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I quit coming to the Warrior Forum everyday to share my experiences and insight back in 2013. My routine, my life, my whole existence since then has changed drastically.

I'm now in Oregon (I'm from Virginia) but I've lived in 17 cities across the United States since 2015.

Even so, I'm still here. I'm still working on my business, I've expanded recently more than I expected and in a few days, I'm preparing for a launch of a service/product that I've worked very hard on (and is already semi launched and making me enough income to life a nice life).

My mind has been in a somewhat... limbo for the last few weeks just preparing for what's to come.

And today... I have 2 days left before that launch. I've gotten nearly everything excluding a few small pieces organized in my brain to prepare myself and my team and I'm very proud of myself for the way I've grown throughout just the last year.

I'm looking forward to Monday and the future thereafter.

P.S. None of this is in relation to a service/product I would offer here, it's more focused on larger companies. I wanted to make that clear so you don't think I'm prepping you for a WSO or something haha.

P.P.S. I'm back.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Welcome back. If you don't mind me asking, why did you leave in the first place?
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    • Profile picture of the author Odahh
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      Welcome back. If you don't mind me asking, why did you leave in the first place?
      i think i remember .. he had the success image..lots of money each month . big house ..and when he "quit"

      he downsacaled everything in traveled across the country in an rv with his girlfriend or wife ..made less money but had a more rewarding life for a while ..

      the rv was where he was at a year or two ago when he last cheked in

      as far as why he left the board for a while the mind warrior section had become workalic central ..rather than about self development it was time management how to survive on less sleep, gtting rid of mom and dad if they are not going to help with your success ..

      not saying that is why he left .. but i remember starting these boards when there where a good number of people not trying to get rich but that where trying to have the mobile lifestyle that an online businss allows ..where if you can have 3000 a month in online income you can travel and live like a king ..

      then the online business mentality shifted to get rich or don't bother
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        Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

        i think i remember .. he had the success image..lots of money each month . big house ..and when he "quit"

        he downsacaled everything in traveled across the country in an rv with his girlfriend or wife ..made less money but had a more rewarding life for a while ..

        the rv was where he was at a year or two ago when he last cheked in

        as far as why he left the board for a while the mind warrior section had become workalic central ..rather than about self development it was time management how to survive on less sleep, gtting rid of mom and dad if they are not going to help with your success ..

        not saying that is why he left .. but i remember starting these boards when there where a good number of people not trying to get rich but that where trying to have the mobile lifestyle that an online businss allows ..where if you can have 3000 a month in online income you can travel and live like a king ..

        then the online business mentality shifted to get rich or don't bother
        You're pretty dang close lol.

        I was very lucky, I started doing well my first year online with my first big success in the first month I started (I made a deal with my apartment complex to get them residents and they'd give me a referral commission... paid 2 1/2 years rent that way haha).

        But ultimately I was making good enough money that I just wanted to escape the lifestyle I had been set on, I wanted to start making more decisions for myself and explore the world like I originally got into this business to do.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jonathan 2.0
          Nice the have you back Man.
          : )

          Keep rocking on.
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    • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
      Originally Posted by ChrisBa View Post

      Welcome back. If you don't mind me asking, why did you leave in the first place?
      To be quite fair, there just wasn't enough value being posted on the forums (or moreso it was getting taken over by junk) and during the transition of Warrior Forum being acquired I just wasn't invested anymore.

      I'm actually not certain I'll be coming back full swing because of the loads of junk displayed on the forums... I'm only really here now for this section.
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  • Profile picture of the author ballisticscan
    Welcome back!

    Curious to know as to why you left as well originally.
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  • Profile picture of the author markhimeb
    Hehe. Great thread! Welcome back! Good to have good competitors here! Makes us better, too
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  • Profile picture of the author AL Hummel
    Its wonderful to hear of your success. It's inspirational to feel. My goal is to help others and truly make enough income to live a nice life too. Please share next time you write what you would do if you were starting from scratch. It would be even more helpful coming from your experience. Thank you!
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    Good luck with your new product.
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
    It's a year later and I'd like to update everyone.

    My company has grown significantly. Our team has expanded to 10+ and I've moved from Oregon to Florida. The new business is 100% remote-friendly and we've been very blessed with such amazing growth.

    I'm thankful for the kind words this forum has given me throughout the years. However with the new updates to the style of the forum it's not as user friendly or... comfortable for me so I just haven't gotten into it. I miss the old style of a forum type layout.

