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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There are no overnight successes, sorry to bust your bubble. Everything takes TIME. Along with patience, energy, effort, drive, dedication and so many other words. There's no getting around it. I wish I could tell you I published my first book and boom, there I was successful as hell. But I'm not, I'm 16 books into this thing and still nothing. I've tried so many different things, invested so much money into this and still nothing yet.

I'm entrenched in a world where there are millions of books on different bookstore platforms. Do my books standout? Yes they do, they're written in poetry prose format, with the focus on societal issues in the world that are character driven (literary fiction) and they have a journalistic feel to them where it's telling you a story about a specific person. You would think, wow that is different and that is an interest concept to how I write my books, but that's not necessarily the case.

My podcast have did well in 2018 on two platforms, if I would've been on the four platforms I'm on now, things may be totally different so I shot myself in my own foot. For me, I've done the patience things when it comes to my books, but the reality is, I have to do even more to standout from the pack and I figured out a few things. I have to humanize myself on social media a little bit and show behind the scenes things in my life. How I write, what I do when I'm writing and a few other things that most writers aren't doing on their end.

It's not easy to be patient when you've done so much work, put in so many hours and you're still not seeing the results you want. I'm already 3 1/2 years into my writing journey so imagine how many other people have been doing what they love for way more years and still haven't seen results yet. Trust me, I question if I'm cut out for this on a regular basis but then when I think of another book idea, script concept, blog post, podcast idea, then I'm thinking to myself, gotta do this work!

TIME can be our best friend and our worst enemy because you don't know how your life is going to go from day to day. If I died tomorrow, there would be so much content you wouldn't get to read, listen to or see that's how much I have stashed and ready to go. That's how I know my TIME is coming and when people finally realize all of the work I've done, they'll be playing catch up.

When I shared my podcast with my supervisor at my job, he wanted to catch up on all of the content I posted. He was 49 episodes behind though at an average of 10-12 minutes a podcast so imagine how much time he had to spend catching up. That's why I do it, we have discussions on the world and what's going on and it's insightful to hear his perspective. 

So when I tell you everything takes TIME, I truly mean it, so keep doing the work and finding ways to get others to see how you can impact them. Remember there are very few people who will understand your goals and reason for doing what you are doing. Don't let negativity and self-doubt keep you from doing what you're great at!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

The four Ss is something that I thought about not too long ago and it fits perfectly into anything regarding your life journey. Being SMART in what you do, doing things with your SOUL, striving for SUCCESS and making SACRIFICES to get there. I'll go in depth with each worth and how it impacts you and your journey.

Knowing who you are and what you're good at, you eventually figure out what you love. Being SMART and knowing your strengths is what matters the most. Your weaknesses are something you should know but not define yourself with.

Putting your SOUL into what you love is what matters the most. You will never feel fulfilled in life unless you're doing something that sets your SOUL on fire. Everyday, if you wake up and feel empowered to go do what you love, then your life is where it should be and has to be.

Focusing on your SUCCESS is what your goal should be, don't let anything else hinder you from that. Nothing should keep you from doing what you want in your life. Living your purpose and living for yourself is what your life should be about. If people don't understand, then that's on them, no one else.

Making SACRIFICES is what has to be done in order to get to the end results and ultimate goal. If you're not willing to make SACRIFICES such as hangin' out with friends, family, missing important family events, and other things, it's going to be hard to get to where you want to be.

The four Ss is not easy to do, you may figure out 2 our of 4 or 3 out of 4 but in my opinion and through this journey I've been one, you need to have all four to achieve anything you want. It's very hard and I had to learn myself that I needed all four to accomplish my goals. My goals are endless because like I've said in previous blogs, this is about longevity and legacy for me.

Whatever your purpose is for doing what you love, stick to that. Don't let anyone change your vision or deter it in anyway. You are built for this, just know that.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

The biggest thing that we all live with in our lives is REGRET. My goal with this blog mostly is to get you to not live with any REGRETS. I don't want you all to grow old and sit around thinking to yourself, "what if I took a chance," or "what if I worked toward my passion?" As Gary Vaynerchuk says, "go spend time in a senior home and you'll hear so many older people sharing their REGRETS." Which is very true because I'm in my 30s and I REGRET not putting the work into this writing journey early on.

