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Procrastination and No Commitment


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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Conversations With My Parents (My Biggest Motivators)


Your parents want the best for you (even though you don't think of it that way sometimes). They may tell you to get a steady job with medical benefits and setting yourself up for a 401k. Yes, times have changed and it's more of an entrepreneurial, business-minded, control your destiny type of world. It's more of a carefree world where people take risks and go out on a limb and go after what they truly want in life. Sometimes it works out for them, sometimes it doesn't.

Parents want you to have a safety net, but sometimes you end up having to leave that safety net and going after what you're passionate about and truly love. It's not easy to do it and that's why I try to keep my life in perspective. The job market is tough and it's not even your resume that does the talking, it's who you know who can put you in a position to get you a job that'll allow you to survive.

Look, the reality is, no one wants to just, "survive" and live check to check but the realities of this world show it that way. So at my age, I understand why my parents tell me to have a steady job where I can take care of rent, cell phone, school loans and all of the other stuff that entails being a responsible adult. But...now they know that I have a passion and something that I'm pretty good at...writing.

While I do have a full-time job working 35 hours a week, Monday-Thursday, having 3 days weekends gives me that extra day to do whatever work I need to get done, or to do errands or even to just rest my body. But I always have conversations with my parents about what I'm working on, goals, mental focus and ideas that I may have.

Your parents will most likely be your biggest fans out of all of the people you'll encounter on your journey to greatness. While they didn't teach me to be an entrepreneur or to control my destiny at all times, I learned that along the way in my 20s into my 30s. I've accepted that Corporate America is not for me and it will never be. I never envisioned myself doing a desk job deep into my 60s to retire and potentially die within the next 10-12 years of mental exhaustion from working all of my life to survive and exist.

Which brings me to my next point of me not rushing life. Always do what works for you and what you're passionate about. I'm definitely a lucky son of a gun, I'm 35 years old with no kids, not in a relationship and I have the luxury of being able to follow my passions in life. While my mom would love for me to meet a woman, settle down, get married and give her a grandchild, that's the farthest from my mind right now.

This is why it's imperative to have conversations with your parents about life, your goals and how you're going to impact the world. Building that bond and relationship with your parents will be the key to your success. If you're close to at least one of them, the journey will be easier no matter how tough times get.

Be good and go accomplish your goals.

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind
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My Motivation To Be The Best Poet


The one thing that I will always say and continue to say is, I'm not in competition with anyone. Other authors have their own stories and journey. I'm not trying to out beat them or out do them in any way, shape or form. I'm motivated by how I write and how I'm able to formulate story lines and put them into poetic prose format for people to understand.

I'm very different in how I write, it's nothing that has ever been done (as far as I know). My motivation is to be the best poet in my eyes. There are many other great poets who write about different things and share their thoughts on life, love and other subjects. The great thing about me is I can write books and I can also write shorter poems to post on social media. When I write the shorter poems, I talk about my inner thoughts and what's going on in my life at that exact moments in time. Sometimes I delve into societal issues when I write shorter poems when I really need to get something off of my chest.

The competition is myself at all times, I compete against myself. I'm currently writing series for The Struggles and Growth of a Man, The World We Live In and Code Blue: An Oath to the Badge and Gun. When I'm drafting story lines to these books, in my mind it's how much can I push the limits? How can I develop a story that will be appealing to an audience and keep them engaged and reading?

Your competition should always be yourself. You should be challenging yourself daily in regards to your goals, your journey and where you want to be. Start with where you want to be a month from now, 3 months, 6 months and a year from now. I don't go beyond a year from now because everything is a process. If you want to think a few years ahead, you can but a lot of times, things don't go according to plan (I've learned that in my 20s and into my 30s).

If you want to be the best at something, you have to be relentless in your pursuit of being the greatest. It's an everyday process (with occasional breaks to clear your mind), and there should always be a project that you're working on. When you develop this mindset, you'll never get complacent in your journey. When you have a list of goals to complete, it becomes a relentless chase of striving for greatness.

I'm trying to be legendary and leave a legacy when I'm done with this journey. Who knows when this journey will end but for now, I have a good 30 book ideas, blogs to write, short poems to write, podcasts to record for the rest of the year, audio books to record and helping others a long the way. I'm working on changing the world one book at a time (that's my moniker).

I'm blessed with a gift and my goal is to change the world and that's why I write about so many different things. Whatever your gift and/or talent is, be sure to utilize it because a lot of people wish they could be blessed with your talent.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

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A Special Blog for Writers and Authors



This blog is for writers and authors of books, it was time that I write a blog that helps with this process. I know what you're thinking, why not charge for this? I won't do it because I found all of this information on my own and anyone can do it themselves. I just want to share websites that definitely work and have worked for me in this journey. Without further a do, please read below:

Distribution to Multiple Bookstores:
Draft2digital-This website is basically a savior when it comes to distribution to multiple bookstores. If you want to get your book into multiple bookstores all in one shot, this is the website to utilize. Instead of having multiple bookstore account, you can just have one major account. They tabulate all of your earning and pay you monthly based on your book sales. You can put your books on the website, set the price and then click on what bookstores you want them to be in (eBook only).