    Wish you all the best and I'll continue to update this thread as we grow
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    justin -

    Click on your name in the black toolbar - top right of this page. The dropdown menu should have "view classic" in the box there. Click on it and it will take you to the 'old version' (a/k/a the 'real' forum).

    kay
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      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      justin -

      Click on your name in the black toolbar - top right of this page. The dropdown menu should have "view classic" in the box there. Click on it and it will take you to the 'old version' (a/k/a the 'real' forum).

      kay
      You sir have restored my faith in humanity haha. Thanks!
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    Hey Justin:

    Its really great to learn about you and your great success.

    Wish you good luck.

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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Slayton
    The truth is hidden in plain sight (it's hidden within you).

    I almost quit when someone introduced me to the power of hypnosis.

    Fast forward three months later, I quintupled my income and reached what seems a pinnacle. All due to the power of hypnosis (auto pilot manifestos).
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  • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
    I've been on this journey for quite some time, but figured I'd give an update to those that have read my posts in the past.

    In 2009 I was working at UPS and 2 pizza places, that year I didn't make much usually bringing in a little over $1,700/mo (before taxes) working nonstop. That's without even going into detail about how the year prior I was living in my car on the streets.

    Fast forward to 2018 and I pulled in over $325,000 and I'm on track to pull in just a bit less this year.

    But there's a problem.

    From 2009 to 2018 I had a lot of motivations and had a vision.

    Now in 2019 I'm struggling finding out what I want to do. I have so many options on the table it's crazy. I now have a wife, a daughter, I've traveled the country for about 4 years (starting in VA and ending up in OR), and I've achieved most of the goals that I set for myself back in 2008 (before I even knew what journey I would take).

    This is going to sound funny.. but I'm a little lost. I don't know what it is that I want to focus on. I have money, I have investments, I have a good lifestyle, I workout, I eat healthy, I'm happy, but I'm feeling lost in my motivations to want to push myself further.

    I'm also finding it hard to get out of my bubble. For example I haven't explored many new ideas in quite a while, I haven't even come back to this forum because I forget it exists (man the new social look to it irks me still to this day). I work on and off throughout the day, enjoying my life while building my business. I have more freedom than most could imagine, but feel locked in my mind when I sit down to move forward.

    I used to be so good at this.. trying new things, building websites around new ideas, but now I'm at a very odd crossroads where I'm asking myself what I want to do with my life now that I've achieved the goals I thought were out of reach.

    Phew... there's a rant for ya. You probably didn't expect that haha. I'm still not where I want to be financially but I'm very grateful that I can help my family, friends, and other creative people out there. Sometimes I feel like I should hire someone to watch over me, work alongside me in person (I have employees that are in different states/countries), but it's intimidating finding the right person :\

    I'm using this as somewhat of a journal entry, I suppose. Love you all and I'm glad I could vent a little bit.
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  • Profile picture of the author Odahh
    hey justin ..go into option and set it to view classic.. i can't stand the social look either ..

    i can't really give you any advice..why do you think you need to focus ..you have been doing well for a while.. and unless you start sabotaging your good life.. maybe now you are at a point where ..there are many things within reach now .. that where not possible or even you did not think where possible 10 years ago ..

    and there is probably many of those options that do not actually require a lot of money ..but are easier to enjoy now that you have that..

    well look at it this way.. with the wealth you have built and the skills to generayte wealth..and still being on the young side.. you can easily live to 100 plus..so you have many decades ..

    focus on enjoying what you have now..in ways that won't risk you not having in the future.. reach for things just a little better than they are now
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      Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

      hey justin ..go into option and set it to view classic.. i can't stand the social look either ..

      i can't really give you any advice..why do you think you need to focus ..you have been doing well for a while.. and unless you start sabotaging your good life.. maybe now you are at a point where ..there are many things within reach now .. that where not possible or even you did not think where possible 10 years ago ..

      and there is probably many of those options that do not actually require a lot of money ..but are easier to enjoy now that you have that..

      well look at it this way.. with the wealth you have built and the skills to generayte wealth..and still being on the young side.. you can easily live to 100 plus..so you have many decades ..

      focus on enjoying what you have now..in ways that won't risk you not having in the future.. reach for things just a little better than they are now
      I appreciate your honest responses to my messages in the forum. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I'll take those ideas into consideration
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        Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

        I appreciate your honest responses to my messages in the forum. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and I'll take those ideas into consideration
        i didn't want to get personal .. and ask what is the exact financial or .. not number wise .. but position you wanted to be in.. as i don't think there is ever a there there ..

        now one think i didn't ask about yesterday.. was the locked in the mind comment .. can't help with that..but that is pretty common right now ..

        and the mind with the way it is designed.. is going to shut down many of the insights that are coming to you .. and use logic and your intellect .. convince you .. any of the ideas you are having.. are not possible .. or never will be possible..and convince you might even be going crazy ..

