I NEED MORE: WHEN CAREER IS NOT ENOUGH

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“I want more.”


OUTSIDE THE 9-5

We work our jobs, have goods, some more than good, but it is not enough to keep us happy. And that is something that so many people can’t understand especially if you make a lot of money. People automatically feel if you have money, what is there to complain about. Well, there is a lot to complain if you don’t have much going on outside the day job. So many of us, get up and go to work, but that’s it. Our work is what defines us, which can be a bit of a problem. So make sure you’re doing things that can make you happy once you come home from work.

TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN

Whatever you do people, just be sure that it is worth the fight. And the reason being is because you don’t want your life to have meant nothing. So many people, especially now, they fight for their careers, but then their lives lack. It amounts to nothing more than just a check, which no one will remember after you’re dead and gone. And the hard part is that you can never get those moments back again. Those tactile moments that move you forward. Hold on to them for as long as possible.

LOCATE THE SOURCE

The vast majority of what you do is predicated on your career. So when your job is not enough it starts to eat away at you. Because if so much is about what you do, then outside is so empty, you will never reach that place of where you want to be. So harness that something you are looking for in life, it will make you happy along with the work.


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COMPETITIVE CAREER FRIENDSHIPS

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“Let’s be friends later.”


COMPADRE COMPETITION

Having friends in similar careers or different careers, but similar career drive, will create a pretty good competition. And to be perfectly honest, i think that it’s a good thing that you and your friends have this type of comradery. It will push you guys forward toward where you both need to be in life. And without that, or close circle of friends you tend to lose something that you’re fighting for. You compete against life, but you don’t have these people close by to chase to your dreams. Making this a life experience can be healthy, just as long as you have friends that all share that similar thought process. It can be hard to stomach when there are negative mind-frames in the mix.

YOU LAUNCH AND THEY DON’T

What happens when you start to take off and your friends do not? This can start to be a burden when you build more and more. They may turn their attention to you because they are not going in the direction where they see themselves in a place of success. You would think that your success would make them want to fight harder. And initially they do, but eventually they turn on you. So you have to pick your friends wisely because these are the people that will either make you better or bring you down.

THAT INNER FIGHT

Where does the fight come from when you have that competition? I don’t know, maybe nature gives us this type of comradery is what we need as a species. And even when you don’t have friends, watching people pushes you as well.


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APPRECIATING THE SPACE YOU ARE IN

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“Keep your eyes on you.”


YOUR GOAL IS THE GOAL

Far too often people are looking over at what other people are doing and how they are building their futures. And they are not grateful enough of where they are at by doing so. Plus, sometimes who can blame them when you have a social media platform that is a constant reminder of how awful your life is in the world. Because you just have a mundane life and everyone is doing something so much better. Then again so many people lie about their great lives on social media. But this is more than just that, it’s people who frown on why they are not where others are in life. Some even will squander a blessing because they feel they deserve more than the person with more.

KNOW WHEN TO CASH OUT

Life success is not only about building, but sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel. And a lot of people just don’t know when to throw the towel in this thing called life. You will win $100 million in prize money, but another person will win $500 million. That is their winnings, but don’t throw away your ticket. Sometimes you just have to cash out here in life. And look at the bright side, most people don’t get even a small percentage of $100 million. But it’s something about people not seeing themselves that they won’t cash out, but throw the ticket away.

NEVER GOOD ENOUGH

There is always someone better than you at something. So if you are constantly comparing yourself and looking at another person’s success, you never can live the space you have carved out for yourself. And trust and believe, someone would love to swap places with you. That person might also be close to catching you as well. So why you’re comparing yourself to others, the person behind you might pass you and now you’re even further from the top.


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CROSS COUNTRY CAREER: WHEN FAMILY IS NUMBER 2

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“Which comes first?”


BALANCING ACTS

When you are working toward your career and trying to make strides in building, you miss out on a lot. As a matter of fact, what happens when you are from an entirely different part of the country? Like myself, I am from the Midwest, so I miss on quite a bit. But it is what it is, you’re working your regular day job. You can’t just say, “Hey, I’ll hop a flight back home and come back tomorrow.” It’s just not realistic to think you can live like this. You just have to come back when you come back. And your family has to realize that you are not close and have to see them later. But then again, you’re not the only person who probably lives far away.

THE NEW NORMAL

More and more young people are moving away from home. It’s because to find work, some people have to move away since work may be hard to come by in some places. Families are also becoming a lot more fragmented because of the shift. Yet, it is considered normal and most families are fine with it. I myself often think about the family far away, but they even understand. Considering the place where I come from is so poor. The work is rare, so you have to make moves in your life.

