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The Biggest Challenge In My Life...


Graduating high school? Nope.

Graduating college? Nope.

All of the jobs I've had in Corporate America? Nope. (noticed I said jobs, not career).

My biggest challenge in my life is this writing journey I'm on. It's challenging in so many aspects and I'm going to explain to you everything and break it down.

Writing books-like I've said in previous blogs, I would've never thought I'd publish one book let alone ten (up to this point). It's a challenge to write content that is going on in the world and to get people to realize that we can make the world a better place. That's why my mantra is, "trying to change the world, one book at a time."

I love the challenge of writing relevant content that will not only last in the moment now, but also in the future. I want my content to live on forever when I'm dead and gone (whenever that time comes). I'm trying to be legendary in what I write (not everyone will take a liking to my books, I've accepted that).

Trying to find readers who are interested in my books, getting book reviews and getting a consistent audience, that's the huge challenge. It's a grind but as long as I'm doing the work daily, the results will show.

Blogs-writing these blogs for you all to read is a challenge. Every blog for me has to be not just relevant in the moment when you're reading it, but 10 years from now, these blogs can be read and people will resonate with what's being said. That is the reason why I write blogs like these about my challenges, motivational blogs, blogs about my struggles, and blogs about how I write my books.

I always feel that readers don't ever get the opportunity to know how authors write their books and why. There's a reason for every book I write, I don't just write content just to do it. There's basically a method to my madness and I write with a purpose. It may not always sound right, it may not be perfect but we all have our imperfections.

Audiobooks-there was never a thought of doing audiobooks (I wasn't even thinking about paperbacks in the beginning of all of this). But as any entrepreneur (especially an author), you have to adjust to the market and what's trending. People love to multi-task, do things faster, some don't like to read words but listen to words so audiobooks has become one of the fastest forms of taking in content these days.

The thought of paying hundreds of dollars per book (imagine trying to get 10 audiobooks recorded by narrators), that's give or take close to $5,000 of money to spend getting audiobooks recorded (because eventually you'll have to get them all recorded). That kind of money can be spend in so many other avenues and arenas.

The other aspect of this is, the reader (or listener) would love to hear the author's voice, they wrote it, right? So I had to figure out how I was going to record audiobooks, let alone just do one book. I bought a small microphone from Amazon and found an app on my iPad and got to recording. Then...it sucked and it didn't sound the way I wanted it too.

I decided to stop being cheap and went and invested a little more into a more efficient microphone, found a better app for recording and went inside of my closet to record my audiobooks. An enclosed space where you basically feel like you're in a booth in a studio and I began recording. A lot of mess ups, mistakes, trying to pronunciate everything is a process. But man when you finish one book, you feel soooo accomplished.

Now, I'm back to recording audiobooks and my goal is to record all of my books and have them all on my website (I will not be selling them on Amazon for business purposes). Currently, The Struggles and Growth of a Man and Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun are available for purchase. When the series is finished with these titles, there will be a discounted price for all of them.

Podcasts-discussing relevant topics that are going on in not only America but also around the world is very important to me. Writing scripts for my podcasts so I stay on topic is good for me and it's more of small key points that I want to hit on during that specific podcast.

With so many things going on in the world, I try to record my podcasts within the moment but sometimes it may take me 1-2 weeks to hit on a subject that's been going on. I wait for the news coverage of certain things to die down a little bit before I discuss it in it's entirety.

Making sure I discuss relevant topics and issues is the goal and I want my podcasts to be engaging and make you think. I'm also sure to share my thoughts and experiences on certain subject matters so you get to know me a little more and who I am as a person and as a man, not just the author, writer and talker on the podcast.

YouTube-this website has become more challenging since my days of recording sports videos on the NBA. Algorithms have changed and trying to engage takes time. I have gone away from YouTube for the past few months and a lot of it has to do with all of the projects I've been working on.

Utilizing YouTube will help me in the long run when I get back to reciting my poetry and sharing the books that I've published. I try to recite poems that I've written recently that make you think about life. I will be working on more avenues and ways to get people to become engaged on my page.

Social Media-the reality is posting ads and my books doesn't get me anywhere and it never will. But I've found other avenues to get my books noticed, but I still have to be sure to post things that are going on with me on social media. I give bits and pieces of me because in reality, knowing me personally and my journey is when you'll truly know me.

This writing journey has been nothing short of challenging for me and it's everyday. I'm approaching 3 years on this journey and some days are great and others...well...I wanna scrap all of it and do something else.

Nothing comes easy and it's all a test to see how much you want it, remember that.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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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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