Granted for me, it's not too late for me and I figured out my purpose in life but I don't want it to happen to you. I want you all to be happy in what you're doing and to not live with REGRETS in your life. What happens to us is we live a life of comfort and we have to get out of that. We have to go out on a limb and go do something that makes us uncomfortable.

We spend most of our lives looking for the acceptance of others and feeling wanted by others. We have our minds programmed from a young age that school is important and college degree will make you successful in life. It doesn't apply to every field that you do (unless you're a lawyer, doctor, engineer, information technology) just to name a few. The reality is when you're blessed with a talent, most of it comes naturally to you and it's something that you were born to do.

At the end of the day, you don't want to get older, reflect back on your life and have REGRETS on things that you wished you did. Go work toward something that you love and are passionate about. At least if it doesn't workout, you can say that you went for it and don't have to wonder what if you did what could have been the outcome.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

If you're trying to win the RACE now, your journey will take a big halt later on. Too many of us are trying to win so bad right now to prove to people we are great at what we do that we have to understand it's not a RACE, it's a marathon. We should be understanding that whatever we are working on, when the time comes for everyone to know what we're about, it will be well worth the wait.

I've written plenty of books, posted a lot of blogs, recorded a good amount of podcasts and it would be great if I got the results now. It would be awesome if everyone knew who I was and what I do but there's a reason why I'm not there yet. Am I sure why? Not totally but I know that by the time people realize who I am, they will have so much catching up to do which to me is a great thing.

This is why I implore you all to think about what your goals are. Do you want the notoriety now and right away to where it may not last as long as waiting and having longevity in what you're doing? It's something to really think about when it comes to all that you're currently doing right now. This is for the people who are working on something big but are down on themselves that they aren't seeing results yet.

Remember I made 3 years in February with writing by books and it's not easy at all. The time I'm putting into improving and standing out from the crowd is crucial in how successful I'll be in the future. So if I'm not where I want to be yet, just know that I'm continuing to go hard and you should too. We're in this together and I want to see you succeed as bad as I want to succeed myself.

Now go work hard and accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

We all see entrepreneurs and people who are successful and they talk about their routines and what works for them. Some wake up as early as 4 a.m. to start their days and they sleep 6 hours a night. We're always told to wake up early and get ahead of the people who are sleep. Well....here's what I will tell you...find a ROUTINE that works for you. Don't feel obligated to sleep less to wake up early and do work when you're not at your best.

I'm not a morning person, never have been, never will be. But I am surely a night person and I do my best work at night. It's all in what you're comfortable with and how productive you're going to be. I can never wake up at 5 a.m. and be productive in any way, shape or form which is why I've never done it from the moment I started this journey.

Now have I gone to bed at 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. sometimes because I was up all night working on things? Yes I have and there's nothing wrong in doing it that way. I know for me I work a full-time job currently Monday-Thursday and when Thursday night at 8:45 p.m. comes, I know I have work to do from that time until 7:30 a.m. Monday morning. In between that time, I have errands to do, food shopping, and adult responsibilities but I'm always making sure I have allotted time to get things done.

If you're a morning person, go for it, wake up early and get things done. If you're a night owl, stay up late, do your work and get your rest. What matters is how you start your day and how you finish your day. Mental focus and sticking to what has worked for you will allow you to grow and be great.

Having a good diet, eating right, exercise, having good people around you and doing things that make you happy is what will keep you in good spirits. Routines are necessarily a bad thing, they help you stay organized, on point, it keeps your mind clear and it makes for a great story in your journey. I have a ROUTINE that works for me and I will continue doing it because it's what has allowed me to create so much content.

Do what makes you happy always! Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Life can get really hectic at times and sometimes you need QUIET time for yourself. Every once in a while, you need to recharge your battery so you're fresh mentally and emotionally. No one is ever at their best when life is stressful and they're dealing with so much at one time. Sometimes we need to shutout the world for just a little while to get ourselves back to 100%.

For me, I need quiet time and I do in various ways. There are nights I get home from work and when I eat dinner, I don't have my phone near me, no iPad, and no television. It's just me and eating my meal, that's it. I avoid thinking about my day or what I have to do in regards to my projects. Sometimes when I'm off from work, I will lay in bed in silence in my house when no one is around. There are days when I'm off where I'll listen to music to relax my mind (ambient or electronic music helps me a lot).

It's not easy to deal with the stresses of life that will come your way. It's all in how you manage it and understand that you need a break from the world. Going out with friends is not going to always help, being around friends is not always the move either, it's literally just shutting yourself down and spending time alone.

