Here’s an old video I put together to inspire more people to tell their stories by writing books. I have been telling my own stories since 2014, with the independent publication of the first title in the #Adinkrahene book series, Fear of a Black Planet. I plan on getting to work on the second title in this series, Fear of a Beloved Community, but first I’d like to complete my second fictional title, SPEED MERCHANTS: The Bear on My Back.
I look forward to receiving your feedback below about the insights shared in this video.
My name is J. A. Faulkerson, and I’m the author of Young Achiever Playbook: Planning to Achieve. I released this book in early 2019 in hopes of giving adolescents and young adults some of the tools they will need to lay firmer foundations for prosperous living.
The book is available for online purchase at jafaulkerson.wordpress.com/store.
Today’s topic is Nurturing, the first of four pillars of prosperity. The other three pillars are Learning, Working and Leading. Nurturing is based on the belief that people should grow up to fall in love, get married, and provide parental warmth to their children. To move toward greatness as a Nurturer, it is my belief that we must master three distinct roles, that of Reliable Friend, Present Spouse and Active Parent. I will share my insights about what it means to become a Present Spouse and Active Parent in future presentations. However, I would like to take some time now to answer questions related to becoming a Reliable Friend.
I believe a Reliable Friend is someone you can count on to provide meaningful advice, guidance, support, love and companionship. But in order for me to be receptive to these provisions, I must trust the person delivering them. I need to know that the person who wants to become my friend is not out to hurt me through the improper use of their words or deeds.
There’s a verse in the Christian bible, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, that describes qualities mostly associated with love. But I’m here to tell you that these qualities should also be present in our friends. A Reliable Friend is:
- Patient and kind
- Doesn’t envy, doesn’t boast, isn’t proud
- Doesn’t dishonor you, and isn’t self-seeking or easily angered
- Keeps no record or wrongs, always protects you, trusts you, and hopes for the best for you
It is my belief that a person develops a desire to be reliable by getting in touch with his/her Selfless Self. If you’re anything like my younger self, your default response when interacting with others is to focus on your needs while ignoring the needs of others. But after many years of being focused on my own needs (i.e., acts of selfishness), I started considering other people’s needs, circumstances. And it was this consideration that caused me to conclude that the thing we all need most are opportunities to live our best lives now while belonging to someone, or something, special. Reliable friends care deeply about the people they befriend, and are committed to forging shared experiences that enrich the whole not just the parts.
Becoming a Reliable Friend has many benefits. I’m about to list three here.
The first benefit is that you know your friendships are based on unconditional love, admiration and respect. Reliable friends don’t care about you because you do X, Y and Z; they care about you because your words and deeds show you’re a decent person, one who is worthy of their love, admiration and respect. If they did say they care about you because of X, Y and Z, I would consider that the beginning of a toxic relationship. You don’t need any toxicity in your life, you need more tonic.
The second benefit is that you gain an appreciation for why it is so important to give of your time, talent, testimony and treasure. Most of the time, when someone references the four T’s, we think they’re talking about philanthropy, the act of selflessly giving of your time, talent, testimony and treasure. But we gift these things to our friends as well. The conversations we have, the athletic events that we attend, the vacations that we take are shared experiences that will be with us throughout our lives.
The third benefit is that you set the stage for positive interactions with your spouse and children. I will offer additional insights about these interactions in future presentations, but the important thing to note here is that we give selflessly to our spouses and children because they are us and we are them. We create fulfilling lives with our spouses, and we help our children find fulfillment in the lives they are destined to lead.
To access purchase links to my book Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve, please visit my website, jafaulkerson.wordpress.com/store.
Thank you, and stay well.
Northern Virginia – Author J. A. Faulkerson announced today the release of the first installment in his Young Achiever Playbook series. Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve offers adolescents and young adults practical strategies for establishing firmer foundations for prosperous living, and is the latest offering from Culturally Coded Content, a Northern Virginia-based creative writing and nonprofit management firm.
Throughout the pages of Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve, J. A. bares his soul, recounting how an arthritic hip condition, and the end of his collegiate track and field career, fostered a newfound appreciation for what he calls the Four Pillars of Prosperity – Nurturing, Learning, Working and Leading. After coming to terms with this career-ending diagnosis, J. A. vowed to be the kind of man who:
- fell in love with one woman, got married and provided parental warmth to his children (Nurturing);
- graduated from college with a grade point average of 3.0 or better to actively pursue and take advantage of educational, vocational and social opportunities (Learning);
- developed a strong work ethic derived from an entrepreneurial mindset (Working); and
- influenced the society at large through positive investments of time, talent, treasure and testimony (Leading).
“After making this vow,” J. A. said, “I had to connect what I was doing then to what I wanted to do later in life. Making this connection was the first step I took to create a Personal Prosperity Plan. I call it my Adult LIFE Vision. By focusing my full attention on it, I was better able to identify the things I needed to do to grow the right amount of intelligence, personality and character to be successful at whatever I put my hands to.”
He added, “I’m a firm believer in the old saying, ‘If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ During my TRIO Upward Bound days, when I was a Director, I made sure we engaged our young scholars in activities that didn’t just prepare them for college. My staff and I also thought it was important for them to envision the kind of adult lives they wanted to lead. The stakes are even higher for me now, as I am raising a son who I hope will unashamedly embrace all of the concepts outlined in this book.”
