About Me

Jamell Crouthers is a poet, author, blogger and podcaster who has taken on a journey of writing in the prime of his life. He has been writing poetry since the age of 13 but never thought he could utilize his talent to tell stories and write books. He is not the traditional author as he writes his books in poetry format with a focus on storylines and societal issues.

After publishing 14 books, his goals and plans are to continue writing books on taboo subjects that aren't discussed enough in today's world and bringing those main subjects to the forefront. Jamell's blogs tackle societal issues, how he writes his books, his journey as an author and some motivational blogs that will get you to focus on your goals. His goal and moniker is, "to change the world, one book at a time."

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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, ...

Well...this is the final blog of this year. I will be taking a break for the rest of the year to relax, clear my mind and get mentally prepared for next year.

There's so much more coming next year so definitely stay tuned.

This year this is what I've accomplished:

Published books: 6
Blog Written: 55
Podcast episodes: 49
Audiobooks: 3

This is not to toot my own horn but I have worked my butt off this year and it's only fitting that I share with you all that I've accomplished. Am I happy? Not really because I haven't reached my ultimate goal yet. I'm never that happy and I'm never too down either. I'm always in the middle.

With that said, this is my book schedule for next year as I will be releasing 7 books (they're all written and in pre-order for eBooks on all major bookstores):

February 8th: The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues Part 4:

February 22nd: The World We Live In: A Poetry Book On Societal Issues Part 5:

The ending of the series, the question is what’s to come of these character’s lives? Will Christina be able to cope with her tragic event and be able to speak on it to a broader audience? How will Nathan’s impact on sports be now that he’s come out as a gay man? Will Heather become stronger for herself and kick the alcohol addiction and become closer to her children? It’s a journey of the characters and how they’re approaching the future and what’s to come. While many stories have happy endings, life has a way of making you realize that it isn’t always about happily ever after but about going through experiences to make you stronger than you’ll ever be.

April 19th: The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 3:

Robert is going through a growth transition in his life from reflecting on his old neighborhood he lived in to losing his friends and going through therapy to deal with all that goes on in his mind. While dealing with those things, he learns about how hard it is to love when he hasn’t received it his whole life, all while trying to find himself through all of the madness in his life. His younger brother Michael comes home from prison and it’s a new adjustment to having him around again and trying to get Michael acclimated to life in the real world again. While Robert finally figures out what his passion is and what he wants to do with his life, Michael is chronicling his life behind prison walls and adjusting to the real world again.

May 10th: The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 4:

This book goes back and forth with thoughts and experiences Robert and Michael are going through. They are both still trying to learn about themselves, life and their paths and they want to go on. Michael goes back to visit the place he grew up in and is caught up in a drive-by shooting that changes his mindset on life. Robert is at wits end with the city he’s living in and after all that he’s been through, his goal to be a motivational speaker. This takes him to a place he thought he would never live. You will see and realize that sometimes in order to achieve your goals and dreams, you must make certain sacrifices and decisions to get there. Part of it is personal growth and the other part of it is leaving the city you’ve always known.

June 7th: The Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 5:

The ending of the series where the most important subjects about growth as a man are discussed. Robert shares his deepest thoughts on life, his experiences and how he’s grown into the man he is today. Being a man in today’s world is hard because of all of the stigmas and expectations from everyone else. Robert pens the most important things to focus on when you are learning about yourself as a man and becoming the best person you can be. Robert has finally come into his own and he’s thankful for the journey he’s been through and looks forward to impacting others in his future.

September 6th: Kids With Guns:

Matthew and Max walk into school armed with arsenal to take out whoever is in their path. Another mass shooting has occurred in America but this time around, you will hear detailed accounts from survivors, police officers, EMS workers, doctors, surgeons and others of the ill-fated afternoon where their lives were forever changed. This will be a story that tells it from various perspectives and not just what the news reports to you. It’s a book that will open your eyes to not only the gun control issues we face in America but the safety of our kids and the adults who are responsible for our kids.

December 6th: Kids With Guns Part 2:

The aftermath of a school shooting is horrifying as the community comes to terms of what happened in their safety net they call home. This book delves into the perspectives of Matthew and Max’s parents, the signs of what was coming and also hearing the mindset of the shooters themselves Matthew and Max. A gripping book that details life after a mass shooting in a community of thousands as they grief the loss of others and try to get their lives back to normal.