        there are a lot of things possible today.. that have not been possible before .. and large chunk of humanity kind of knows.. but they are waiting for others to do it first ..

        now this can be total bull .. but tacking merging what i said yesterday about the .. reaching for the next good thin or a close option ..and working on intuition or with the new ideas that come to you.. before the mind starts to prune it to hell and convince you it can't be done.. or it is not worth it.. or you should be reaching for bigger ..

        blah blah blah ..

        so learning to work on stuff or act on stuff .. before logic and intellect drown it
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          Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

          i didn't want to get personal .. and ask what is the exact financial or .. not number wise .. but position you wanted to be in.. as i don't think there is ever a there there ..

          now one think i didn't ask about yesterday.. was the locked in the mind comment .. can't help with that..but that is pretty common right now ..

          and the mind with the way it is designed.. is going to shut down many of the insights that are coming to you .. and use logic and your intellect .. convince you .. any of the ideas you are having.. are not possible .. or never will be possible..and convince you might even be going crazy ..

          there are a lot of things possible today.. that have not been possible before .. and large chunk of humanity kind of knows.. but they are waiting for others to do it first ..

          now this can be total bull .. but tacking merging what i said yesterday about the .. reaching for the next good thin or a close option ..and working on intuition or with the new ideas that come to you.. before the mind starts to prune it to hell and convince you it can't be done.. or it is not worth it.. or you should be reaching for bigger ..

          blah blah blah ..

          so learning to work on stuff or act on stuff .. before logic and intellect drown it
          I'm all for honest and straight forward, blunt, transparent answers to questions I receive lol. Ask away so long as it's not something I have an NDA over

          1. The exact financial position I want to be in is always growing. It used to be making $1,000,000 by the age of 31. I've either achieved that or I'm close already. But making $1,000,000 isn't the same as being a millionaire. I want to make sure that I'm financially free to the point that I don't have any heavy concerns (worry of a client canceling a contract, losing an employee, stock market plummeting, getting hurt or severely sick).

          2. About a year and a half ago and all of the years prior I had a very deep strong drive towards innovation and trying new things in business. Today most of my energy goes towards growing myself mentally and physically. I'm a VERY different person today than I was in only that short time span. I don't feel any of my ideas are necessarily crazy or unachievable, but I don't want to exert the energy towards them at the moment for various reasons.

          3. I absolutely agree with the idea to work/act on ideas before allowing logic and intellect to drown them. That's something I'm working towards right now.

          I really feel like I need to hire someone locally... I think that's one of my biggest problems. All of my employees, customers, and partners are all either online or we talk via phone calls. It's hard not having someone physically nearby.
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            Originally Posted by Justin Lewis View Post

            I really feel like I need to hire someone locally... I think that's one of my biggest problems. All of my employees, customers, and partners are all either online or we talk via phone calls. It's hard not having someone physically nearby.
            being a millionaire does not mean today what it once did ..now this is my bias .. so no need to listen to what i will say.. but the mental and spiritual growth are more important at this point ..the financial stuff will change dramatically as the other growth happens .



            where is locally at this point.. you have moved around a bit.. and where you get the business stuff done with a no local network .. what do you really want from hiring people that will be physically around you ..

            what i am poking at is even if you have no real business reasons to hire someone .. and you just feel you want someone around you .. or to hire someone.. maybe you just want to feel like a boss .. so someone to do errands .. or do task that are non critical but you do now but can have someone do or train others to do..

            i don't know you might want someone there ..but not 5 days a week ..lol .. sorry .. just pulling stuff from thin air
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            • Profile picture of the author Justin Lewis
              Originally Posted by Odahh View Post

              being a millionaire does not mean today what it once did ..now this is my bias .. so no need to listen to what i will say.. but the mental and spiritual growth are more important at this point ..the financial stuff will change dramatically as the other growth happens .



              where is locally at this point.. you have moved around a bit.. and where you get the business stuff done with a no local network .. what do you really want from hiring people that will be physically around you ..

              what i am poking at is even if you have no real business reasons to hire someone .. and you just feel you want someone around you .. or to hire someone.. maybe you just want to feel like a boss .. so someone to do errands .. or do task that are non critical but you do now but can have someone do or train others to do..

              i don't know you might want someone there ..but not 5 days a week ..lol .. sorry .. just pulling stuff from thin air
              Absolutely

              I'm more focused on my own mental growth at the moment. I've been going very deep into spiritual awareness and understanding my thoughts/wants. Beyond that I've been focusing on my physical body more than ever. I have a calendar on the wall that tracks how often I work out and eat healthy, I've been using it since late January and it's absolutely changed my understanding of myself. Currently, I work out 5-6 days a week, eat healthy about 5-6 days a week and I'm starting to incorporate other things into the calendar like meditation, reading, learning languages, etc.

