My Competitive Edge

I’ve been writing books for a while now and I’m not where I want to be yet. Most people after a year of working toward a goal will give up. It will be because they’re not getting the results they want or expected. People tend to go back to mediocrity and not working toward their goals. What about me? Oh I’m too competitive to just walk away from this writing.

The competitive edge comes from being an athlete, that’s the main reason I haven’t walked away. I’ve been athletic since I was a kid and I wanted to win at EVERYTHING. I mean every single thing. Basketball, football, bike riding, ice skating, rollerblading, racing, video games, I...HAVE...TO...WIN. Which is why after writing 11 books, I’m not done yet. I’m not even bothered or phased that I haven’t been noticed for my writing.

There’s a drive inside of me, I’m fueled by success and knowing that I’m going to do great with this. Also because I have another 25 books planned out so stopping now will do me no good. Yes, your heard right, I have 25 more books planned out to write on societal issues. 

Imagine being so competitive, you’re not competing again anyone specifically, you’re competing with yourself. It’s getting better at my craft, writing small poems about life, situations, experiences, anything. When it comes to books, its tackling societal issues that are going on around us. There are so many things going on around us there’s always a story to tell. 

I always say compete with yourself and no one else. When you compete with yourself, you push yourself to be better at what you’re good at and passionate about. I honestly don’t worry about other authors, writers, podcasters or poets and what they’re doing. It takes away from what I can be doing. 

At the end of the day, everything I do is to impact someone in some way. Every decision that is made is done by me. The podcast episode, the scripts for it, the content I write about (books and short poetry), the book covers, the sizing of the book, the synopsis, the blog content, posts on social media, YouTube content, every single thing falls on me. The greatest part about it....I wouldn’t have it no other way.

My books are here on the website and my podcast is The Aquarianmind Podcast where I discuss societal issues going on in today's world. 

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers


Writing Books Isn’t Easy

Writing a book is in no way, shape or form easy. Just because I finish my books at such a fast pace, it doesn’t mean there wasn’t a large amount of work done to get it finished. There are hours of work that is put in before I even get to a place where I'm going to write the book.

Crafting a story line that no one else has written is hard enough as it is. Then to write it to where the reader is going to remember your story is even harder. Writing books isn’t easy, especially in today’s world. There are a plethora of distractions, social media, television, the internet, family, friends, and a bunch of other things.

It starts with an idea, then how many characters, how you’re writing it, developing a story line, a backstory to the character(s), chapters, then writing the book (which can take long depending on how many chapters) and then you’re finished. Well, not quite, then it’s proofreading/editing it, then formatting the book, making a book cover, and getting it to the internet and then you’re done (or so you think).

Once you get it onto the website(s), depending on how many bookstores you want your book to be distributed to, setting a price point, writing a synopsis, putting it in the right categories on the bookstore websites and setting yourself up for success. Next comes promotion, marketing in places where your book will end up among the millions of people trying to get their book noticed.

It’s finding where the readers are but also trying to get reviews (all of your family and friends aren’t going to help you) so it’s finding reputable places to help you get that. The internet is cluttered full of websites that apparently will help you to get your book noticed and the reality is they won’t.

Depending on what you write about, it’s going to be hard in the beginning to get book reviews and to get your books noticed. So anyone who thinks or says that books are easy to write, it isn’t in any way, shape or form. It’s hard work and once your book is published, it doesn’t end. It never ends. And the more books you write, the more marketing you have to do in finding different ways to reach readers.

If you fall into what’s trendy with writing, you’ll soon realize it’s not worth it. This is why I write in a different format and I address societal issues (something that can be noticed). I write in poetry prose format because it works for me and it helps me to stand out from the pack. 

Bookbub, Amazon Ads and all of the big websites are what’s trending right now. Everyone is doing it and you have to think your book is going to be one in the millions of other books in the same genre that’s being marketed to readers. But then there’s also my subject matter where not as many read or you’re told that your form of writing doesn’t sell or won’t sell. It’s what is commonly said but that’s noise pollution to me. 