I've written a lot of blogs this year that talk about my journey, what I've learned, helping you all grow and I hope you guys have enjoyed my content. I have a lot of great blogs coming next year so stay tuned. If you haven't read any of my books, they're available for purchase on here and on all major bookstores (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Scribd and other stores). My audiobooks are available on here and I will be working on new audiobooks during my 2 week break.

I never thought I'd be where I am on this journey but it's definitely been well worth it. To anyone who says they don't have time to follow their passion, you're only lying to yourself. If I can work a full-time job, write books, record audiobooks, record podcasts, and write blogs, you definitely have time, you're just not motivated enough.

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. 

I want to wish everyone Happy Holidays, be safe, enjoy the time with your family, the quality time spent with them is more important that the material things. I will see you all next year!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Let me guess, you live a vicious cycle of the Monday-Friday grind, right? Well, I won't get into how school is structured to prepare you for that vicious cycle in Corporate America because that won't do me much justice in this blog. What I will say is, it's your life and you can change it. But, it's totally up to you to change your ways.

You have to pay your rent, school loans, car payments, food, gas, electricity, take care of your kids (if you have any) and in the midst of it try to find some sanity and have fun. Great. Congratulations. Welcome to adulthood. There's a difference between literally being stuck and knowing that what you're dealing with doesn't have to last forever.

Breaking the monotony and routine of your life is very easy. Start working on your goals, it's that simple. Whatever your goals are, it can be done. You can tell me you have kids and it's hard to find time to do things. Bad news for you if you tell anyone that, someone knows someone who has kids and finds a way to work toward their goals (I know two people, one is a family member who hasn't worked in Corporate America in 3 years).

If you're living for weekends and vacations every once in a while your life is monotonous and that's how it will be until you change it. Take the time to realize that you work on average 46-50 weeks a year. Now think about doing that for a large percentage of your adult life. Let's say give or take you start working at age 22 and you choose to retire at 65 years old. That's 43 years of your life, looking forward to Friday and dreading Mondays. And let's not forget living for those extra days off of a few major holidays you get every year.

You can't blame anyone but yourself for putting yourself in that position. Now, if you're perfectly fine with that life, great. You can't complain though, it's the life you chose. It's never too late to change your goals, your focus and what you want to accomplish. I didn't change my focus until I was 32 years old, imagine if I did it 10 years ago how far I would be.

So, I spend my time making up for lost time. I'm more mentally focused than I will ever be at this point of my life. For me, it's now or never, it's go hard or fall short and I have no intentions on falling short. The work is going to get done and the grind is going to continue well into next year and the following years.

To those who are reading this, I ask you this. What are your goals? Are you settling in your life? Are you living a life of monotony? Well, break out of it and get to work!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Get out of your own way!

There, I said it, now we can be done with this blog and you go on with your day. Or...I can just go into more details by what exactly I mean. You're in your own way from achieving greatness in your life. You don't think you are but the reality of it is, you hinder yourself everyday.

We live in a world where we are constantly looking for a stamp of approval or acceptance into whatever we feel is important to us. We want to be accepted, we want to fit in with a specific group or crowd and do things at whatever costs to garner attention. Most of this is done through social media (which is a fictitious world of melancholy and happiness when that's not reality). So we look for acceptance from people to do something or work toward a goal.

A perfect example of this is, going to a person you love and care about the most and asking them what do they think of a certain idea you have for a book or a business. What you're hoping for and expecting is a positive answer where you can take that and run with it because you got your, "stamp of approval." Once you have that, you're good to go but why do you have to do that?

What bothers me about that is, you shouldn't need a stamp of approval or acceptance for anything that you want to do in your life. You have to just do it, you have to make the decision to stop looking for approval from everyone. The world has programmed our minds to be leery or worried about what others will say and think. The reality is everyone is going to have an opinion, it's a matter of whether you take them at face value or you just don't give a damn.

You have to carve your own path and embrace the journey. No one can live in your shoes and do what you want. At the end of the day, if you succeed or fail, it will be on you. If people don't believe in you, that's fine, don't go out of your way to try and prove them wrong to say, "I told you so." Do it because it's your passion and it's going to make you happy.

