around social league stuff either.  I’m a study in contrasts in that I'm an enormous auto racing and motorsport fan. (I love Nascar... don't judge me) and I enjoy yoga... though I'm really bad at it. I paint, I write and and I’m an average bartender. I love gin, tacos and breakfast.

BRADLEY RICHARDSON

Advanced Adulting

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professional stuff

For over twenty years, I've been recognized as a best-selling author, coach, speaker and one of the top executive recruiters, career and hiring strategists in America. I've published 5 books in total. Two about parenting and being a father, and three business and career books. I was fortunate enough to have Random House publish a couple of them back in the day and one became a best-seller on one of the Wall Street Journal’s lists, before my kids were alive. My books have been published in multiple languages around the world. (I’m apparently big in Asia… and not because I’m over 6’0.)

Outside of writing, my career has been in recruiting and consulting. I was partner at one of the largest executive search firms in the country, I've coached, consulting and recruited thousands of people and been engaged to by companies that are household names to consult and speak. I also run an advisory business where I consult C-level executives at Inc. 5000 companies about and people issues.

BRADLEY RICHARDSON

Advanced Adulting

HELPING GROWN-ASS ADULTS NAVIGATE REAL-LIFE ISSUES

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personal & relationship stuff - “advanced adulting”

I was married for 16 years and have been divorced for 8. I've gone to war during and after a divorce, co-parented and ultimately learned to appreciate what you had and how to get along in the end.

I've had wins and losses. Made and lost a lot of money a couple of times over. Had business and relationship successes and failures. I'm an eternal optimist and am known as someone who is inspiring and motivating. I've also suffered from depression, like a lot of men and women my age.

I've probably dated half of Dallas at one point (I'm not proud of that... btw but it's relevant because it came with many lessons) I’ve punched way above my weight class and I’ve also settled for people I know weren’t good for me. I’ve had some great relationships and some absolute train wrecks. The train wrecks make the best stories btw. (Real Mexican tele-novela type stuff!) I've had my heart broken and been brought to my knees.

I pride myself on being an old school Texas gentleman and a good man (which I’m confident that most who’ve interacted with me would agree)… but I’ve also had my moments of grand “douchebaggery” as well. I’m not imune.

Every time I’ve fallen short though, I've learned and as a result became a better man along the way. I'm a work in progress... as we all are. 


BRADLEY RICHARDSON

Advanced Adulting

Helping Grown-Ass Adults Navigate Real-Life Issues

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my strengths, approach & style

Clients, friends and people who meet me comment on my creativity, ability to see common things with a fresh or different perspective and how I can easily connect the dots and communicate high level concepts so that people easily understand.

I make things simple. I also believe everything revolves around relationships and how you deal and interact with people. It doesn't matter if it is personal, romantic, or in business. I focus on "human" needs, emotion, motivations and connection to drive results. C'mon people! We are dealing with...people. It's not that hard once you operate from that perspective, but as the saying goes... "If common sense were common, everyone would have it."

I'm courteous and polite as any Texan (or grown man) should be, however I'm not always politically correct. I believe authenticity and respect are paramount and I curse and use the "f" word slightly less than Gary Vaynerchuck or Tony Robbins... but not much. 

I believe great ideas can come from anywhere, so I'm always learning, reading, listening and looking for ways to improve and discover how the "best of the best" do things.  A few writers and people I like and respect include James Altucher, Mark Manson,  Jen SinceroSteven PressfieldLewis HowesJon AcuffLiz GilbertMel RobbinsRamit SethiAndy Frisella, and Grant Cardone to name a few. If you like them... you might like me. 

core beliefs & philosophy

One of my core beliefs is that you don't know how much time you have or when your day will come... so I want to use it all up. I want to go out on empty, on fumes and leave nothing in the tank. I want to experience it all and to die with an empty heart... because I loved and gave it all away. 

I also believe that you should be true to yourself, trust your gut and that you can't adequately love or take care of others until you get yourself right. Put your oxygen mask on first. I believe there is a disconnect (a chasm actually) between being and acting like a grown ass man and an old school gentleman today. I hope to bridge that for both men and women's benefit... and the future generation.

Other than "You're a great dad" and "You're really smart", the best compliment I've ever received was from a woman who said... "You're a good guy... with just enough bad boy in him to keep it interesting."

Second best... "Bradley, half the people in this town would take a bullet for you... the other half would want to put one in you."  (I can live with that. Don't ever be vanilla.)

I’m not everyone’s flavor. That’s ok.

I'm not perfect, but I'm working on it.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

“Big Rocks”

What are yours?

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 You’ll hear me say "Big Rocks" a lot. 

"BIG ROCKS" ARE THOSE CORE THINGS THAT MATTER TO YOU ABOVE ALL ELSE. THEY ARE YOUR “REASONS”… Your “WHY”

Everyone’s are different. These are mine. 

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They are why I want to get up in the morning, why I want to keep on fighting when things are tough, and WHY I WANT TO BE A BETTER MAN.

Look, things are not always easy, sometimes relationships, career, finances or life can be an ass kicker...  but in the end money, success and surface things come and go... and can come back again. Yes, you need money. Lot's of it! But you can always make more, however the relationships and time together with your kids,  loved ones or people that matter in your life... that's a one shot deal.

That's what counts and you can never go back and make more time. Know what's important to you and why you're doing what you do. 

What are your #bigrocks

Someone once asked a wise person,

"How did you get to be so wise & have good judgment?”

The answer, experience

How to you get experience?

The answer, “bad judgement”

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I’m not a self proclaimed expert… I have expertise and experience. BIG DIFFERENCE!

Anyone can have a trained PR monkey write a glowing bio filled with vague BS terms like "visionary" or "thought leader."

YOU'VE SEEN THEM, THE TYPE OF AMORPHOUS, HYPERBOLE AND GRANDIOSE BS CLAIMS THAT MAKE THAT PERSON APPEAR TO HAVE SPLIT THE ATOM IN BETWEEN MODELING GIGS, SAVING PUPPIES, GETTING THE LAMBO SERVICED AND TEACHING ORPHANS TO READ. 

Need proof? Go on LinkedIn or Instagram and see how many self proclaimed 25 year old "transformative, "game changing", "influencers" you'll find. (ahhhh bullshit… excuse me I sneezed).

PRO TIP... If Oprah, Tim Ferris, Malcomb Gladwell, Seth Godin, Fast Company or The Wall Street Journal call you a "visionary, thought leader" ... YOU ARE!

If YOU call yourself that ... chances are YOU AIN'T. (sorry Bob with Accounting Pro's in Toledo) 


Look I’m a guy who in my decades on the planet has had some big wins and has occasionally screwed the pooch… and frankly both may occur again in the future.

I have gained wisdom through hard earned experience, I try to learn from it all, be grateful for the lessons, what I have and the chance to try again, and I surround myself with some pretty amazing, intelligent, like minded individuals from all walks of life whom we all can learn from together. Come along for the ride!

I genuinely want to hear from you. So reach out

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