My whole life, I dreamed of becoming a corporate attorney. As a kid from a low income area, that seemed like a nearly impossible feat, but after years of grinding it out through sleepless nights, missed family events, and killer exams, my dream became a reality. Then, it quickly turned into a nightmare.
It wasn’t just that being a corporate attorney was a bad-fit job, it turned out that law was a bad-fit career. I had spent so much money on education and a degree that I had no desire to use. I felt stuck and I was terrified of what the future held.
My unhappiness began to escalate. Before long I was turning to alcohol and drugs as a means of self-medication. I was spiraling. It nearly killed me. I hit bottom when I came to in the hospital with only a vague recollection of what I’d done to get there.
It was then I realized that I had to make a change, and quickly.
Within three months, I quit my “dream job” and went to work as a janitor at my old high school. From there, I started on a path of self-discovery. I embarked on my growth journey.
Since then, I have worked as a prosecuting attorney, a high school basketball coach, a nonprofit executive and owned my own law firm. I have made the decision to pursue my passions which has led to me being featured on MTV and the TEDx stage.
Now, as a speaker and certified life coach, my passion is to help people just like you avoid burnout, get unstuck and live a life of passion and joy.
I don't want you to end up where I was.
Life is too short. Let’s start your growth journey today!
If you’re into all that professional mumbo jumbo, here’s some bullet points:
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, University of Illinois
Juris Doctor, University of Illinois College of Law
CEO/Founder, Growth Journey, LLC
Executive Director, American Red Cross
Staff Attorney, Southern Illinois University
Prosecuting Attorney, Felony, Misdemeanor, and Juvenile Courts
Owner/Attorney, Julian C. Watkins, Attorney at Law
Basketball and Baseball Coach, Cairo High School
Associate Attorney, Business and Commercial Litigation/Railroad Litigation
TEDx Speaker, Change the World From Your Couch
Featured on MTV and Unilad Sound
2015 Rookie of the Year, No Coast Raps
2016 Battle Rapper of the Year, No Coast Raps
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