It doesn't mean I'm not going to go down the road of doing Bookbub and Amazon ads because I will, I just feel I have to explore other things before I do these things. Whatever you choose to do, just do the studying of how ads are done and try different things. I will be utilizing Dragon Realm Press to do my Bookbub and Amazon ads as they provide this series. This will allow me to focus on other projects that I'm currently working on.

No one talks about virtual book tours which is being featured on blogger’s websites with your book. I will be delving into that arena very soon and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to get my books noticed in that area. 

With all that I've shared, if you're an author or even someone who is working on a new business, explore all of the avenues you can. Some things may work and some won't but until you do everything, you can't say something didn't work.

The title of this blog pretty much tells you that all of this is hard work and it's non-stop, always remember that. 

My books are on this website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast is available for listening. I discuss societal issues that are going on in the world today.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Why Aren't We Discussing Societal Issues Daily?

There's a lot going on in this world everyday but I start to question if we are discussing things on a daily basis. There are a lot of societal issues that we face and it's not just about posting it on social media, getting a few likes, a few comments and then the discussion ends. We seem to discuss whatever is going on in the world among our peers, family and friends and that's it.

We're not going out of our way to impact people in society, that's our biggest problem. We're selfish human beings in our own way, we expect people to do for us but not for them a lot of times. We give when we want to, not consistently and regularly. There's homelessness, veterans without jobs, violence, domestic violence, women's issues, pedophilia, child abuse, drug and alcohol addictions and so many more things that we don't concern ourselves with everyday.

We seem to pick and choose when we want to care and that's not always a good thing. We should be caring regularly and way more. Our communities need everyone to be all in, not when it's convenient or when something goes wrong and we feel strongly about an issue. We wait until the news reports it for us to care just a little bit more. Then two weeks later, the story lines fade into oblivion until it happens again and the vicious cycle of caring, anger, frustration and many other emotions comes into play (gun control, a prime example of this).

It's like we're waiting on one person to be a leader and then we all follow with what they do. Meanwhile we can all be leaders in our own way and do way more. If we all decided to be leaders and start a revolution, then things can change. We sit and depend on celebrities and athletes to be our saviors when they're not going to. Everyone cares about something out of all of the societal issues I mentioned.

Let's start doing more than just posting on social media pages expressing our frustrations and get out into the world and take actions. The problem is the world keeps you engulfed and "too busy," for you to go out there and make an impact. Words don't mean much when we aren't doing the real work to make this world a better place.

My books on societal issues are on the website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast where I discuss a plethora of issues that are going on in the world today.

My new book "The World In Ruins: A Travel Into The Future" is available now in all major bookstores!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

The Moment You Become Successful

I know what you're thinking, you become successful when you accomplish all of your goals and achieve this status of being great at your talent. It's when you become financially wealthy and you're in endless bliss of happiness. Well...not exactly...let me tell you the moment you become successful. This is going to make sense, trust me.

You become successful the moment you decide to pursue your goals and you start working toward them diligently every single day. It's the hard work, the grind, the behind the scenes moments that no one sees, the stuff you don't post on social media. You know like this blog I'm writing right now 11:30 at night on a hot summer Friday night while most of your family and friends are out somewhere enjoying the weather.

That's when you become successful and it's the truth. It's when you start sacrificing hangin' out with friends to get work done. When you miss family events, BBQs, baby showers, weddings and get togethers because you're thinking about the bigger goal, and knowing that all that you're doing is going to pay off.

You can't enjoy the fruits of your labor in the end when you've accomplished the big goal. All of the smaller goals have to be celebrated too, just taking a moment to appreciate all of the hard work you've done. I am guilty of not celebrating the small goals but part of it is because I've been blogging, writing, and recording for 2 1/2 years so everything becomes routine for me.

Take time to embrace the journey a little bit and know that you're already successful. Along with that, if you don't give up and you become relentless in this process, you are really successful because a large percentage of people give up after 3 months on average. They give up because they aren't getting the results they feel and they don't understand it's a grind and patience is the ultimate part of the whole process.