Be mindful that the world is structured to keep you in a certain place of mediocrity. Don't let that be you.

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

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

You know when you want something so bad, you would do anything as far as the work goes to achieve it? That’s what I deal with when it comes to my writing. Everyday is a new opportunity to impact someone with a poem, a story line, a book or a podcast. There’s a motivation and drive for me to continually get better at my craft.

Just think about your goals right now. Think about how bad you want to see the end result of all the hard work you’re doing. I bet you envision everything and you start planning out what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. You close your eyes and visualize everything that needs to be done.

Then comes writing everything down and organizing yourself to where you can visually see your goals. It’s all a process and a journey through it all. Nothing comes easy, it’s all about pacing yourself and being patient. It’s not easy to be patient, that’s something that’s 

The biggest part of all of this is enjoying the journey as much as you can. The good, the bad and the ugly parts of it. I enjoy the ugly parts of it because I waste money on things and learn from it. I have to go through all of the bad investments before I find the right ones that work for me. All of the days I don’t want to do work but I do something so I can tell myself I’m one step closer to my end goal.

Honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever reach my end goal. There isn’t a set amount of books I want to write, I do want millions of people, that's a definite. I want people to read my stories and be able to relate but even if I accomplish that, I won’t stop writing. I’ll just be setting the bar higher in regards to how many readers I want to reach. 

For me, there will be an endless amount of growth I want to do but I will tell you, when you reach your end goal, what are you going to do then? What’s the next goal? What’s the next thing you’re going to strive for? Or will you become complacent and be comfortable in what you’ve accomplished? That's something I will avoid at all costs, the complacency. There's always a blog to write, a book to write, a podcast or YouTube video to record and I guess that's why the end goal won't always be near.

I'm going to be a guy that always travels in the tunnel and will continually see light but it won't be the end.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Gary Vaynerchuk always has good insight on things that are going on in the world. The one thing he always says is to go to senior homes or go speak to people who are in the later part of their lives and talk with them. He always says that they will speak their truth and share the regrets they have. Since he's done it, I got to thinking about what he said.

Now comes my story, I work in the medical field currently and I speak to all walks of life four days a week. I take in nearly 200 calls a week and I do speak to a lot of older people. For one, a lot of them are just happy to be alive still since they’re dealing with health issues and other things in their lives.

I was talking to a patient on the phone, she’s in her 70s and we got to talking about life, the world, world history and what I do outside of work. I told her that I’m a writer, author, blogger and podcaster. I told her I am delving into screenwriting and I have big goals of living on the west coast. She was so delighted to listen to my story, she said I’m so smart and she knows I’m going to be successful. Then she said it’s good that I’m doing something that I love to do. After our conversation ended and I hung up the phone, I thought about Gary Vaynerchuk.

My mind start thinking about what he said and how we should be living our lives and doing what we love. We should be living our truth and not living with regrets in the future. That the worst thing you can do in your life is not doing what your passionate about, becoming old and having regrets and, “I wish,” moments. That’s something that I don’t want to do.

The point is to start living your life for yourself, not others. Don’t live for your parents, siblings, other family members, friends, coworkers or anyone else that’s in your everyday life. You only hinder yourself from fulfilling your purpose in life. Some are comfortable with making 50k a year, working 9-5pm Monday thru Friday and going on 2-3 vacations a year. Then there are the creators, entrepreneurs, artists, writers actors, actresses, and so many other walks of life that feel they have more to give to the world besides sitting at a desk.

So Gary Vaynerchuk, you are right (granted I knew it myself), I just had to experience it myself. That patient on the phone put things in perspective even after she’s worked in Corporate America for a large amount of her life. Her words were inspiring and for someone like her to not even know me personally and she feels in her heart that I’ll be successful, that’s all I need. It’s those people that I impact that matter most to me.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Code Blue 4
Code Blue 5
Well...this series is coming to an end, it's good and bad. It's good because it's one series out of three that is done and I can focus on other projects that I have planned out. It's hard to end a series so I made sure that I ended it the right way. But I don't want the ending of the series to take away from what's going on in America in regards to police departments, racism, corruption and a plethora of other things.

