Friday, September 29, 2017

My Success

I've accomplished a lot in my life (so what other people say), which is true in a lot of ways. The crazy thing is those things don't define me at all. I graduated high school, college and worked for some of the biggest companies in this country and the world. I'm not gonna go naming companies because that's not what this blog is about. 

None of those jobs I've had even mattered and the one I have now doesn't matter to me either. I work for the biggest and most well-known hospital in the U.S. and it doesn't phase me. People make a big deal when they see my résumé but it doesn't matter to me. 

See Corporate America doesn't work for me, I don't fit in it and it doesn't fit into my life, my talents and goals. Corporate America to me is monotony, there's no change (maybe in company policies or departmental changes) but in hindsight, it's the same routine every. fucking. day. Waking up at the same time and doing the same routines. Basically being a programmed robot.

My biggest success and accomplishment in my life was writing and publishing my first book. The Struggles and Growth of a Man was the game changer to my life. That's when I realized my purpose in life. It's to inspire, motivate and empower others and to break people out of societal standards and expectations. It's to get people to think about themselves, their lives, the environment they live in and to stop their bad thinking habits.

With every book that followed, to me, that was more success. With every new book idea, that's success. With every small poem I write, that's success. With every person that I reach and get to critically think about life, I've done my job. Some days I write, most I don't. I don't put pressure on myself to do it, which I why I very rarely get writer's block. My words just flow and I'm glad that my words can resonate with others.

Sometimes I lose track of my successes and forget that I'm impacting others. There isn't going to be any defining moment to me that says, "I'm successful." For me, it started the moment I brainstormed my first session on my first book and wrote about a character named Robert that relates to me and a lot of the struggles I deal with as a man in his 30s. Especially in a crazed world where your mind can drift all over the place because of a plethora of distractions daily. 

If I ever become a best selling author or I start getting recognized for my work and what I'm doing, that's when people will start saying that I'm successful. It's funny how life works and how the world manages to program and train your mind to think and define success as awards, accolades, being on a television screen or being heard behind a microphone. 

Everyone has their own definition of success, I've just learned and realized that I don't need a huge house, expensive cars and lavish this to show off to the world. I'm already successful, I just have the bigger goal of having millions of people reading my books and being impacted by my words. I honestly only want to take care of my parents, buy a townhome, drive a Genesis G70 and travel the world.

As mentally draining at this process is, it's worth it. I just would rather be focused on the journey everyday instead of some days. Having a full-time job cuts into a lot of what I'm trying to do and accomplish. But eventually I'll figure out how I can focus on my writing more and less on things that don't matter to me.

Don't let society determine what you think success is. Stay humble in the process and know that most people don't care and they only will when the light is shining on you. Not many will walk with you through the dark tunnel. 

Stay focused and take mental breaks when needed. 

Be good

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Books Aren't For Everyone

The inevitable was going to happen...I got my first bad review of one of my books...the book...America Under Mind Control. Is it bothering me? Nope. Do you want to know why? Because there's way too many catastrophic events going on in this world to be griping about one bad review.

The reality is, my books aren't for everyone. I won't post the review on here because for one, it'll drive attention to the reviewer and that's surely not my goal. Secondly, it'll make me look like someone who's petty and mad and the reality is, I'm not and I don't care that much.

The reason why I'm writing this is because a lot of people who write don't know how to handle and deal with criticism and bad reviews. For me, it doesn't bother me because I've dealt with plenty of criticisms in my life about who I am and many others things. At the end of the day, we're all growing, human beings trying to better ourselves (or so I hope).

America Under Mind Control was written to get people to think about what's going on in America today. The reviewer said I need to do research and I was paranoid about too many things. To me, research isn't necessary on subject matter that's right in front of our faces. Things that are being done intentionally to try and keep us under control from the decisions we make to the food we eat to the things we buy.

This is the only book so far that when people read it, they're not going to agree with plenty of things I say. That's why I wrote it, to bring more discussion to what's going on in the world today. I'm trying to change the world one book at a time and the more readers that read it, the better it is to have an open forum on the subject matter that I wrote about.

I tackled a lot of topics and if you don't get it, that's perfectly fine. It's a lot to take in all at once and I've already learned that not everyone is going to like my books. For one, I write my books in poetry format and it's about societal issues. So going in, it's not the traditional book and secondly, you don't know what to expect. I like knowing that when a reader gets their hands on my book.

So to all of the writers, authors, bloggers and creators, keep writing. Chicken Soup for the Soul and the Harry Potter series didn't take off right away and those are some of the best selling books of all-time. My goal isn't bestseller status and getting accolades, I do this because I love it, it's my passion and I feel I'm blessed with a talent to impact others.

I want people to feel, emote and express themselves and that one reviewer did that. I could respond on Goodreads where the review is posted but there's no need to. You're not going to be liked by everyone and your talents and abilities aren't going to resonate with everyone.

I love the grind, and I loved getting that review. It only motivates me more and keeps me going. I've dealt with enough rejections in my life from not getting into the high school I wanted, the college I wanted, jobs not hiring me, not making it as a sports broadcaster and many other things. I guess that's what keeps me humble in this whole process. I never get too high and I never get too low, I'm always even and level-headed. I try to stay in the moment and keep striving for greatness.

No matter how far I go in this, I will always be thankful for the readers and the fans that I do have so far. So keep going everyone, life is a journey we must embrace.

Be good and go accomplish those goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Characters I Write About In My Books

When I began writing, I never really thought I was going to write as many books as I have. I surely didn't think I would have this many book ideas that would come to me. But with so many societal issues that are going on, I knew that I could write about characters that would resonate with others. Throughout my reviews, people have felt and emoted through reading about these different characters that I write about.

I choose not to share my reviews on my blogs because you can easily go to my Amazon page or Goodreads page and see them yourself, my goal isn't to be boastful about my reviews that I receive from people.

The Struggles and Growth of a Man

Robert was created out of people that I know and have experienced things living in a bad neighborhood and going through struggles in their lives. Some of his experiences emotionally are things that I've felt and gone through. A lot of the other things I write about were experiences friends have gone through and also seeing bad neighborhoods that I've lived in or have gone through at some point while living in New York City.

I knew that I had to get people drawn into him early on in my first book so it keeps you the reader reading the book. It's a journey through life with Robert and Part 2 (coming in December) will be nothing short of more experiences that he'll experience in his life. This series of books is to open people's eyes to what masculinity is and why society has brainwashed us men into thinking that being mentally, physically and emotionally tough is not what makes a real man.

Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun

Gary is a police officer on the force and while we all have this perception of what a police is or should be, I wanted to shine light on the interpersonal thoughts that may go on inside of their minds. I wanted to bring some emotion to this book of how there just might be that one police officer who knows the wrongs that are going on but he/she hasn't figured out a way to make it right without sacrificing their careers.

I needed to bring a perspective that no one has seen in books related to the police and I wanted to write it from a police officer's perspective. There's a lot of emotion that goes into it because Gary has a son that wants to be a police officer too and he has a family who loves and cares about him in so many ways. So there's a sense of what to do, guilt, thinking about other people's families, something that is not done with his superiors within the department and the police commissioner of the city.

So that's my thought process while writing these books. The World We Live In Series, with 19 characters, I'll delve into those characters and my thought process with them in my next blog. The World We Live In Part 3 releases on Friday by the way!

In the meanwhile, please take sometime and look at my books on Amazon and if you like one, you know what to do! My books are on other platforms (Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Scribd, Tolino, 24 Symbols and many more).

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