Remember, if you're working toward your goals daily, you're already successful.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers


What Drives You Everyday?

I come to you and ask, what drives you everyday? What gets you going every morning when you wake up? What gets you out of bed and gives you a sense of purpose? Have you figured that out yet? No? Well tomorrow when you wake up, before you get out of bed, take the time to think about it.

I hope you all have a sense of purpose everyday (other than family, friends, your significant other and kids). This blog is about YOU, and what YOU want to do with your life. This journey is supposed to be fulfilling and impact you in as many ways as possible.

If you had a chance to do what you love for the rest of your life, what would it be? I ask these questions because sometimes we have a sense of what we would want to do and some of us really don't know. We're all blessed with talents and abilities and even the smallest things do matter. You could be great at sewing or making suits look great or building things. Whatever it is, if you love doing it, that's what you should be doing with your life.

Believe me, millions of us have jobs we go to that we don't like and don't necessarily have careers. That doesn't mean that we shouldn't be focused on our own goals. Life is setup for you to be engulfed in so many things that it takes away from what YOUR goals are. Then there are also distractions such as shopping, sports, television shows, social media, and many other things.

When you eliminate as many distractions and you spend time with yourself, you start to learn about yourself and what you want in life. Spend time in a quiet place and let your mind be quiet itself. Take the time to think about what you're good at and how you can utilize those talents and abilities to be an impact on the world.

No you're not going to wake up driven everyday or be motivated to do things daily because I'm surely not. But I surely think about my end goal and I think about potentially being stuck at a desk for another 30 years and then I get right back to work. That's the difference between wanting it more than someone else. When you start thinking about longevity and legacy of who you want to be in life, that's when you find the drive to get out of your bed everyday.

If you're fine with being the average citizen in the world, that's totally fine. The only thing I'll say to you is you're not allowed to complain about your life. Because every choice and decision has brought you to the place you are currently at. You can't disagree with that last sentence, take the time to think about it.

So I will ask you one more time, what drives you everyday? Maybe it's time you take the time to figure it out....

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

Do You Have The Mental Drive To Succeed?

Dream. Drive. Determination. Dedication.

The four D's that I live by everyday. And also the thought of sitting at a desk for another 30 years before I can retire and hopefully live comfortably, pray I have my health and hopefully live longer than 10 years. Yes, this goes on in my head. Every. Single. Day. That's why I live my life like everyday is going to be my last.

So I ask you the question, do you have the mental drive to succeed? My answer to about 98% of you...NOPE. I'll tell you why.

1. You constantly make excuses as to why you're not working toward your goals.
2. You think you don't have enough time in your day to do things (in reality you do, you don't realize how much time you bullshit in your day).
3. You're not focused enough to buckle down and get work done (you'd rather sit on your ass and do nothing or be out with your friends).
4. You're not willing to sacrifice certain things to accomplish your goals (going out with family and friends, social media, binge watching television shows, playing games, whatever you choose to do in your spare time).
5. You're not willing to lose sleep sometimes to get things done (you'd rather sleep in or go to bed early instead of staying up that extra hour).

Those are my top 5 reasons why you don't have the mental drive to succeed. For me, it's either you have it or you don't. There are no grey areas when it comes to working toward something bigger than you. If your goals don't scare you, you might want to make bigger goals.

Life is a mental game, once you realize that and understand that, you'll go a long way. No you're not going to wake up everyday motivated, inspired, determined and mentally strong, that's not something expected of you all of the time. But what you can have is the drive to get something done in your day that will benefit you in the future.

So what is your mental drive? It's time to think about that and figure that out.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers


The World In Ruins-New Book Release September 7th!

This book has been a long time coming and I was trying to hold off on this book for a few months but I feel it's time I release this book. This book has gone through a few edits, re-writes and I'm finally able to say I will be publishing this book on September 7th! I actually wrote the book in 2017 and I have been pushing it back because of other projects I wanted to push out to everyone.

