In 1984 Tom Lewis joined Trammell Crow Residential as its Regional Partner in the southwest. Based in Phoenix, their primary business was multi-family development and management. In 1986 Tom started Trammell Crow Homes.
In 1991, Tom purchased his partner's interest in Trammell Crow Homes and founded T.W. Lewis Company. For the next 20 years, T.W. Lewis earned a solid reputation for quality and customer satisfaction and was considered by many to be one of the best homebuilding companies in America. T.W. Lewis Company won many prestigious awards, including America's Best Builder in 1998 and the National Housing Quality Gold Award in 2009. In recognition of the consistent performance of T.W. Lewis, Tom Lewis was the 1st inductee into the National Housing Quality Hall of Fame.
In 2012, Tom transitioned out of homebuilding and sold that portion of the business to David Weekley Homes, a large private homebuilding company who shared the values of quality and outstanding customer service. From 2012 thru 2016, T.W. Lewis actively engaged as a partner with David Weekley Homes in Phoenix. We are now focusing on philanthropy and other real estate investments.
For over 25 years our principles and values have remained the same. We continue to emphasize integrity, quality and long term relationships with all of our investments and philanthropy.
My dear, if you would only recognize that life is hard, things would be much easier for you.
"To be happier, just lose five pounds and go to church."
Being with the end in mind.
Before we can start winning, we have to stop losing.
Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.
In matters of style, flow like a river. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.
If you have integrity, nothing else matters. If you don't have integrity, nothing else matters.
Thoughts lead to actions. Actions lead to habits. Habits lead to character. Character leads to destiny.
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
There are no elevators to success. You have to take the stairs.
Deserve victory. The harder you work, the more you deserve it. The more you deserve it, the more you get it.
Strength and courage aren't always measured in medals and victories. The strongest people aren't always the people who win, but the people who don't give up when they lose.
I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that will not work.
The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.
Don't run out of breath before you win.
Most people that get ahead do so with the time that others waste.
A goal is a dream with a deadline.
The value of setting goals is not so much what we achieve, but what we become in the process.
If you keep on doing what you've always done, you will keep on getting what you've always got.
A man without a goal is like a ship without a rudder.
To avoid criticism: say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
Hope is not a plan.
Get clear. Get Free. Get Going!
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.
If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal.
The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.
You were born an original. Don't end up a copy.
I try my best to be just who I am, but everybody wants you to be just like them.
The un-examined life is not worth living.
Don't care too much what others think of you, but act in ways that make you proud.
Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.
Between stimulus and response, there is a space.
Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
When I discover who I am, I'll be free.
The challenge is not simply to survive. Hell, anyone can do that. It's to survive as yourself, undiminished.
Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
Each of us will one day be judged by our standard of life, not by our standard of living; by our measure of giving, not by our measure of wealth; by our simple goodness, not by our seeming greatness.
One of life's most important questions is - what am I doing for others?
In business and in life, our rewards are directly related to how we serve others.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in your life you will have been all of these.
The opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is selfishness.
People don't care about how much you know until they know how much you care.
One of the kindest things that you can do for yourself is to help others.
Mankind's greatest need is better understanding of man. All are victims of circumstance, all are under sentence of death and all deserve compassion.
Be willing to offer others the benefit of the doubt. Perhaps life simply gave them tougher problems than they could solve.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Helping one person might not change the world, but it could change the world for one person.
When the student is ready, a teacher will appear.
The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.
Hard work beats talent if talent doesn't work hard.
In every person there is a seed of greatness.
Don't let anyone stop you. There will be times when you'll be disappointed, but you can't stop. Make yourself the very best that you can make out of what you are. The very best.
Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.
Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.
Don't worry about your passion, that changes over time. Find your talent - what you're naturally good at - and work on that. It's your best chance of making a difference in this world.
Everyone has talent at 25. The difficulty is to have it at 50.
It's easy to make it hard, and it's hard to make it easy.
Everyone has potential, yet almost no one is reaching it.
Genius is the gold in the mine; talent is the miner that works and brings it out.
When it comes to being successful in life, having good judgment and making good decisions are much more important than just being smart.
Life can be hard. And if you make bad decisions, it can be really hard!
I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.
It is easy to make good decisions when you know your values.
Begin challenging your own assumptions. Your assumptions are your windows to the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come through.
There are only two times to make a decision: when you have all the information, and when you have to.
Fate is the hand of cards we've been dealt. Choice is how we play the hand.
It is good to understand your problems but put your energy into the solutions.
Moderation is the golden mean between two extremes.
A decision is the action a person must take when he has information so incomplete that the answer does not suggest itself.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I - I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.
Go out on a limb. That's where the fruit is.
You will never reach new horizons if you are afraid to lose sight of the shore.
Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.
The only thing more important than the will to win is the will to prepare to win.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed in the things you didn't do than the things you did.
Don't be afraid to fail. Everyone else has.
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Genius will not. And education will not. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Be fearful when others are greedy, and be greedy when others are fearful.