While I don't want to give the last 2 books away, I will say that Gary does get his sanity back and it's a process to shake the alcohol addiction he's had for a long time (which is something most police officers deal with because of the stress of their job). I only know this because I know police officers and liquor was their sense of escape from the madness of their jobs.

December will be a good month as Part 4 will release on December 7th and Part 5 will release on December 14th. It's a package deal before the holidays and I might throw some incentives with purchasing the ending of this series.

If you haven't read the first 3 books in the series, it's definitely worth going to get before I release Parts 4 & 5. This series has been nothing short of amazing for me to write as I chronicle the life of a fictional character on the police force. These books are written in a poetry prose format so it's something that you the reader will find different.

Some good news is Part 1 is 99 cents on Amazon and all other bookstores (Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Scribd)

My podcast on iTunes is The Aquarianmind Podcast where I discuss societal issues going on in the world today.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

I’ve been writing poetry for over 20 years on and off. Now I’m a published author and it’s just cool to me. It’s not this glamorous excitement that people get upon meeting me and knowing that’s what I do. I guess people don’t fully understand how much work it truly is just to write one book alone.

Which brings me to my next point of, people get more excited at my accomplishments than I do myself. Maybe because I don’t feel accomplished yet in any way. I don’t feel the need to celebrate every single accomplishment. I finish projects on a daily basis, do I celebrate all of them? Well, I celebrate none of them and for many reasons. Celebrating constantly causes complacency, and comfort, that is something I don’t want to happen.

At this juncture, I have published 11 books. Whenever I publish a new book, there’s no excitement for me. The excitement for me will be when millions of people are reading my books and being impacted by my writing. When people are contacting me on social media and emailing me how my stories have inspired them to go into the world and make it a better place, then I’ll feel more fulfilled.

When I publish a book, I’m already thinking of the next project I need to be working on. What’s the next book, the next blog, the next podcast, the next YouTube video, the next audiobook I need to record. This is a never ending pursuit of putting out content that impacts people in some way, shape or form. 

There’s this relentless mindset that I have that no one is going to outwork me. That no one is going to put out more content than me, that has substance. I could put out blogs everyday, I could post podcasts everyday but it wouldn’t have my whole heart in it. So that’s why I post content weekly and that’s what matters.

Do I care about the amount of subscribers I have or the amount of followers? I don’t, the numbers game messes with your psyche. I’d be fine if I never got a million followers let alone 100k on my social media pages. This is a longevity and legacy game for me so I’m fine with where I am in some ways. I doubt I’ll ever be the guy that celebrates milestones when I hit a certain amount of followers, I mean I don’t celebrate anything else.

The funny thing about all of this is I’m only 2 1/2 years into this and I’m just getting started. Most authors don’t write that long so I’m thankful to be able to do it. I want to write the rest of my life and it’s getting myself to that place where I’m doing this full-time. It’s all a process and I know it’s never going to be easy. 

There’s no such thing as overnight success, it’s all about work and grindin’ through it all.

All of my books are available in all major bookstores.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

The most impactful people have routines and every single day. CEOs of the biggest companies in the world have routines that they follow all of the time. I watched a YouTube video on it and I’ve read articles on how CEOs of big companies do the same things daily.

When I got to thinking about this, I realized I do so many routine things. My days always start with being thankful I’m alive, to always drinking water before I leave my house. I don’t eat food for the first 3-4 hours I’m awake to allow the water I drink to open up my stomach for food intake.

I eat the same times every day no matter what, Saturday’s I skip lunch and have a fulfilling dinner. Saturday’s I iron my clothes for work on Sunday and I know what I’m wearing days ahead of time. I wear things based on the weather, what shoes I want to wear and comfort. It’s been a routine for me for over 2 years and it very rarely changes.

Sunday’s consist of cutting my hair and shaping it up and then shaving. I never go to work not cleanly shaved or my hair shaped up (even if I don’t cut my hair). There’s always a sense of structure for me and I tend to make my lunch the night before. The reality is I’m not a morning person and the last thing I want to do is make decisions early in the morning.

During the week while I’m working Corporate America, I’m working towards my bigger goals. I’m always working on a book, a podcast idea, or a blog (which I’m currently writing on my train ride to work). My weekends are always working on projects and it’s a never ending grind. Some days I do less work for others but I very rarely take breaks, especially for long periods of time. When I do take breaks, it’s to workout, go play basketball or listen to music to get my thoughts right. 

