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Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun Audiobook Now Available!


It's with great pleasure to tell you, my first audiobook is available for purchase! I narrated my book Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun on audio and you can purchase it here on this website! Once you exit here, you will see it on the right side of the website, it's only $3!

I've put a lot of work into making sure it's good quality (it's not perfect) and it's a great way to listen to my book and hear my voice since I wrote the book myself. I decided not to go the route of publishing it on bookstore websites because it's either pay for a narrator (which is hundreds of dollars) or narrate it myself but it has to be perfect in sound (as if I recorded it in a studio) and that isn't feasible.

I was able to buy a good microphone from Amazon which connects to my iPad, I downloaded an app (from the apple store) that allows you to record it and I recorded my whole book. It took a few weeks (as there were some obstacles I had to face) and I was able to get it done.

The journey took a while but it was well worth it and I enjoyed every moment of it. The mess ups, re-recording, making sure I sounded good and pronunciated words correctly and my tone of voice was good, I was able to do it all on my own. I was recording it on another app and then things went bad and I unfortunately had to start over with the current application I'm using on my iPad.

I was able to send all of my audio recordings to my Google Drive (you can also send it to Dropbox and other places) and then I uploaded it to a website named Ganxy that allows you to setup audiobooks, ebooks and products for sale on your website. It's an easy process and they definitely get back to you if you have any questions.

Have a great week everyone, you can subscribe to my blog by typing in your e-mail on the top of the page and get these blog posts sent straight to your e-mail!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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My Work Ethic (And Where I Get It From)



My mom is where I get my work ethic from. Now that I've answered the question, I could end the blog here, right? Well, not necessarily, this is just the beginning of it. My mother always told me that whatever I put energy into, to give 100%. It's all or nothing at all, nothing in between. If it's in between, then you're basically half-assing it and it's pointless to do that.

So whether it was the workplace, friendships or relationships, I was always told to give 100% into it and when I hit a point of where I gave it my all, it was time to move on. In this blog, I'll go into my work ethic from a writing standpoint. The friendships and relationships part I'm quite sure you don't really care about and I get that.

As you all know, I had no idea I would even write one book, let alone six up to this point with many more to go (scary to think about right?). Since I've figured out my purpose in life, which is to write, motivate and inspire others I know that my work ethic is going to get me to where I want to be in life. My biggest goal is to have millions of people reading my books, being impacted by my stories and working to change the world we live in.

My mother is the epitome of my work ethic because she's been with one company for 28 years. I'm quite sure she never thought she would be with a company that long but she knows that it was well worth the journey. My goal is to have her retired before she turns 60 years old, which only makes me work harder all of the time.

My first book was published in February of 2016, by the end of this year, I will be 7 books into my journey. GOD forbid I died tomorrow, there would be 3 books that you would never read. Yes, you heard that correctly, 3 books, that are already written, edited, proofread and ready to go. So just imagine how much time I spend writing daily along with marketing, recording YouTube videos, social media engagement, planning out big projects and also planning to record my own audiobooks.

I work hard at this because it's my passion, I love it. The days where I don't wanna do a damn thing, to the days I wake up and know that it's going to be a real productive day. GOD sees my grind and it's hard and I just want to reap the rewards of my hard work. I invest a lot into myself because I believe in myself and the writing that I do.

So when you ask where I get my work ethic from, it's definitely from my mother. There's the challenge of wanting to get better at my craft every single day. I have my favorite books and poems that I've written but as I continue to write more, I will change my favorites poems for sure. When you have determination to succeed, that's what keeps me going (and a lot more other things).

Never forget where you come from and your life journey, it helps you appreciate things when you get to the mountaintop.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 2 Releases December 15th!


For those who don't know, my first book is the Struggles and Growth of a Man. It's about a young man in his 20s named Robert who has learned a lot about life, daily struggles and trying to mature into the man he wants to be. He's been brainwashed about the world and his role as a man and he's trying to break from that mold.