They have contracts with Barnes and Noble, Apple iTunes, Kobo, Scribd, Tolino, 24 Symbols, Overdrive and many others. Everyone doesn't have an Amazon account so please don't restrict your audience to just one bookstore. After Amazon, Barnes and Apple, Kobo and Scribd are the next big bookstores in the market and yes I have gotten sales from those stores.

Book Covers:
Fiverr-Half of my books have been made by Niezeka on Fiverr and she has done amazing book covers for me. You have to give her a vision, select a few photo ideas from Shutterstock.com and she works her magic. There are different price points depending on what you're looking for and it's definitely affordable, not the overpriced amounts other people and companies charge for a book cover. She's based in Indonesia and trust me, you'll be a repeat customer when she does one book cover for you!

Book Formatting:
Fiverr-I use Fiverr to get my books formatted and this guy does amazing work. His name is Tom and depending on how long your books are and the word count, he will send you a quote. He's definitely fair and he has done all of my books to date. You won't be overcharged like other sites and book publishers.

Press Releases:
Fiverr-Heather has been in the PR business for over 10 years and did an amazing press release for me and distributed to all of the major news outlets. She is reasonable in price and if you just want a press release only, she can do that for you. If you want both, she provides that too.

Book Promotion:
Fiverr-Depending on what you want for promotion whether it's social media or their specific website, if you drop your book to $99 cent, pay a small fee of $5, they can promote your book on a specific day. I've seen results with this so utilize it the right way and you'll see results yourself!

Written Word Media-This website gives you options to utilize to promote your book(s). There is Freebooksy (for free books), Bargainbooksy (books priced under $3.99) and Red Feather Romance (romantic books only). I've utilized Bargainbooksy and have gotten sales priced at $.99 cents. You can choose whatever price point you want but people are always looking for deals so you can't go wrong.

On Bargainbooksy, depending on what genre your book is, will determine how much you will have to spend to do the promotion. If you don't see your genre on there, just utilize Literary Fiction (which is what I did) and you will be good to go. You get to choose the date (if it's open) and they do the rest!

Book Reviews:
Kindle Book Review-Looking for a few reviews to boost your rankings on Amazon? This is the place to do it! There are 2 different price points ($50 for 2 reviews on Amazon/Goodreads or $100 for 4 reviews). You don't have to utilize Goodreads as part of your reviews, you have them post it on the Amazon UK site to help reach and audience there. This website is an Amazon affiliate and remember, verified purchases and reviews boosts the algorhitms on Amazon!

Kindle Book Promotions-Another Amazon affiliate, this website helps you to become a bestselling book. They have different price points and just to warn you, you'll have to invest a bit. They show results on the website and it's a chance to really get your book noticed on Amazon and boost your ratings.

Literary Titan-a good place to get a book review, it does take a few weeks but they also help promote your book after they give you a review. They also do book trailers for your books at a good price.

Bookplex-there are different options to choose from in how many book reviews you want and whether you want a certified book review to be posted on Amazon. Sometimes they run promotions where book reviews are at a lower price so keep a lookout for that.

Reader's Favorite-they accept every genre from any author, they only post 4 and 5 star reviews so if they feel your book is under 4 stars, they will e-mail you. Book promotion is included in your book review depending on what option you choose. There are different price points and you also get an opportunity to be put into a contest for authors which is awesome. They have a book contest where you have a chance to win numerous prices and a possible book deal along with your book possibly being made into a movie or film.

Dragon Realm Press-from editing and proofreading to book reviews and marketing, this website offers a variety of different things. Unfortunately, you can't choose options and pay upfront on the website, you have to e-mail them and it does take time for responses so choose wisely. If you are submitting your books in a series, be prepared for months of waiting for reviews.

Creating A Bookstore:
Ganxy-This website allows you to set your book up so you can sell them on your website. So if a reader/customer wants to buy your book directly from you, you can now do that! The sales you make, you keep 90% and the website only takes 10%. You can also set it up to where you can have all of your books from other bookstores setup there too. You can also setup your audiobooks on the site to sell on your website too if you don't want to utilize Audible and other sites.

You can post your books not only on your website but also on your Facebook Fan Page (if you have that setup) and they don't charge any monthly fees. Lastly, you can order marketing materials from them at a reasonable price too. They're growing and I just spoke with a marketing manager for the company about some new promotions, will give you details when they come my way.

Events/Book Festivals:
AALBC-This is a website for growing authors where you can find out every book festival and event going on in the country for the year. They even post some events in other countries and some events are planned out for the next year. There are also some networking opportunities on there and you can get to know other authors in the business.

This is all of the information that I've found in the 2 years I've been writing and publishing books. These are websites I've utilized and have worked to my advantage. I will be working on a blog specifically for radio interviews and I hope you all utilize this information to the best of your ability!

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind


 
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