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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WORKING YOUR LIFE AWAY

Photo of a Woman Thinking

“I hope it’s worth it.”


CLOCKING IN AND OUT

We all get up and go to work each and every morning; well most people at least. But then there are the people who that’s all they do is work. And I hope whatever they do it’s worth the fight because that time you spend doing whatever you can never get it back. So make sure this means a lot to you since your life will be based upon it once you reach the end. You are going to miss out on pivotal moments in your life as well as the people around you. Friends and family will marry and have children without you being present. Not to mention the holidays that take place. Oh, and one more thing, the deaths that occur over time. I know, me myself, living in another part of the country, you go back home and don’t even recognize your family that has grown up. They were babies when you leave and teenagers now or adults.

NEVER REACHING THAT PLACE

Can you imagine getting old and realizing that everything you did is in preparation for a life that is no longer relevant. That is what happens with so many people who push for success. Or better, they never reach where it is they truly want to be in life. It has to be the hardest thing in the world to realize. And then you look over the life you’ve lived and come to also realize that you missed out on all the great things from friends and family. You probably lost people along the way you can never get back. It could have been through just growing apart or even death. But is at always as bad as it seems? And the answer is no.

WHEN IT’S GOOD IT’S GOOD

Now that the bad things are out of the way, what about the good that comes with the focus. And when it works itself out, it does in an amazing fashion. Because all that work and time put in, means you have built a pretty good portfolio for yourself. And the people who are often afraid to build wonder how you did it. As if you just woke up one day and had all these things in life going for you. It took many years and a lot of restraint. You missed a lot but you also gained a lot. And as far as the people, not everyone is meant to be with you on your journey. You will lose some people, but that is expected.


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FOUR MONTHS FOR CAREER

Group of People In Dress Suits

“Where are going in your career?”


GO FOR WHAT YOU KNOW

Over the next four months, I will be sharing with you my ideas and views on a career. Building a career and having a career. I myself am on the path of trying to build my career this year. I will be working on portrait photography as well as Creative Direction. All the while working on my screenplays that I will be submitting into contest. Now, what are your career paths in life?


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HIGH EXPECTATIONS-LOW OUTCOME: ARE YOU READY TO BE UPSET

Man in Black Shirt and Gray Denim Pants Sitting on Gray Padded Bench

“How disappointing.”


man that hurt

Ever tried to go for an opportunity and then you get hit with the big rejection? And that is when you realize that no matter how hard you work, some things are just not going to be for you. You can put your heart and soul into whatever it is you’re doing, yet at the end of the day it means nothing. Someone will get the gig over you, but what hurts the most is someone who got it and wasn’t nearly as good as you. And that’s when you find out, there are other qualities besides being good at something. This can be frustrating because I thought that is what you needed was pure talent.

are you sure ¬†you’re that good

You have this idea that you were the best, but were you? Nobody want to think that they were not that good. But in reality, you might not be that good. So you worked hard, but this person was still better. Thy might not have worked as hard either, but they were nonetheless better. Now some people observe what that person did, and then they try to figure out what they did wrong. But so many people won’t do that, they just end up not liking the person who got the role.

it’s the nature of the game

Guess what people, it is what it is. You didn’t get it, so regroup and go back at it. That is apart of the game . And that is the setbacks that comes with not getting what you want. Those that do go on to succeed are the ones that keep at it until they do get that major opportunity. The ones that don’t get the opportunity are the ones that complain about how they got passed up.


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LEAVING THEM BEHIND: HOW YOUR CAREER FORCES YOU TO LOSE PEOPLE

Man Sitting on Bench

“No longer in my life.”


you lose them sometimes

As you embark on your career, and then come into your career, you may lose people. And when I say lose people I am not referring to the people that are in society looking from afar. I am referring to the family and friends in your life. Well, more so the friends in your life then your family. Why, well in order to further get ahead in life, more and more time is spent away from the people you call friends. And this means shifting further and further away from them. Now, you don’t want to shift away form them, but there are just going to be people you lose for no other reason besides the fact that they don’t quit understand what you do. And that doesn’t mean what you do career, but your willingness to fight because they are only thinking in context of their own careers.

moving in the same direction

You want to hang around people going in your same projected direction. And that direction is not always the direction that the people closest to you is going. And in the case of family, you tend to see family less, but they are your family. Your friends, you can go years without really acknowledging the fact that you guys are friends. Especially once marriage and children start to come into the mix of things. And it doesn’t dawn on you until there is a down moment in life or down time, when you say to yourself, “Where have this person/people gone?” And that’s when you realize how busy you’ve been in life.

if they grind, they’ll understand

Anyone who is pursuing and endeavor will know what your struggle is about. And they will not take it personally. Those are the people who are around and will be for years to come. And you will notice, that the circle of people get smaller even around them as well. But through all this, you take on new relationships as well. The friends you once had may be gone, and new ones form through people may have thought you would have never hung with before.


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