So whenever you feel overwhelmed with life and all that's going on, take sometime for yourself and get your mind right. Rest your body, cater to your soul and listen to what your mind and body are telling you.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

The title of this blog is so important to me because of my journey that I'm on right now. I've been writing and doing so many things for over 3 years. The one thing I've been doing is having PERSISTENCE in the PROCESS and I won't stop. There are days where I don't want to do it anymore and then I have to remind myself that I could be stuck at a desk for the next 30 years of my life. Then I get back to work and know that what I'm doing is not finished. 

If you keep going hard at your goals and the end goal, you'll definitely see results. It's hard work, a grind and staying consistent in what you're doing, everything will fall into place. Nothing is going to be easy because if it was, everyone will always choose that route and there will be way more rich people in this world. 

It's time, hard work, dedication to getting better at what you're doing. I'm always working at writing better blogs, the next book, sounding better on podcasts, sounding better when I record my audiobooks. For me, it's not about being perfect but just improving each time with what I'm passionate about. It's about growth within you and no one else. 

Look at all of the people who are entrepreneurs, businessmen, businesswomen, lawyers, doctors who strive for greatness and got to where they are. It was PERSISTENCE in the PROCESS to get to where they are. It was years of planning, working, grinding, and continually doing things through trial and error. A lot of them will say it wasn't easy and they were consistent in what they were doing to get to where they are. 

The journey should be long, nothing happens quickly. So enjoy all of the ups, downs, the good, the bad, the ugly, the falls, everything. It'll give you a great story to tell when you get to the top. Remember you become successful the minute you start working toward your big goals, not when you achieve the money for what you do.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

Everyday should be a life where you live with a PURPOSE. It should be a reason for why you are doing what you are doing. If you can't find that, then its time to reevaluate your life and start making changes. Your life shouldn't consist of existing, working, paying bills, and getting old to live off of the very limited money you were able to save up.

Your life should have substance and PURPOSE no matter what. Finding your passion and continually doing it until you're making money full-time is what it's about. If you have a gift and talent that you should be sharing with the world, you need to be pursuing that with every ounce of energy that you have. Will you figure out what you should be doing right away at a young age in your life? Not necessarily, everything takes time.

It wasn't until I was 32 years old where I found my PURPOSE in life and here I am age 36 doing it everyday whenever I have the free time. I'm not where I want to be yet where I can walkaway from Corporate America but I know I'm going to get there. I will always give my all to this because writing is my passion, sharing insight into what's going on around us, writing motivational blogs like this is what gets my juices flowing and my mind chugging away.

Life is about finding yourself, embracing the journey and learning about people and yourself. Some of you may know what you want for the rest of your life in your 20s, some in your 30s, some in your 40s. The best advice I can give you all is to live your life, experience things, try things that interest you and then find a good 3-4 things that you can see yourself doing the rest of your life.

Now I know what you're thinking, 3-4 things? Yes, that is correct because we are all multi-talented in different things and we shouldn't hinder ourselves. I write books, record my own audiobooks, do podcasts, write blogs, have a YouTube channel and write screenplays. I never thought I'd be doing any of these but here I am, embracing the journey and taking it all on. How do I manage all of it? By focusing on certain things and not feeling like I should be focused on all of them at once. 

I've found my PURPOSE in life and you should too. It's not easy and depending on what your goals are, just know that it all comes in due time.

Be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind 

I want to ask you an important question. Have you taken the time to OBSERVE who really supports you? I'm talking about people who care about your success and your well-being on a regular basis. They ask about your goals, your journey, the grind you go through and what your end goal is. Have you thought about that?

If you haven't, I am going to ask you to do that. This is what I mean by people who really support you. They're reposting anything that you post on social media, they're shouting you out to their family and friends, they're buying your product or telling people to lookout for you and what you're doing. They text or call you to see how everything is going with what you're doing, they leave reviews on the product you have and are selling.

Sometimes if you stop talking, you don't reach out to a few people for a while, you watch and OBSERVE people and how they move, you'll start to see who supports you and who doesn't. It's very easy to do, listen more than talk, watch more with your eyes through observation and hone in on actions than words. It's easy to get caught up in people talking than actually taking the time to do things proactively.

