Author J. A. Faulkerson has announced the release of the first installment of his Young Achiever Playbook. Young Achiever Playbook: Planning To Achieve offers adolescents and young adults practical strategies for establishing firmer foundations for prosperous living. It is the latest entry 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 (Non-fiction). 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 https://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.
Jeffery A. Faulkerson