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Being Relentless


I was on my lunch break and working on one of my books on my iPad. During the summer I spend half of my lunch break outside enjoying the good weather (since we don’t get it much living in New York). My coworker was leaving for the day and came to say goodbye. She asked me how was I working on my writing in the middle of my work day. That’s where I began sharing my truth.

The conversation shifted to how there’s a bigger goal for me at the end of this (granted to me I don’t think there ever will be an end for me). She said she doesn’t know how I do it because she’s tired after a long work day. I was only halfway through my workday and was on my 2nd wind of getting new energy to finish my day.

There’s a big difference between the people who want to accomplish their goals and the ones that don’t. I’m the guy who will tell you straight to your face you don’t have what it takes. I can tell if someone has that drive, the relentless attitude and the ‘get it done’ approach to accomplishing your goals. A large percentage of people really don’t have that in their DNA. They have more excuses than doing the actual work (I see this all of the time with people).

Next came the question of whether I had a deadline (which I do but I don’t tell people those things), but I did say it’s a book I plan on publishing at the end of the year and I’m ahead of schedule since I have 4 written books done. There’s a relentless mindset in my head to get work done. The blogs, podcasts, the books, recording audiobooks, getting book reviews, the whole works, it’s all a process. 

See here’s the thing, I’ve had plenty of talks with her about goals, getting things done and she hasn’t gotten to that place where she wants it with every ounce of blood in her body. It’s a process with this and everyday I’m getting closer to reaching the ultimate goal, having millions of people reading my books and working on making the world a better place to live. 

A few people tell me I’m their motivation but am I really? Or are they just impressed by my work ethic (which I’ve always had) that I’m always working on something? It’s not easy (even though some people think it is). There’s no way I get the work done if I didn’t make the sacrifices in my life to get to where I am. 

Just think about the amount of time you spend on social media engulfed in other people’s lives or the amount of time you spend watching TV and doing nothing while watching. Or the amount of time during the summer you’re out with your friends having a good ol’ time. The family events, BBQs, baby showers and weddings you go to, that’s great and all but do you realize it all takes away from what you should be doing. You’re constantly being thrown distractions, it’s a matter of what you allow to infiltrate your life.

Yes, I’ve missed a few weddings, baby showers, BBQs, family events, hangin out with friends, not going to sports games all so I can invest into my future. It’s hard to miss those things but in my mind it’s about reaching millions of people through my writing and telling stories that need to be heard. Of course there are other reasons why I’m working so hard at this but reaching millions is the big reason why.

At the end of the day, you’re either going to do the work or you aren’t. There’s no half-assing in this game. There’s no bullshitting, there’s no taking days off for long periods of time. Whatever your passion is and what you love, you have to eat, drink, sleep, dream, think and emote about every single day. No ifs, ands, or buts about it, it should be all that you’re focused on. And in between that, taking brief breaks to vacation, relax, recharge the battery but when that brief break is over, it’s time to get back to doing the work. 

Always remember, the work isn’t going to do itself and the grind is well worth it. 

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers 
Aquarianmind 
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To Those Who Are Pursuing Their Goals


I'm going to be very honest with you. If you are pursuing your goals, there will be people who won't understand your grind. There will be people who won't understand your vision. Those are the people that will be hard to keep around in your life. You will eventually have to distance yourself from them or cut them off altogether to get to where you want to be.

Accomplishing your goals is a mental game in your mind. There will be days you don't want to do a thing and you have to push yourself to get things done. Having people around you to push you, motivate you and inspire you will go a long way, believe me. Honestly, I don't have people to push me to get things done, I have to do it myself. I think of the end results of all of these blogs, books, audio books, marketing, promoting, podcasts, and social media content that I do.

I'm quite sure you have plenty of people around you who complain about their lives but do nothing about it. Or the people who live for Fridays and dread Sunday nights. The people who dread Monday mornings when their alarm clock goes off and it's back to just existing when they could be living. The people who want to be entrepreneurs and control their own destiny but don't want to do the work.

The company you keep determines how far you go in life. You definitely need people around you or people to look up to that will push you to your greatest potential. If you don't have a love/hate relationship with the journey, then it's not something you love. When you love what you do, there will definitely be days and tasks where you don't want to do a thing and that's when you push yourself to the next level.