Do your due diligence in regards to this, it will make your life easier. It allows you to make your circle smaller, it eliminates jealous people, envious people and people who don't want to see you succeed. Grind with the people who have been with you from day one and you'll go far in whatever you're passionate about.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



The picture for this blog explains itself, you can't live a positive life with a negative mind. Negative thoughts affect your mind and NEGATIVITY will hinder you no matter what. Thinking positively that things are going to workout when it comes to your life goes a long way. It's not easy to have a positive mindset all of the time but life has a way of working out when you're thinking positively.

A lot of things can contribute to having negative thoughts in your mind. You may not be mentally strong sometimes, you might be dealing with things in your life, you might want results for what you've been working on for the longest. It can be a myriad of things that may have you in a negative mindset. But you can't let that break you and you can't let that get to you.

There are so many negative forces in the world, people, things, environment. If you have negative people in your life, you have to distance yourself from them. If you're in a negative environment, work on being in an environment that will help you prosper and strive for greatness. The world is setup for you to be in a negative mindset so don't let anyone or anything get to you.

You are bigger and better than the NEGATIVITY that goes on around you. A toxic environment can hinder your success. Rushing the process of wanting results keeps you from success also. Focus on what you can control and let the rest work out for itself.

Don't forget, the Struggles and Growth of a Man Part 4 releases today on all major bookstores!

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Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Having clutter going on in your mind is one of the worst things to deal with when you're working on something major. Life can get busy and hectic and sometimes our minds aren't able to fully function correctly and be clear of the clutter. The best thing to do is the calm your MIND and recharge your battery.

When your MIND is calm and at ease, your thoughts are more clear, you're more coherent and cognizant of things. I've dealt with my MIND being all over the place and it was hard to focus on what I had to do. When this happens to me, I take a break, get my MIND right and then come back to what I'm doing.

It all starts with your MIND with anything, your thoughts control the rest of your body. When your MIND isn't right, your body isn't either and can affect everything else. That's why they say, how you think determines how your life will go. So be sure to calm your MIND whenever things get too hectic in your life.

I know it's easier said than done but it's imperative that you keep your MIND clear of all of the clutter. Stress causes it, overthinking, overanalyzing things, situations going on in your life and many other things. Take care of yourself, it goes a long day.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

In this journey called life, you must LOVE yourself first, there's no getting around that. If you don't LOVE yourself first, who else will? There are days you aren't going to like yourself but there's always a chance to change things to make it better. There are chances to make yourself better as a person, never forget that.

You have to LOVE yourself more than anyone or anything in the world. Don't lose sense of who you are trying to appease and please other people. The world isn't setup for everyone to be happy, it's setup to keep people down in the dumps, sad, depressed and heavily medicated. There's always money to be made from people feeling insecure and uncomfortable in their own skin.

If you're going to achieve any goals in your life and live your life to the fullest, you have to LOVE yourself first. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it so please take time to get your mind, body and soul right before you go after anything you want in life. You have to be ready for the obstacles coming your way.

You're not going to always be mentally strong everyday, that's not expected of you. We are human beings, not programmed robots. So don't expect to LOVE yourself every single day of your life. We're not going to always be at our best but we can't be down on ourselves and life for too long. We have to pick ourselves up and there's definitely nothing wrong in talking to others to have a listening ear. Have someone to talk to and confide in to get you through those tough times.

Remember, it's you that has to live with what goes on inside of your mind daily. So please make sure you're mentally good because that's a huge component of your health.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

I'm very hard on myself and all of the time. I'm honestly my own worst enemy because I have high expectations of myself. But sometimes I have to take a step back and realize I have to be KIND to myself. I have to take a mental break from it all, decompress and come back to the work I've been focused on.

Being KIND to yourself is crucial in your success in anything you do. Putting constant pressure on yourself leads to unnecessary stress and you're not always there mentally to make rational decisions. So having a clear mind allows you to complete tasks that you need to. It's okay to want great results but being hard on yourself too much can take a toll on you mentally.

It's not easy to do this when you're on a journey to prove to yourself and others that you can do it. I'm definitely all for resting yourself and recuperating when needed. Being mentally healthy is important when you are working toward something big. Whether it be a short vacation to a place you've wanted to go to, spending time with family and friends, working out, watching sports or your favorite TV show, whatever it is do it for a little while and then go back to what you're working on.

