FALLING FORWARD: HOW TO BOUNCE BACK FROM FAILURE

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“Have you ever felt like quitting?” 


We all have gone through it at some point in our lives. Failure; failure is something we have to learn to deal with in life. It’s what makes successful people who they are in society. No successful person has become successful without having to jump the hurdle that is failure. And the reason I said hurdle, is because you ever watch track and field? See the people who run their race and then out of nowhere they trip and fall over one of the hurdles. From that point on the race is lost. What makes that person great is their willingness to never give up. You eventually see them winning and think it came naturally to them. But little do you realize, it took a lot of falling.

Now, the example I have would be my own path in life. I am pursuing a career in filmmaking as well as an author. My first film was a short where I only raised 60% of my budget to make my film. One of the actresses didn’t show and the sound was not that great. Yet I still made my first short with limited help. I also self-published a novel and a book of short stories together. Both have been moving relatively slowly, but I have already started on my next novel, book of short stories, as well as next short film. So what was it that made me regroup and start fresh? Why didn’t I just say, “You know what, this didn’t work, let me move on to something new.” Why, well, it’s because I believed I had something. A vision that only I could see, and I would have to persevere and keep moving forward.

That is the key element; moving forward, or better yet falling forward. When you you fail, you fall, but fall into the next short film, the next book, the next objective. Always be falling into something else because before you know it, you’ll be falling into success. People will go, I can do that, and that’s when you’re doing your job. You do it so seamlessly well, it makes the outcome look so easy to perform, yet quit difficult under the surface. But this is a process that takes years to perform. People can only see the finished product while you know and understand the entire process you had to overcome. The heartache through failure time and time again. But each time you got up and kept going.

In the end, we all have a journey to a means. It’s tough because when you get to a point in life, people treat it as if you were born into this life. Like you woke up one day and poof, success. They don’t see the long arduous road to where you are now. And it’s because of that in the moment view they can’t get to where they want to go. They see the now and where they want to go in the future. They are not willing to put in the work of falling and getting up, falling and getting up. But those who are willing to put in the time and work will eventually fall. They’ll fall forward into success.


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Author: faheemjackson44

I am from Racine, Wisconsin where I was raised until I graduated high school back in the year 2006. That entire time growing up in my mother's house, I was a student athlete. My goal was to embark on a general business career or athletics. But injuries through sports stopped a sports path, so I decided upon business with a focus in marketing. While attending undergraduate school at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I began to write screenplays in my senior year. At first it was for fun, but I quickly learned writing allow me to transfer negative energy into characters I created. This led to a decrease in depressing mood swings, which in turn boosted my quality of life. After undergraduate school in May of 2011, I move to New York City for graduate school. While pursuing my MBA, I continued to write screenplays, but always wanted to write novels as well. I finished graduate school back in the year 2014, but wrote screenplays until I began thinking of my first short film, first First Day Fears. While finishing my fifth feature length screenplay, I started to write my first novel this year. So far, I have finished my first short film and working on my next one (Freedomless Speech), and recently self published my first novel (The Boy Who Could Talk To God) and short stories book (Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Volume 1). My feature length screenplays have been put on temporary hold to finish my short films and books, but I am making good progress on my sixth feature length screenplay. With year 2017 ending, I am currently writing my novel Precinct 86 and Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Vol. 2. I have started teaching myself photography since 2018, along with my videography, podcast later on, and more research for my filmmaking.

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