I've also gone through a few book covers that I made myself and I finally decided to go with this one. Sometimes book covers don't fit the vision and I needed to be able to encapsulate exactly what this book should be. Honestly, this was a book planned for 2019 but with the way the world is right now, I needed to finally let this book be on the forefront of my collection I've published so far.

The World In Ruins: A Travel Into the Future is about a young teen named Derek who has a dream about the world being in complete ruins decades into the future. He chronicles this journey after this dream/nightmare and he goes back and forth between what he's seeing in the future and also saying what the cause of it is in our current state of the world. It's definitely a different book as it's written in poetry prose format and it's from his perspective.

It's very rare that a book has one character but this book does and it allows you to get to know Derek, what he thinks, feels and how concerned he is about what's going on in the world currently. While this is a fictional, poetic diary of current events, I felt this book was important to write and let people know what the world could potentially be in the near future if we don't do our due diligence.

While I didn't hit on everything, I wanted to make sure I had a character in place and to touch on the major things that are going on right now. Hopefully this book has an impact on readers and makes us realize that we have to start doing way more than just living life as if everything is fine or that other people will do their part. If we all come together as a human race and put so many things aside (race, religion, social status, financial status), we can have a huge impact on what happens to the world.

The book will be available on September 7th, I hope you will be one of many people to buy this book and read it! My book will be available on all major store platforms (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Scribd).

Here's the link: Amazon Pre-Order Link

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Your Time Management Skills Suck

When you want to accomplish your goals in life, you’re going to do anything and everything you can to get it done. It’s so tiring hearing people’s concocted excuses as to why they can’t get goals accomplished. There’s nothing worse than coming up with reasons why you can’t get things done.

I spend so much time talking to people about their lives and what they want to do but they aren’t doing it. I constant hear they don’t have enough time in the day. To me that basically means, your time management skills suck. I can’t breakdown every aspect of their day and how many hours they waste doing irrelevant things. 

Every moment of your day you can make count. If you’re a morning person, you can wake up an hour early and get things done (even before your kids wake up if you have kids). If you’re not a morning person, that’s fine (because I’m not in anyway) but you can get something done on your breaks at work, your lunch break and after work when you get home. 

Spending time watching TV shows, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime TV, Apple TV? Yeah me too, what a coincidence and somehow I still get plenty of work done so nice try in the excuses department. I watch a good 12 TV shows plus watch Netflix and still make time to go play basketball and go running by the way. It all boils down to time management, it's that simple.

The biggest problem is lack of motivation, unnecessary stress, you’re comfortable with a life of mediocrity, you aren’t willing to sacrifice certain aspects of your life, and the reality is, I can tell if you have the drive to succeed. If you can’t manage your time correctly, you don’t have the drive and determination, you’re basically fucked. That's just me being brutally honest because unfortunately, I don't sugarcoat anything. I don't do it because I used to be the way everyone else was until I started holding myself accountable for my lazy ways.

If you need someone to motivate you all of the time, you will not succeed. You have to want it more than anything in the world. Too many people in this world waste their talents and abilities to live a life of mediocrity where you’re told when to come to work, when to go on break and be restricted to a certain amount of days you can take off a year all so you can make a company and CEO richer to retire with barely anything to survive on and barely any medical coverage to take care of yourself. See where I’m going with this? Well, hopefully you see it because mediocrity is the name of the game for the wealthy, not the rich, be mindful of that. 

So take the time to think about how much time you waste doing pointless things. Then get focused on what you should be doing instead of complaining about how your life is so busy or you're so tired. Yes you have enough time, yes you can do whatever you want, you just let certain things and situations control your life. 

When you decide to take control your life, you’ll see a huge difference.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers


My Failures and Risks

I'm going to start this blog off by saying that I've had plenty of failures and have taken some risks on this writing journey. Honestly, I wouldn't change much and it's only because I would not have learned all that I have. The failures have allowed me to fall on my ass, get up, dust myself off and learn a valuable lesson.