GOTTA DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO

I know it hurts, but you have to make those moves to build your life. You can’t be afraid to have a career because you’re worried about leaving family. If you live in a city where you don’t have to move fine, but sometimes you have to go. Realize there is nothing where you are, and make adjustments to leaving. So, be well, and good luck on your journey.


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LOVING WHAT YOU DO BUT NOT THE PEOPLE

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“We get along because we have to.”


THE WORKPLACE

Imagine working on a job that you love to come to everyday. But then you have to work around people that you don’t quit get along with. That means occupying a space with multiple people that you share space eight hours per day, five days a week. So even a job you love can be stressful when being around these types of people. And what do I mean by these types of people? I mean people who you cannot hold a conversation with without there being an issue. Someone that you are in close proximity with, but they are just not the least bit conversational. People who keep a conflict going in the space, and also people that try to sabotage everything you do at work. This usually comes a place of insecurity and threat of losing out to you.

MAKE THE BEST OF IT

Try to do the best thing possible which outreach at first. I myself am not a person who does not talk much on my jobs, but it is because it has something to do with me focusing on work being social. I just like to focus on work and then outside of work engage in a little more social. But the only problem is, people I work with don’t see that aspect of me. And getting to know me, you’ll see that. So you have to be patient with some people. But then there are others that you have to just act like they don’t exist. It’s hard, especially if you have to work on a team with them.

LAST DITCH EFFORT

I honestly think that even when you like your job, sometimes people can be so toxic that you have to jump ship. You have to look at your surroundings and realize that things are not getting better and it’s better to remove yourself fully. Now, most people figure things out, but the few that can’t stay around get the hell out of there. So realize where you stand on the spectrum make a decision according.


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GATES KEEPERS AND THEIR PLACE TODAY

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“Are they necessary?


OPEN THE DOOR, LET ME IN

In any career, there are these people who stand at the gates when it comes to trying to succeed. And they are the keepers of the gates that allow you the access through to the other side. But in the America we live in today, I’m not so sure that we need those gatekeepers like we did in the past. We in such a digital age that you can open up doors for yourself. As a matter of fact, you don’t need to come in the gate and meet different people to be great. You can now create your own system and be the keeper yourself. But there are a few places where you still might need to get that foot in the door via someone you need to know to make moves.

CLOSED ACCESS

In an attempt to build a career, there are jobs that require some type of gatekeeper. It can even be seen as a good thing to have gatekeepers. For example, you want to go work for the Pentagon or Area 51, then you are going to have to jump through some crazy hoops. This is because there are government clearance checks you have to go through, but also knowing people who can vouch for you is important. These are not jobs that are easy to come by, and shouldn’t be easy to come by. But we still have the ability to climb in a lot of other areas.

BREAK THE GATE DOWN

In the space of media, you have the ability to knock the gate down. In the space of engineering, you have a lot of abilities to knock down the gate. It’s because the way technology is designed, you no longer have to go through various chains to be where you want to be in life. You can put yourself in position to where the gatekeepers are asking for the ability to be in your space.


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A NEW AGE OF RETIREMENT

Man and Woman Sitting on Brown Wooden Bench“Young and retired.”


THE NEW 65

I have been reading articles about how so many young people have aspirations to retire at a young age. And when I say, I mean really young. You say when, well 4o years of age. Which to put things into perspective, I am 32 going on 33. Seven years is not that far off until 4o years old. So to think about retiring that young is crazy. It’s because when you look at someone that is 40 years old when you’re 20 years old, it seems far-fetched to reach that age. But I remember 20 years old which was 13 years ago. So to think about Sophomore year in college until now, 20 years is not that long. But why the rush to stop working so fast in life. Because the average person lives to be 80 years old. What will you do for the next 40 years.

A JOB VERSUS A CAREER

So many people work a job that they hate, so the idea of working until you’re 65 years old is gut-wrenching. So we all have these ideas that we can stop a lot sooner. Reality is that most people will be working until they reach an elderly age. So be prepared to do so. I hate to be that bearer of bad news, but you will. So don’t fight for something that is not going to happen. Now, on the other hand, you can build over the next 20 years so that your life is in a good place at the age of 40 years. This way you can build for the next 25 years after to relax through old age. This is more rational than stopping at 40 years old.

40, YUCK!

Who truly want to stop when they are 40 years old. It’s such a young age for anyone to stop working in their lives. Even if you have the means to do so, it just doesn’t make any sense to want to stop. But as you approach, people usually change their perspective. Because if you try to quite so young, your boredom will force you into something new.


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