FJ Preston

Author | Entrepreneur

I wish I could skip this part, but precedent will not allow it. Here goes: I am a former Florida A&M University Presidential Scholar. I've been a guest speaker at 5 universities, several churches, two homeless shelters, and one federal correctional facility. I've been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio outlets, and on two "Morning Show" television broadcasts. 

As a documentary filmmaker, my work has been used by the United States Department of Labor's Job Corp program and I won the Mayor's Award for Public Service.

As a writer, my work has been featured at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and my first book is still being used in high schools around the United States.

As an entrepreneur, I've come a long way since selling Blow Pops in the seventh-grade — you might say I'm a million miles away. Since December, 2014 I've been completely debt-free. My wife and my children mean the world to me and about them I do not play games. And I’m proud to say I don’t drink either alcohol or high fructose corn syrup.

Now that that is out of the way, what I'd like you to know is...

Today is the best day of my life.

I am not concerned with yesterday or tomorrow, because all I have for sure is this moment. The bad that has visited my life is too much to list. The grace that has lifted me to amazing accomplishment is too much to measure. I thank God for showing me how to live in the moment, how to navigate real life, and how to be awesome.

This is coming from a person that has experienced a great deal of hardship. I know what it’s like to sit in a 4-cornered room, staring at candles. But this is what I learned: if I agree that my current situation is the result of an avalanche of systems and forces that conspired against me, then I also have to agree that I can’t do anything about it. So I don’t.

What I discovered from defeat, trial and measure, college, fatherhood, being in the moment, reading 300 books, owning 5 businesses, a failed marriage and a great marriage, believing in God and believing in myself is that if you do a specific set of maneuvers, you will reap a predictable set of results.

As you continue to reach your dreams, you've probably noticed what I learned the hard way: the higher we go, the smaller the circle gets. The good news is that as the victories accumulate, we see ourselves in a more positive light. We expect to succeed and believe we are champions. Let the others believe what they may. 

I hope this blog inspires you to explore new places, new ideas, new levels of achievement. You really can choose who you want to be.