If you haven't read the first book, you definitely should as it is a journey into the mind of a man, his daily struggles in life and also insight into our thinking. With Part 2 releasing on December 15th, this is the continuation of the series and it is an emotional roller coaster ride for Robert the main character.

The writing of this book was very emotional, impactful and also insightful as you learn more about Robert and how he deals with many adversities in his life. Part 2 delves into things that we all experience in life and you get to learn about Robert the man a lot more in this book.

So if you haven't bought Part 1, please go get it as the eBook is currently 99 cents until the release of Part 2 on December 15th. I want you all to get a chance to read Part 1 as it's a great read and I've received great feedback from readers.

Here's the link on Amazon to go get Part 1. Part 2 is also on pre-order on Amazon and all other major bookstores!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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I Don't Compete With Others, I Compete With Myself


The biggest thing for me is to get better at my craft everyday. Do you know how I do that? By competing with myself. If I sat and worried about what everyone else is doing, I wouldn't have progress. I would not have published all of the books I have so far, I would not have written all of these poems and posted them on social media.

I always say you're only as good as the last accomplishment you achieved. Everyday I accomplish something on this journey of mine. Do I get complacent? Nope. Why? Because I have more to get done, I always have something that needs my attention.

I do everything on my own for the most part, I would say about 90% of it. There are a few things that I need other people to do for me and I pay them for it. Marketing my books, formatting my books, making book covers, doing interviews (I can't interview myself), I'm not good at everything. That's the self-awareness in me (as Gary Vaynerchuk would say).

For me, every poem I write about what I'm thinking, it's to engage and write better than that last poem. Most of my books are series and with each book, I'm looking to get better. I challenge myself daily and I believe in my talent and ability, that's what makes me special and unique.

I write poetry books on societal issues, something that's never been done. When I first started publishing books, I used to read articles on how to market myself. I would read things that said to study the competition, see how other authors got their audience and see how they do things. It's a good thing my mind told me not to do that because I wouldn't be where I am today if I didn't listen to my mind and my gut.

See, the type of books I write are totally different than what others are writing. I write stories and formulate them into poetry format. If you ever go on Amazon and read most of my reviews from my books, most people are surprised at how my book was written and they appreciated the hell out of it. That's what keeps me going and keeps me motivated and inspired.

So if you go on a journey to greatness, be mindful that you don't need to compete with others. Everyone's journey is different and what they have done may not work for you. Keep that in mind when you start thinking that you need to do things someone else's way.

Plus when you get to where you're supposed to be, you want to say that you did things your way. Which is the exact reason why I'd rather learn by doing instead of listening to gurus, spending money on classes on content that I can find for free on the internet for the most part.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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Most People Can't Go On Your Journey



The one thing that I tell people a lot is that most people can't go on the journey that you're on. Here's why and I'll explain. You have the people who settle for mediocrity and will complain about their lives and not do a thing about it, and then there are the people who want to do better and will work at their craft on a daily basis. It's one or the other, when it comes to your life journey, it's black and white, no grey areas (at least in my eyes).

With that said, most of the people that I know are perfectly fine with their lives and where they are in life. They either have desk jobs working 9-5, go to the gym, watch ratchet television shows with no substance, wait for Friday and then go enjoy their weekends. Those are people who will not understand your goals, your vision and you striving for greatness. Nor will those people necessarily support you either so don't have any expectations from them either. Very few people will support you because they know that they don't have the mental drive to do what you're doing.

Now, the ones who don't support you want to see the end results when the lights are shining on you. They'll sit and watch your journey on social media (whether you choose to post that kind of content) like all of your posts and then when you come out of that dark tunnel and the lights are on you, they'll be the first ones to say they know you. Be careful of those people, always remember, there are very few who truly, "know you" and your journey. Most people know "of you" and will play the role of saying or thinking, they "know you."

You will lose a lot of friends along the way and you'll have family members who won't understand and support your journey either. All I can tell you is to keep going. I say these things because I've experienced it myself and you can only learn from experience.

Whatever your goals are, keep striving for them. When you accomplish one, move onto the next one. Continually set goals for yourself, it's how you stay motivated.

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Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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