THE GENESIS AND THE RISE
Adam Dudley is an Internet entrepreneur who has overcome unbelievable odds to get where he is today. Also known as “Hank,” Adam was born on October 30th, 1990 in Charlottesville, VA. He is the youngest of three boys with two younger sisters, and they were raised without a father.
As a young man, Adam sought attention from other male influences and a genuine sense of belonging. Without a father figure in his life, he found this in the streets near his home. This decision got him running around with the wrong crowd and this quickly led to trouble. He was gaining the independence that he wanted but in all of the wrong ways. One afternoon when he was 14 years old, Adam was headed home from school when another teenager stabbed him several times in the back. As he bled profusely, he staggered home where he was immediately rushed to the hospital.
Doctors revealed to Adam that the knife missed his heart by mere inches. As Adam recovered in the hospital for two days, he reflected upon his life and knew that it was time for a change. Adam knew that if he desired a better outcome, he needed to start doing things very differently in his life. Thoughts of entrepreneurship swirled in his mind for the freedom, earning potential, and limitless opportunities that it offered. The streets kept calling to Adam and he struggled to break away from their grasp over the next few years. Ultimately Adam dropped out of high school.
When Adam turned 18, he landed his first real job at a dining hall. It was at this point that he realized working for other people was not part of his long-term plan. By 19, Adam had started acting on his entrepreneurial instincts by reselling retail merchandise to his own customers. From this point, Adam moved into running an online store where he sold high-end men’s and women’s clothing. He then launched a web development company and he has begun working to build his real estate investment portfolio which he is still working on growing to this day.
Adam has learned through his own experience that struggle can come at any time from any place. In 2015, Adam unexpectedly lost his ex-girlfriend, Katrina Chambers, who was the love of his life in a terrible car accident. Like Adam, she was also a driven entrepreneur who never had any interest in working for someone else who opened her own Hair Salon. This event was very tragic and has made a lasting impact on him. Katrina’s passing has pushed Adam even harder to accomplish his dreams because this made him realize that nothing is promised in life. He also knows that this is what she would have expected him to do.
In 2016, Adam’s nephew, Traquan Dudley, lost his bout with B-all Leukemia after an 18 month battle with it. Although Adam and his family were grief-stricken over the loss of their loved one, Adam becomes even more motivated after seeing his nephew fight as hard as he could throughout the process. Where many people crumble under life’s hardships, Adam finds a way to come out of them even stronger as this has translated to his entrepreneurship as well.
After losing two incredibly important people in his life, Adam shut down for awhile. The feeling of being alone was very prevalent because he didn’t have many people left in his life that he could consider true friends. These were dark times for Adam and without a high school diploma, he frequently grew very concerned about his future. When Adam feels his back against a wall, his entrepreneurial prowess kicks into overdrive and he fights like crazy. This passion is what allows him to bounce back from anything, more focused and stronger than ever.
Adam has never been completely satisfied with the opportunities that life has offered him, so he took action and pursued his own dreams. By seeking out the right influencers in the areas that he was interested in, he has continued to grow and build his entrepreneurial resume. Adam has a passion for what he does and loves to inspire other hungry startup entrepreneurs in pursuing their own dreams. Adam knows that if he can overcome the odds, others can follow his example and do so too.
Adam wasn’t satisfied with what life offered him, so he took action and pursued his dreams. By seeking out the right influences in the areas that he was interested in, he has continued to grow and build his entrepreneurial resume. Everything that Adam knows now, he has learned over the years by reading books, attending webinars, watching YouTube videos, reading articles online, and networking with business professionals being a sponge soaking up whatever information he can soak up. Whatever Adam was interested in doing, he networked and found someone that was successful doing what he wanted to get into and just learned from him/her. They people were like his teachers.
Adam has a passion for what he does and loves to inspire other hungry startup entrepreneurs in pursuing their own dreams. Adam knows that if he can overcome the odds, others can follow his example and do so too.