Hard work is where self-worth and self-esteem begin.
If you put all your eggs in one basket, you need to really watch that basket.
Hard work leads to competence. Competence leads to confidence. It takes confidence to succeed, and it all starts with hard work.
Risk and reward go together. If you want the rewards, you will have to take the risks.
The problem is that when you don't risk anything, you can risk everything.
A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are made for.
You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.
It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, who comes up short again and again... who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement; and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.
In the end, you will be judged not by what you believed, planned or dreamed, but by what you did.
Looking back we see with great clarity, and what once appeared as difficulties now reveal themselves as blessings.
Motivation is the anticipation of success.
Look in the mirror. That's your competition.
There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.
While you are resting, your competition is getting stronger.
Things may come to those who wait, but only the things that are left behind by those who hustle.
You can win 80% of the time if you just show up, 90% of the time if you show up with a plan, and 100% of the time if you show up, have a plan, and are committed.
Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
The man who can drive himself further once the effort gets painful is the man who will win.
Nobody who ever gave their best regretted it.
If I had 8 hours to chop down a tree, I would spend 6 hours sharpening my axe.
Time is free, but it's priceless. You can't own it, but you can use it. You can't keep it, but you can spend it. Once you've lost it, you can't get it back.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Work to become, not to acquire.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
To be a leader you have to earn the trust of others. Trust is the natural result of trustworthiness.
Accomplished people come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.
If you chase two rabbits, you will catch neither.
The bad news is that time flies. The good news is that you're the pilot.
Talent is god given; be humble. Fame is man given; be thankful. Conceit is self-given; be careful.
It's not what happens to you that is important, it's what you do before it, during it and after it.
In life there is not lasting success or failure, only lessons. Life will continue to present you with difficult circumstances until you learn each lesson.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other one thing.
Invictus - William Ernest Henley
The Road Not Taken - Robert Frost
The Man in The Glass -Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr.
Luck -Jack Dionne
The Unconquerable Mind -Walter D. Wintle
Don't Quit -John Greenleaf Whittier
If at first you succeed, try something harder.
There are no secrets to success, so don't waste your time looking for them. Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure and persistence.
Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.
The road to success is traveled by those who believe in themselves.
The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure - try to please everybody.
Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.
We like to think of our champions and idols as superheroes who were born different from us. We don't like to think of them as relatively ordinary people who made themselves
Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.
The toughest thing about success is that you've got to keep on being a success.
Whatever you become, be a good one.
Nothing worth having comes easy.
You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.
Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.
The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.
Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the wrong. Sometime in life you will have been all of these.
Believe in something big! Your life is worth a noble motive.
The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.
Your purpose is not determined by yourself, but it is discovered for yourself.
The purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be honorable, to help others, to stand for something, to learn, to grow, and strive to be the best that you can be. That is the purpose of life.
If you want to know your calling, you need to know your caller.
Where there is vision, there is hope.
Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.
People plan. God laughs.
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly. It is dearness only that gives everything its value.
Life is a journey of the heart that requires the head. Not the other way around.
Don't care too much about what others think about you, but act in ways you will be proud of.
It is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.
The greatest joy in life is to begin.
If you want your dream to come true, you first have to have a dream!
To increase your self-esteem, just start doing more things that are estimable.
Align yourself with islands of health and strength. Work with people that want to work with you. Shoot elephants, not squirrels.
Meaning is found on the road to purpose.
Finding meaning requires us to use the right words. Everything can't be 'awesome'.
You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.
Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for.
Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
God grant me the serenity to accept those things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
We do not receive wisdom from others. We must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us.
We ask God for strength and He gives us difficulties to make us strong. We ask Him for wisdom and He gives us problems.
It ain't what you don't know that gets you in trouble. It is what you know for sure that just ain't so.
The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.
Knowledge without truth is just data.
Truth leads to wisdom. Wisdom leads to judgment. Judgment leads to prosperity.
When you learn, you know. When you experience, you understand.
On the road of life there are signs. Read them.
We are all ignorant. Just about different things.
Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
We cannot rise above the limitations of our character.
Accomplished people come to wisdom through failure. We get very little wisdom from success.
How a person plays the game reveals part of his character. How he loses reveals it all.
The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
Wherever you go, be there.
Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
What we do to others, we do to ourselves.
A joyful life is an individual creation that cannot be copied from a recipe.
Nothing has to happen for me to feel good. I feel good because I'm alive. Life is a gift, and I revel in it.
Happiness is unrelated to success. Success follows talent, hard work and perseverance. Happiness naturally occurs when you help others and grow as a person.
Happiness is different than pleasure. It has something to do with struggling, enduring, accomplishing.
Good Character is more to be praised than talent. Most talents are a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece.
Happiness comes indirectly as a dividend. If we make it the object of pursuit, it will lead us on a wild goose chase.
You will never find happiness until you stop looking for it.
Happiness is like a butterfly. The more you chase it, the more elusive it becomes.
The word 'happiness' would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.
T.W. Lewis takes no credit for the originality of these quotes.