The one thing I’ve accepted is, Corporate America isn’t for me and it never will be. I’m fixated and focused on achieving greatness with my writing and storytelling and the sacrifices I’ve made and will continue to make will get me there. It does mean not seeing my family and friends for long periods of time (granted I see my best friends once a week most times). It means I’ve missed BBQ, weddings, family events, going to sports bars, going to sports games and many other things. Those are the things I’ve sacrificed because this journey is bigger than me.

In my mind, to look at people who run major corporations that have certain things they stick to daily, it only means I’m heading in the right direction. So I can be made fun of for always bringing my own breakfast and lunch to work but that keeps money in my pocket. The money I’m not spending on food daily, it allows me to invest into publishing my books, marketing, promotion and other projects.

Take the time to think about what decisions you have to make regularly. Then think about how you can eliminate those constant decisions so you can focus on more important tasks. The less repetitive decisions you have to make, the better off you’ll be to have your mind clear of clutter. 

What sacrifices are you willing to make to achieve you goals? What do you think it takes to get to the finish line? When you get to the finish line, are you done? Are you fulfilled? What is the next goal you chase? 

It’s all a journey, remember when you impact others, it all comes down to decisions.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers


Ever since I started on this writing journey, it’s been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. I've always wondered how long I’d write books and then walk away from it and go do something else. Now I have book ideas from now through 2023 so I don’t think I’m stopping anytime soon. Will they all turn into published books? Only time will tell.

My ultimate happiness will be when millions of people are reading my books and being impacted by my stories. Even when I hit that point, I’ll feel so obligated to write more books and continue the journey. My love for writing has become my life and my sense of fulfillment.

It’s never going to be about me, I want the stories to define me and how I write. It’s a different approach to my writing and I’m caught between my books being subjective, poetic, poetry prose, literary fiction, story line, character driven books. So I don’t necessarily fit in one specific genre and I like it that way. I’m able to stand out a bit and as I write more books, readers will see the difference in how I write compared to others.

For me, getting married and having kids is no longer at the top of my list. It’s these stories, my books, my podcasts, the audiobooks, social media engagement, that’s what I’m focused on. While those things are happy moments that will forever be remembered, when you die, no one remembers when you got married, how many kids you had, you’re remembered for how good of a person you were and how many people you impacted in your life.

Maybe that’s why I always think of how many people I can reach around the world with my books. Every time I publish a new book, I know I’m one step closer to my goal. By the time people realize how much content I've published, they'll be playing catch up (which is totally fine with me). In a way, I'm glad people don't totally know who I am quite yet because the more content I have, the more inclined people will be to read what I've written.

These blogs are an added component to what goes on inside of my mind. My podcasts are just a stepping stone to what I write about in my books and why I write my books. My social media are bits and pieces of me behind the scenes and knowing what makes me who I am as a person and as a man. My personal Instagram page is a delve into my life, my poetry page delves inside of my mind, what I feel and what I go through daily.

It’s hard to put out a lot of my thoughts but it’s how I’m thinking at the present time. Will things change in my mindset in the future? Probably and if your mindset changes towards certain aspects of your life, that’s totally fine. You’re allowed to, that what life is about, changes. 

Enjoy and embrace your journey, it won’t always be smooth sailing but it will be worth it.

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

There's always a challenge for everyone, to get better at whatever they're passionate about and good at. Then comes the question of how you're going to do it. For me, it's all about continuing to hone my craft daily and consistently. Writing everyday is what I love to do so the challenge is writing content that impacts others and will make them think.

I write short poems daily and I always think, is this something that will impact someone and will make them think? If the answer is yes, then I share it on social media, if it doesn't, then I go back and either re-write it or I scrap it altogether. So yes there are a lot of poems that don't make it to social media or they don't get finished and they get deleted.

I'm never afraid of what the world will think when I share my writing because not everyone will relate to what I'm writing about. I'm more concerned about the people who consistently read my poetry and want a fresh new perspective on life and what's going on in the world.

Getting better and writing something no one has even thought about is what keeps me going. It also let's people know that you're not fixated on one specific subject area. When I'm working on my books, I'm telling a story in poetry format. That's the most challenging thing to do because it has to sound good, you're setting a scene and making sure that a person can visual what's being written.