When I first started writing, I made my books too big (8 X 11) which is the size of a a children's book and I didn't have a great person who formatted books. I had someone who told me to make my books smaller to (6 X 9) and I was able to do that by finding someone who formatted books to that size. He did such an amazing job, I have paid him to format all of my books that I've published.

My book covers weren't that good and I had to step up my game so I was able to find someone on Fiverr who made some great book covers for me. Half of my books published so far have been done by her and she lives half way around the world in Indonesia. So yes the internet and technology has helped us to connect with others anywhere in the world.

In regards to investments, I have made a few bad ones, nothing too catastrophic but enough to make me rethink what I'm spending my money and time on. It's taken me 2 years to find legitimate websites and places to make book covers, make 3D book covers, marketing, promotions, formatting your book, publishing your book to multiple bookstores and so many more things. The greatest part about all of this is I'm still learning new things, new platforms and ways to grow my author brand.

Here's what I want you to know throughout your journey, you will fail. People will doubt you, people won't support you, people won't understand your vision. The sacrifices you make, people won't understand and the ones that do want to see you succeed. The biggest supporters will be the closest people to you and strangers (believe it or not). You will either let your failures make you stronger or you will fold, it's one way or the other.

There are risks and certain investments you'll have to make and it will either work out or it won't. That's part of the journey and how things go. Building relationships with others will help along the way and you can share things that work and don't work. I've met authors who have spent thousands of dollars on things and it didn't work out for them (thankfully I never did that).

Taking a risk on one or two things every once in a while, it is beneficial to see what the results will be. You'll definitely know what you want to take a risk on, and sometimes you just have to do for it. Overthinking will cause you to be indecisive and then you won't do it. Don't be afraid of what will happen and the end result. It will only cause unnecessary stress and you have to keep your mind clear. Uncertainty brings a cluttered mind and chaos, believe me I've been through it and still go through it to this day.

Enjoy and embrace the journey and know that the failures will only make you better. Your failures mean that you're getting closer to the end goal.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

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

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 

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

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

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


The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

The Struggles and Growth of a Man Series

This series wasn’t really supposed to be a series. The Struggles and Growth of a Man was my first book ever published and I honestly thought my book was so good that people would discover it on Amazon and the sky would be the limit in my success. I started thinking of my life ahead and I had no website, no social media presence, a terrible book cover and the book was oversized at 8 x 10 (it basically looked like a children’s book). 

Luckily I learned things and got sound advice from some good people and I resized my books to 6 x 9, and I’ve changed my book cover 3 times with this series. I’ll honestly say a lot has happened since I wrote my first book (started a website with blogs, recorded 2 audiobooks and part 1 of this book is available on my website through audio, YouTube page, and other things). 

Now onto discussing this series, while I’ve only published 2 of the 5 books so far, this series will pickup again next year (scheduling a few other books to publish before I get back to this series). I must say the progression of Robert from an adolescent into a man has been a journey. He learns a lot about himself, who he was, what he’s becoming and what he wants to be.

Believe it or not, a lot of men struggle with daily things in their lives, we just don’t talk about it openly. This is a series where you learn a lot about a Robert but also his brother Michael and they go through daily struggles together. After they’ve lost their parents and mentor to untimely deaths, now they must maneuver through life from what they’ve been taught and through life experiences.

The world has all of these stigmas of what men should be and Robert learns it’s not all true. He goes through a journey of finding himself and along the way his younger brother Michael gets out of prison and joins him on this journey of life. They are going through their share of struggles but having each other is what keeps them grounded no matter how much happens to them and what they experience.

This series impacts men but also allows people to get inside the mind of a man a little. We're in constant thought about our lives and us wanting to be accepted in society. It's not easy for us and we're not built to be strong all of the time. There's a hope that this series enlightens all of the readers and allows them to understand that life is all about growth.

Part 1 and 2 are available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo and Scribd:

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Writing Books In Series

When I first started with publishing books, I didn't know what my plan would be. As time went on, I started to think about how I wanted to build my brand. I would read articles on authors and how they wrote and the biggest thing they said was to write books in a series. It never dawned on me to do that but so many authors do it with their books.