              I've also found a place that I LOVE. I'm in Oregon now and after everything I've seen in the last 5 years I'm in a very blissful mindset here.

              I'd like to hire someone to work with physically because, although it's great to work with people online, I know from my past experiences that I've excelled when I have someone nearby to throw ideas off of in person. I also use a lot of whiteboards (I have 6) and an office with 2 desks where it would make sense to have someone work with me every so often.

              I already run businesses where I have employees, I'm not looking for a power trip. I just get hyped when I'm around people to talk about my ideas with.

              Lastly, I'm not looking for someone to work 8 hours a day with me, more like 30 minutes or 2 hours a day in person with good pay.
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  • Profile picture of the author sgalla414
    Welcome back ! Its great to have an update, hear about your success and the freedom you've gained also the ways in which your life is grown.
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      Originally Posted by sgalla414 View Post

      Welcome back ! Its great to have an update, hear about your success and the freedom you've gained also the ways in which your life is grown.
      If the Mind Warriors part of the forum is a bit more active with people not trying to focus on growth (without all the salesy stuff) then I might be back to share different things that have worked well for me through the years. Right now I'm practicing tons of different techniques that have helped me grow monumentally as a person. Thanks for welcoming me back
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    Looks life someone came back from the dead. Kudos for having the ethic to serve the crowds and maybe add some zeros to the moolah.
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      Originally Posted by Mr Blip View Post

      Looks life someone came back from the dead. Kudos for having the ethic to serve the crowds and maybe add some zeros to the moolah.
      Haha, it's been quite an interesting ride.

      I actually tried to make another post in the Mind Warriors section titled "From $20,000/yr to $300,000+/yr" or something like that, but the post wouldn't publish for some reason. It's nice to bring back this old post though and I'm glad to be back!
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    I've heard a lot of people go through this - make a lot of money...take a few years (sometimes less) to do everything they've wanted to do in the world....and then....now what? Money is not an issue anymore and likely will not be an issue for you ever again.

    The drive you had before was fulfilling, but now you're not fulfilled in what you do, correct?

    Instead of thinking about money, what if you used your free time to start your own charity to fix a problem that has always bothered you about the world or even your own community?

    I see a lot of well off people turn their focus on others and get fulfillment by helping others live a better life. Create scholarships. Build schools in under developed countries. Provide clean drinking water to outlaying areas of Africa. Help the homeless in your own city. Raise funds for new hospital equipment. Become a venture capitalist. Become a start up investor and provide input and insight to up and coming companies.

    If you can't find focus and drive or fulfillment doing any one of those types of things, I'm of no help, sorry
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      Originally Posted by palmtreelife View Post

      I've heard a lot of people go through this - make a lot of money...take a few years (sometimes less) to do everything they've wanted to do in the world....and then....now what? Money is not an issue anymore and likely will not be an issue for you ever again.

      The drive you had before was fulfilling, but now you're not fulfilled in what you do, correct?

      Instead of thinking about money, what if you used your free time to start your own charity to fix a problem that has always bothered you about the world or even your own community?

      I see a lot of well off people turn their focus on others and get fulfillment by helping others live a better life. Create scholarships. Build schools in under developed countries. Provide clean drinking water to outlaying areas of Africa. Help the homeless in your own city. Raise funds for new hospital equipment. Become a venture capitalist. Become a start up investor and provide input and insight to up and coming companies.

      If you can't find focus and drive or fulfillment doing any one of those types of things, I'm of no help, sorry
      This is quite challenging for me because I've been doing charities and building large communities since I started back in 2010. I organized a motorcycle community called 757 Sport Bikes where we helped donate to different charities throughout the areas and helped local riders that were struggling. I also organized a community called Halo Universe where I helped people in the gaming industry grow their channels, earnings, and skills.

      Beyond those 2 I've been helping others for years, I've always had a philanthropic outlook while making sure that I'm happy with my own life. More recently I've purchased my brothers 1965 Mustang Coupe (he passed in 2006 and our family sold it to cover funeral expenses) for my dad to rebuild (it gives him something to motivate him since he's retired). Even further I'm helping my mom move from Virginia to Oregon, I help other entrepreneurs with advice and sometimes funds, and I've been investing more into my employees physical/mental wellbeing.

      I've been considering doing helping local kids here in Oregon that are not as fortunate as we are. That's something that's very close to my heart, helping those that are lost/confused or put into a position they can't control.

      I really appreciate your response as I noticed some things as I was typing back. I decided to keep the 1st and 2nd paragraphs above because they are things that have given me fulfillment throughout the years, and more recently.
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