What's the advice that I can give that'll help with honing your craft?
1. Know what your goals are and why you're doing it.
2. Be consistent in whatever you're doing (even when you don't want to do it).
3. Patience is the biggest component to whatever you're doing.
4. Improve everyday in whatever you're doing (growth is very important).
5. Love the good, bad and ugly of it (it's not always going to be great).

Part of this game is to love it and not give up when things aren't going well. I'm approaching 3 years of this journey and the results are getting there. Just know that your time is coming, you'll never know when but it's coming. Be positive (you won't be everyday, that's normal and fine), but visualize the end goal of it.

Don't rush the process, it's about longevity and legacy (well at least for me).

My books are available on the website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast is available for listening on iTunes.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers

The reality of life is you're not going to wake up everyday inspired or motivated. But you can still live everyday with a sense of purpose. There has to be a why you are doing what you're doing. It's time you re-evaluate your life and the direction that it's going. You have to figure out what your purpose is in life.

I didn't really have purpose in my life until I was 32 years old. I'm 35 years old now so just imagine if I would have figured out my purpose in my 20s how far along I would be in my life. But, I can't reflect on my past, I can only focus on right now and living in the moment. The way I think about it is, I had to go through experiences and learn a lot before I figured out what my purpose in life is.

I've been writing since I was 13 years old in a small studio apartment in the suburbs and now here I am in my mid-30s knowing that my books can and will impact many people. The only reason why I give you a brief story of my life, it's to give you that drive to think about what you're supposed to be doing with your life.

There's no easy roads to figuring this out and sometimes you may have to do different things to know what you love and what your passion is. Living a life of monotony is not going to do much justice for you and if you're stuck in a rut, you have to work on getting out of it. What you put into your life and your goals is what you'll get back (and it won't always be right away).

It took me years to start living a life with purpose, don't let that be you.

My books are available on the website and my podcast The Aquarianmind Podcast is available for listening. It's definitely worth listening to my podcast and seeing the books I've written!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Starting on Monday, I will be doing a month long virtual book tour for my Code Blue Series. Parts 1-3 will be featured on various website where you can learn more about the series and what went into writing the books.

I share things that most of you don't know about the series. I explain why I wrote the series and the challenges I faced while writing this series.

Here's the website where you can see where I will be featured:

Pump Up Your Book

It is definitely worth checking out the websites I will be on.

Also, Parts 4 and 5 will be released in December so stay tuned, I will be posting the book covers and putting them on pre-order in the next few weeks!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

Everyone has busy lives and things to deal with. The only difference is there are people who have a 'no excuses' attitude and those who have them and don't do a thing. There's nothing worse than someone constantly talking to me about their ideas and goals and then I ask that one question, "what have you done to get closer to your goal?" Then comes *crickets* that's how it normally goes.

The one thing that's going to get you to the next phase of your journey is to stop making excuses as to why you haven't done the work. Most people want to make excuses to justify why they haven't done anything toward accomplishing their goals. We all have the same amount of time in each day, it's just a matter of how we utilize each minute and each moment.

It's all about discipline, that's the name of the game. If you don't have that, you're not getting anywhere. That means sacrificing things in your life to get things done. Whatever those things are, you have to be the one to figure that out. Once you figure those things out, you have to be all in, in making sure that those sacrifices you are making are going to get you closer to your end goal.

There's just no way in the world you can make excuses and expect people who are actually doing work to show sympathy or empathy for you. People who don't have goals will be willing to listen but the ones that do, you're basically messing up their vibe and their journey. People who have goals and are working at them daily will be the first ones to hold you accountable for your laziness and lack of mental focus.

I'll always say if you need someone to motivate you everyday and inspire you all of the time, you will not get to where you want to be. What that means is, you wake up every morning looking for someone or something to inspire or motivate you to do the work. Every once in a while, it is okay to look in the direction for some motivational words, but if it's needed everyday, it's time to re-evaluate what your purpose is and what kind of drive you have to succeed.

Excuses will unfortunately get you nowhere and most people aren't willing to listen to you. This game is about results and if you can't produce them, it's best if you move to the side to allow the ones who have been working to get to that next phase.

Now it's time to GET TO WORK!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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