After thinking about that as a concept, I figured out how I would do it. I made a decision that if I was to write a series in any of the books I was going to do, it was never going to be more than five books. The reason why is, you don't want to drag out a storyline, you definitely don't want to make characters boring and it's only but so much you can continually write about with certain characters.

It was a great idea and I had to figure out deeper storylines on how I was going to write my books. So if you are an aspiring author or you are an author yourself, writing a series tends to draw readers in. Even though I'm still growing an audience with my author brand, releasing new parts to the series helps me to continually improve my writing.

Even though I write about different subject areas dealing with societal issues, there's always the challenge of continually getting better, improving and developing characters along the way. You go through an emotional rollercoaster with the characters, you grow with them, you get mad at them, because that's part of life and growth. I definitely enjoy going back and forth and writing different books because it keeps my mind fresh.

While I would have loved to have written let's say The World We Live In with 5 straight books, I knew that wasn't going to be a reality. That's how most authors do it but I like to end books with cliffhangers and keep people wondering what will happen next. I've always been one to do that so it keeps readers intrigued and wanting more. I mean, isn't that the goal anyway?

If I decided to write The World We Live In straight through, I feel that my content wouldn't be as good. I need time to think over characters and how I'm going to continually write them and develop them. There has to be a backstory that leads to the present moment and writing about experiences and what got them to this place. I love the challenge of doing that and sometimes I need to observe the world a little in order to write better content in my books.

All in all, I enjoy the process with writing, it's very rare I get writer's block. I tend to write and let things flow and then make small adjustments later to how I wrote it. Sometimes I add more to the storyline, sometimes I leave it alone and even sometimes I delete out stuff that doesn't fit into the story.

The best advice I can give people with writing is to write what they feel, write what you're comfortable with and continually develop your craft.

In the next few weeks, I will delve into how I write my different series of books. I will be posting how I write the Code Blue series, The Struggles and Growth of a Man series and The World We Live In series. So definitely stay tuned as it will be an in depth look into how I wrote fictional characters in a real life setting.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

The Mental, Physical and Emotional Aspect of Your Journey

Being emotionally, physically and mentally drained when you're chasing something great in your career will eventually happen. It's said, it's like hitting a wall and in all honesty, it really is. At this point of my writing journey, I have hit a wall. I'm physically tired all of the time, I'm emotionally tired and mentally tired in all aspects of my life.

While it is good to take a break from it all, it's not easy to do when your mind tricks you into doing work. As I write this, I'm more mentally tired than anything and for numerous reasons. I'm going at this 7 days a week and very rarely do I take breaks (which is not a good thing). For me, there's always something to do, I'm in a competitive mindset (with myself) and that's because I'm an athlete and I'm determined to win.

Sometimes on your journey, it's good to take a day off, sleep in, relax a little, do something else that you enjoy (sports, TV shows, spending time with family, music). You can't become engulfed in something that it takes away from enjoying moments in your life. We all want to be successful but at what price? I'm not going to lie, I pass on hangin' out with people, going out, being around family all to write or record or do book promotion.

Lately, I've slowed down and I've spent time with my family for a day, I went to a comedy show which was great because I needed to get my mind off of everything I'm doing. I have definitely lost myself in this journey of writing and trying to reach people with my books. Right now, it's a love/hate relationship and some days the love for it is there and some days the hate is there because the results aren't showing itself.

The best advice I can give to people who are chasing their constant goals of doing well in what they're passionate about is, know how to balance your workload and your personal time to yourself. Personal time means not working all of the time and doing something else that takes your mind off of the work you're doing. I know, easier said than done because while you're taking personal time, you're subconsciously thinking in your head of what you need to do next or something that you should be doing.

