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 11 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."



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
Aquarianmind 






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
Aquarianmind 
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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind 


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

Aquarianmind 


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
Aquarianmind 





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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind 



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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind



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
Aquarianmind


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
Aquarianmind



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
Aquarianmind

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
Aquarianmind 



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
Aquarianmind

Graduating high school? Nope.

Graduating college? Nope.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers 
Aquarianmind