So to those who are pursuing their goals, keep going no matter what. Learn everything that you need to, take a risk every once in a while (in regards to an investment or a business decision). Sometimes we have to go all out to see what will happen. Just keep in mind that not everyone needs to know your every move, moving in silence goes a long way.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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The World We Live In Series

The World We Live In series is the most challenging to write and it’s because I write about 19 characters. So imagine trying to develop story lines for every character all while addressing societal issues that they’re dealing with. I address a lot of societal issues that are going on everyday and we tend to sweep it under the rug too much.
Rape, domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, molestation, drug addiction, alcohol addiction, depression, and many other subjects. I wanted to have different age groups, genders and switching it between men and women to keep the book exciting. I felt that it was best to do it this way so there isn’t a specific focus on certain age groups or genders. 

These books are very emotional to write and the way I write them is stepping into their shoes and envisioning what they would be feeling and going through. It’s about putting yourself there and fully understanding their struggles they’re experiencing. Sometimes I have to stop and collect my thoughts and it gets emotional. Certain characters affect me in more ways than one and it’s making sure that you’re developing a great story line to them.

All of the characters are dealing with struggles in their own way. These books take the longest to write because it’s about writing fictional content that does happen in real life. The goal is to make these characters relate to everyone and that there’s at least one that will resonate with you and you understand their struggles. 

These books pack a punch full of emotions and feelings that people go through on a regular basis. While I’ve published the first 3 books of the series, the remaining 2 books of the series will be published in February 2019 with Part 4 releasing one week and the ending of the series Part 5 releasing a week after. 

Parts 1-3 are available on all major bookstores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, and Scribd). 
                                   The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues
The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues Part 2
The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues Part 3










Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 
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Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Series

The Code Blue Series somehow became something bigger than me. The best way to describe it is looking at the world now and what’s going on, on the police force. I started to question what good cops are feeling in a position where they’re forced into upholding their badge than their own morals and values. 
When I decided to write about Gary, I knew I had to take race out of the picture when it came to him and who he was. In my mind, I had to say, let’s focus on the racism in America between police officers and black and Latino men. What is not discussed is how there are black and Latino police officers who are racist against their own too. It’s not just white cops versus black and Latino men. 

There was a need to address that in my books but in the midst of it, you’re trying to figure out what race Gary is. The reality is no matter what race Gary is or you choose to make him, any police officer who commits the wrongs that I write about in my books, there’s a lack of upholding the oath you took to protect and serve the community. It becomes follow agendas and doing what you’re told regarding black and latino men.

We lose a sense of the things that are constantly going on because it doesn’t happen to us. It’s a mentality of, “if it doesn’t happen to me, I’m good.” Well...until it does and by that point it’s too late in addressing the constant issues that are going on in our communities daily. Gary is the good cop who’s caught in a lot of things he never thought he would be.

The community he grew up in and decided to serve and protect has become a city of turmoil. I felt I had to incorporate him having a child because there’s always someone looking up to you and this is the prime example of it. Gary, Jr. is an innocent child who doesn’t know the atrocities of the world until he starts watching the news at night and seeing his father at crime scenes and wanting answers.

There was a need to make Gary, Jr. the smart, intuitive child who is keen to what’s going on around him. That forces Gary to fess up to his wrongdoings and admit that he’s part of the cover ups, corruption and lies. It makes him realize he’s a hypocrite in teaching his child to being honest and doing the right things when he isn’t doing it himself.

The relationship between them is constant throughout the series with a plethora of letters written to each other. I thought of doing emails or phone calls but I wanted to go old school with their communication before technology engulfed and infiltrated our daily lives. It’s a relationship that becomes tumultuous and Gary ends up losing the two most important people in his life, his wife and his son because he’s so engulfed in a job that’s made its way into their home. 

The series takes a lot to write because I want to make sure I’m addressing the corruption while keeping Gary’s thoughts and feelings in it. It’s a hard battle and also writing it to where it’s believable, truthful and Gary is someone you can relate to. He’s a combination of a protagonist and antagonist and it’s something that isn’t done often in stories. This is to make you think about how many good cops who want to do the right thing, this is a job that want to do but you are forced into this brotherhood of keeping the lies, secrets and corruption among themselves. 

My goal with this series is to not only make you think and realize what’s going on in America daily, but to also put you in a police officer’s shoes as he/she pounds the pavement everyday. Are there good cops, definitely. But there’s also the bad ones and the biggest problem is the good ones aren’t exposing the bad ones, afraid of the backlash, losing their careers, their paychecks and pensions which is one of the first things I address in the beginning of Part 1.

Hopefully you all understand and realize that there’s a lot that has to be done to make society a better place. The battle is exposing it all from what goes on in the streets to inside of the precincts and corporate offices in America. It’s up to us to get things right and remember it all starts with the guys in suits and then it trickles down to the police departments. 

Code Blue 1-3 is available on all major bookstores (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes and Scribd). Part 4 releases December 2018. 



Jamell Crouthers

Aquarianmind 
 
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