About Julian

My Journey

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

Professional Positions

  • 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

Random Accomplishments

  • 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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