Kenji Jackson, a native New Yorker but a current resident of Baltimore, MD is a wonderful example of the idea that becoming conscious of your better nature allows you to live out loud as the best version of your true self…
Kenji the educator, mentor and author brings a refreshing energy to the community and the lives he touches daily.
Here’s a little more about Kenji, the founder and CEO of BKS Worldwide (Building Knowledge and Success)…
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a native New Yorker, born in Harlem and raised in the Bronx. I am an educator at heart who genuinely cares about our youth. I am an avid sports fanatic who is at my happiest watching my NY Knicks, Giants and Yankees play. I love to shop, write, listen to music and engage in meaningful dialogue with intelligent forward thinking individuals.
When did your love affair with writing begin?
The day I realized how powerful writing can be. At the age of 18 I wrote an essay along with my college applications and it was my essay that got me into Morgan State University. Not my grades as I had a low H.S. GPA and dropped out of school to get my GED.
What type of author are you?
I write children’s books that focus on positive relationships, specifically the relationship between a father and son as well as important values and over coming fears.
How do you distinguish yourself from other authors?
My books feature vivid illustrations and the characters are based on real people and include real places. My readers can relate to my books because that characters look like them! These books also use a rhyme scheme to keep readers engaged.
Thoughts on being an author/entrepreneur.
I love being an author and an entrepreneur because I’m allowed to follow my vision and implement my ideas and I have complete creative control over my books and their contents.
Word of advice that you would give someone interested in becoming an author.
If you are thinking about writing a book, just do it!!! Take your time and aim for perfection.
How do you develop key partnerships?
With integrity and consistency. I treat those I do business with as if they are family without crossing lines that can damage the functionality of the partnership. Trust and being transparent is important to maintaining these partnerships. My partnership with my publisher and friend Heddrick McBride is an example of a great business relationship built on the morals I mentioned.
What habits help to make you successful?
Always being on time and a willingness to put in the work to get results has contributed to my success as well as aligning myself with the right people. I was fortunate to become part of a brotherhood while at MSU that has a lot to do with my success. As a member of The Men of TTC (Tenacious Talented and Capable Inc.) I am surrounded by like minded men who lead by example and hold me accountable yet support my endeavors. It is these men that taught me to live by the principle of “excellence without excuses” and this way of life has had a huge impact on my success.
What are your non-work habits that help you with your work-life balance?
I pride myself on consistency in producing and finishing what I start. Whether it’s in business, at work, in the gym or at home I try to maintain good habits and avoid procrastinating which isn’t always easy LOL!
What mark would you like to leave on the world?
I want to be remembered as a man who was part of the solution to improving our communities and helping to secure a positive future for our youth. I want my books to educate and empower children and lastly I want my son to have options in life and to benefit from the foundation I am building. At 4 years old and mildly autistic, my son has yet to discover that he is the star of a series of children’s books that soon will be in the libraries and classrooms of schools all around the world and that his classmates will be reading books with HIS name on the cover and through out the text. I think that is pretty cool!
What has been one of your most defining moments as an author?
My most defining moment as an author thus far would be the day I launched my first book. All of my friends and family came out to my book signing and showed love and support. I sold out of all of my books that day and I realized that I did something for the greater good and those around me support my movement. How can I stop writing when I have so many people with kids that support the messages in my books and believe in ME?
What authors inspire you?
To be honest my inspiration never came from an author… My inspiration comes from my SUN Kaiden Li
Who do you define as a visionary?
I would have to say a visionary is someone who has foresight and insight and isn’t afraid to push forward and do what is needed to carry out their vision in spite of naysayers and obstacles. My partner Heddrick McBride is most definitely a visionary as well as many of my TTC brothers.
If you had to overwhelm one of the 5 senses of everyone you came in contact with for a day, which of the senses would you chose?
The sense I would choose to overwhelm is sight…. The ability to see the vision. The ability to see the task at hand as a community, as a culture and as a Country. To be able to see the mission and carry it out collectively. It takes a village.
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