Yes sacrifices need to be made to accomplish your goals but don't lose yourself in the process and become mentally drained where you lack mental focus. Stay the course in your journey but get the rest needed, eat well, exercise and take care of yourself mentally.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

Procrastination and No Commitment

The biggest problem that probably about 90% of you have. That's just what I think and feel, it's probably not totally true. I used to be the same exact way until I made a decision. I made a decision to start working non-stop at my goals. I thought that after my first book I was good, everyone would see it, buy it and I'd become some famous author because I wrote something about men's struggles in society.

Then reality set in, I had to do work. I procrastinated and had no commitment at all. I knew I had to write more books, I had to post more content, I had to promote myself. I had to develop the passion that I put into writing that one book into developing more content. That's what I did and a few books later, I'm still in a dark tunnel but I do see flashes of light occasionally and that's great for me.

Most people procrastinate and say they'll do it tomorrow or they'll do it next week. Most will say they're tired and don't want to. Most will say they don't have time. The only thing is, you're going to be tired most of the time when you don't want to do things. I'm tired most of the time and things have to be done and I do it. Why? It's because I have goals to accomplish and always will.

You wake up every damn day tired and not wanting to go to a job you can't stand but you go, right? So why are you not putting in the time when you're tired into accomplishing your goals? Why are you bullshitting yourself? That's who you're bullshitting when you think about it, no one else. It's your reflection that you stare at every morning when you're brushing your teeth.

When you say you don't have time, there's 24 hours in a day. I work Monday-Wednesday 11-9 p.m. and Thursday 12-9 p.m. which is 35 hours in 4 days and I work on a computer and deal with patient's medical records all day. I'm sharing this with you because this is my reality and my life, I'm not going to sugarcoat any of it. My job is nothing glamorous and Corporate America isn't for me. A large percentage of people know at my job I'm a writer, author, blogger and that it's only a matter of time before I see light at the end of the tunnel and I'm running out of there like Usain Bolt in the Olympics.

My job is my investment into my passion, whatever money I make, I pay my bills, and then budget whatever I can and put it into what I love. I wake up at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, walk out of my house at 8:25 a.m. and I don't walk back into my house at 10:05 p.m. every night. I take 2 trains to work everyday (50 mins going, 1 hour and 20 minutes coming home). I get to work an hour early Monday-Wednesday and what am I doing? Reading, planning, strategizing, and writing content that I will go back to at the end of the week.

My lunch breaks are spent listening to music, eating, thinking and writing things I plan on doing. On my way home, I'm listening to music and just thinking. That's it, thinking. I get home, I shower and eat, it's 11:00 p.m. Then I may post stuff on social media, do some engaging, watch some YouTube videos on motivation, it's 12 a.m, some nights I fall asleep at 1 a.m. and I do it all over again the next day.

Thursdays I can sleep in and get to work at my exact time for 12 p.m. From Thursday at 9 p.m. until Monday morning at 7:30 a.m, I'm doing things such as thinking, brainstorming, errands and whatever else needs to be done. I'll admit I catch up on television shows, watching sports and spending time with my mother. I also talk to my father on the phone for a good 2 hours on Saturday or Sunday.

So sorry to bust your bubble people, your procrastination makes me laugh because you have no commitment to what you're doing. I sit on social media and watch everyone going out, in lounges, going out to eat, drink, sitting in front of your television binge watching shows (which is what most are doing today because it's one of the shittiest day in New York in quite some time). There's nothing wrong with having fun and enjoying life, but doing it every weekend and not making sacrifices toward your goals, then that's a problem. That's cool if you want to enjoy your weekends, but don't you dare complain about your life when you're procrastinating and bullshitting, that's just the reality.

Unless you have the drive and motivation to succeed, you won't get a thing done. If you want to play around on social media all day, great. You want to binge watch television shows, watch sports all weekend, go out with friends all of the time, play with your pets all day, great. But please don't go on social media and complain about your life because I'll be the first person to start asking you questions about your life.

I've done it to people and they realized what they were doing wrong and some have gotten themselves back on track. So commit yourself to something and keep doing it until you complete the mission/goal.

Be good and go accomplish your goals, you're only as good as what you accomplished yesterday.

Jamell Crouthers