J. A. believes we now live in an era where personal achievement is becoming synonymous with the amount of money people have in their bank accounts (and what they do with it) rather than the amount of neighborly love they have in their hearts (and what they do to bless others). He contends that Achievers who are in touch with their selfless selves impartially consider their neighbors needs to become concerned enough to care. “Because they care,” J. A. said, “they give freely of their time, talent, treasure and testimony. And by engaging in these philanthropic endeavors, they are letting others know it’s not all about them, it’s about us.”
The 121-page book is available now for online purchase as a paperback or ebook through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
J. A. Faulkerson is a Strategist, Author and Speaker with Culturally Coded Content, a Northern Virginia-based creative writing and nonprofit management firm. A Master-level Social Worker who has worked on behalf of disadvantaged and disenfranchised children, youths and adults for over 20 years, he is committed to producing creative works that don’t just entertain, but educate and enlighten as well.
J. A. is the author of Adinkrahene: Fear of a Black Planet (Fiction) and Real Men Raise CHAMPIONS: Unleashing Your Inner COACH (Nonfiction). Adinkrahene was one of three titles honored at the 2015 Phillis Wheatley Book Awards ceremony, in the First Fiction category. The Phillis Wheatley Book Awards are held annually on the campus of Columbia University as the kickoff event to QBR’s Harlem Book Fair.
To purchase one or more of J. A.’s available titles, or to book him as a workshop presenter or event speaker, visit www.jafaulkerson.wordpress.com/store.
A portion of all proceeds from the sale of Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve support the work of ACHIEVEMENT SQUARE Development & Training Centers, Inc., a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit www.achievementsquare.org/give.
NURTURE. LEARN. WORK. LEAD. These are the Four Pillars of Prosperity. To lay the foundation for the kind of achievement that leads to prosperity, Author J. A. Faulkerson believes Young Achievers must:
- Embrace their obligations as friends and prospective spouses and parents, knowing the quality of these relationships leads to universal understanding, reconciliation and peace;
- Develop an appreciation for lifelong learning, knowing a scholastic focus sets the stage for future prosperity;
- Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset, knowing passions can be packaged for value and profit; and
- Change communities for the better, knowing selfless investments of time, talent, treasure and testimony do more to unite than divide.
Throughout the pages of Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve, J. A. bears his soul, recounting how an arthritic hip condition, and the end of his athletic career, fostered a newfound commitment to becoming better in all of these areas. He describes the process he used to develop an Adult LIFE Vision, and how this vision allowed him to pursue roles that are synonymous with laying firmer foundations for prosperous living.
Ultimately, J. A. Faulkerson lets Young Achievers know prosperity is not only measured in dollars and cents. It is also measured by the consideration and concern that causes them to care about others, and the righteous actions they take to overcome obstacles and achieve desirable outcomes.
Here’s an early version of the front cover for my forthcoming book Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve. Hoping to drop this one late January/early February 2019.
Artistry by Demar Douglas, The Painter of Dreams.
A lot of history in this place. Named after former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Hoping to host a few Storytellers’ Collaborative events here in 2018.
Here’s an inspiring look at the power of Collaborative Storytelling.
Visit www.culturallycodedcontent.com/storytellers-collaborative to subscribe to our mailing list, and then join us during one of our monthly meetings.
Living in the Washington, DC/Metro area has been one of the highlights of my life. Besides being a hop and a skip from President Barack and First Lady Michelle, I am also closer to family, friends and relatives. What more could a man want? But, for me, going through the relocation process is more than just moving from one city to another. It also affords me the time I need to reflect, dig deep to catalog the messages that could potentially impact other people’s lives for the better.
As many of you know, I am passionate about entertaining, educating and enlightening others. That’s why I founded Culturally Coded Content as a creative writing and strategic planning firm. In the past, I have been known to speak out, and write, about various topics. However, the two topics that I am most passionate about are Positive Youth Development and Prosperity (both temporal and eternal).
According to Wikipedia.com, Positive Youth Development refers to “intentional efforts of other youth, adults, communities, government agencies and schools to provide opportunities for youth to enhance their interests, skills, and abilities. And Prosperity, both temporal and eternal, is securely connected to the favor one receives from a transformative and merciful Creator. When the two topics are meshed together, you craft messages that give children, adolescents and young adults the impetus for leading what I call independently fearless and empowered lives.
And that is what the first presentation in my new Jeffery Faulkerson | PRESENTS series is all about. I’m endeavoring to speak to 100 middle and high school students within the next 5-6 months about The Principles of L.I.F.E. (Living Independently Fearless & Empowered). Too many of our young people are walking through life fearful and disempowered because they lack what I call an Adult L.I.F.E. Vision. Without this Adult L.I.F.E. Vision, young people are destined to lead mediocre lives rather than excellent ones.
The first three Principles of L.I.F.E. are simple:
Principle # 1 (Behavior Management): Take every thought captive because your thoughts control your feelings, your feelings your behaviors.
Principle # 2 (Academic Achievement): Develop the maturity and discipline to make A’s in all of your classes, for scholarships are given to scholars not students.
Principle # 3 (College & Career Awareness): Take full advantage of opportunities to learn more about self, college and career.
There are four more. If you would like to know what they are, and how youngsters can use all seven to do L.I.F.E. the right way, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss pricing and scheduling.
Come on, y’all!
Let’s do L.I.F.E. together.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.