The short story. I’m a website developer, originally from Virginia, now in Northern California aspiring to become a leader in business. I’ve got 3 sisters, 2 brothers and my life is dramatically changing ever since I broke out of my shell in 2009.
Hi, I’m Justin Lewis and This Is My Story
1989 – 2008
The Long Journey
Before I was who I am today, I had a long journey. I was born in Portsmouth, VA back in 1989 to my mom Cindy Lewis and my dad Robin Lewis. A few short years later they divorced and whomever I was to become completely changed. I was the youngest of my brothers (2) and sisters (3) by 10 years, ultimately growing up by myself. It wasn’t the hardest life to live, but it also wasn’t the easiest. As a child I was diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficite Hyperactive Disorder) and according to my teachers, at the time, the least likely to succeed.
The Year of Change
The previous 18 years of my life, I was a bit secluded. I wasn’t very social and dealt with being bullied. I decided to make a change in my life. Each year going forward, I would dedicate the year to a single thing. So this was the year of change. Once I made that decision, I began to step out of my shell, started to become more social, started a motorcycle community known as 757 Sport Bikes and built my very first single page website. At the same time I was working 3 jobs at about 70-80 hours a week, without any days off. Little did I know, serious change was coming.
The Year of Practice
I was laid off of my job at UPS on January 4th, 2010. Shortly after I made $0.23 from my first website and saw an opportunity to challenge myself to build a business. Within 2 months I was making enough money to sustain my life. By July of 2010, people started asking me to build them websites, so I did but for free. In August 2010 I had just finished building 20 websites when one of the people came back and decided to pay me a tip. He said that my talents should be rewarded and because of him, I was able to actually start my business.