Your body always needs rest, recuperate, and recharging. Those 3 Rs will be the biggest components to how successful you'll be when the time comes. When you need a break, take it, you'll thank yourself later.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Supporting others is one of the greatest things you can do, especially when it's someone doing the same thing you're doing. JEALOUSY will get you nowhere and it will only hinder your success. Competing with others should never be the goal. It should be competing with yourself and bettering yourself every chance you get.

JEALOUSY is one of the worst traits to have because it is only letting others know that you're not willing to work hard toward your own goals. Social media is a detriment to a lot of what goes on in the world because people can easily comment and express an opinion on a person. Some of us have snake skin and will not respond but then there are others that will affect them mentally and emotionally.

Posting about others on social media and supporting them may lead to them supporting you back. It also allows you to talk with them about the struggles they're going through on their journey and giving each other advice. So it always helps to support each other in the marathon that you're on. Most people are going through the same things you are when it comes to making it big.

The biggest thing is paying attention to the energy that others are giving back to you when you talk about what you're striving for. It's not always about you being jealous of others but people that are jealous of you. That's negative energy that you don't need to address or acknowledge, you just have to let them be. Addressing it on social media only lets them know you're paying attention to them.

Please focus on all of the positives on your journey, the JEALOUSY from others and the ones who don't really care about you, take mental notes and keep pushing forward. Continue to do your work and enjoying all that you're doing, your time is coming and your moment is coming too.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

You're definitely going to be unsure of what's to come and where you're going. Just do me a solid favor when you're going through this... embrace the JOURNEY, go with the flow and see where it takes you. I started writing books and thought that's all I would be doing. Then came writing blogs, then came podcasts, then came audiobooks for my books I wrote, then came screenplays. Next will be developing an app, and starting my author brand clothing line.

Imagine if I just limited myself to just my books and didn't fully explore other platforms to get myself out there. Some people are visual, some are audio, it all depends and I want to be on every major platform possible. I'm still embracing the JOURNEY and living in uncertainty of what's to come. I continue going and seeing where life takes me.

What I want you all to understand and know, you're blessed and talented in more than one thing. Once you realize that, sky's the limit and your career and goals will take off. People will always try to have a say in your JOURNEY but don't let them. You have to be the one that lives with the decisions you make at the end of the day.

Once you embrace the JOURNEY and let life guide you along the way, things become easier. Don't overthink too much, don't overanalyze things either. That will do nothing but hinder you from achieving what you want. You'll make bad investments, make dumb decisions and do things that you don't need to. It's all part of the learning curve and then you can pass on your valuable lessons to others.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind




I wrote a blog last year about this series and Parts 3, 4 and 5 in the next 3 months (Part 3-4/19, Part 4-5/10, Part 5-6/7/19). It was time I get back to the first series that I started 3 years ago. When I wrote Part 1, I thought that it would be just one book but somehow I managed to turn this into a 5 part series. The plan definitely wasn't to write 5 books on men's struggles and societal issues.

Robert has grown a lot since Part 1 and still deals with a plethora of issues that we as men face on a daily basis. So many of us men struggle to find ourselves among the clutter and madness of the world. Trying to keep ourselves sane and try to live up to societal standards was the biggest part in writing this series.

Michael, Robert's younger brother becomes more involved in the series as it progresses. Michael chronicles his journalistic diary of his life. I wanted to have him more involved in the series and write it from another man's perspective and show that he's trying to grow but is dealing with struggles himself. He's trying to acclimate himself to society against after doing a few years in a federal prison.

I don't want to give away too much of the remainder of the 3 books in the series but just know it only gets better and if you haven't read the first 2 books, please go purchase Part 1, it's 99 cents in all bookstores!

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Gefe2T
All other bookstores: https://www.books2read.com/u/mBe8eN

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Being confined to a desk a large amount of your life is something most people don't want to do or deal with. The only thing is having the INDEPENDENCE to do what you want, it requires a lot of work and all of the time. INDEPENDENCE will get you far because it becomes inspiring to others and they see and realize they can do what you're doing.

Freedom to do what we want everyday is mainly our goal. Sometimes we have to take a leap of faith in order to get to where we want to be. That might entail walking away from the job you're currently at, it might be cutting down the amount of hours at your job. It can consist of leaving certain people behind in your life, it can be various things.

Traveling your own journey is what's important in getting your INDEPENDENCE. It's all in timing and what you want to have in your life. Speaking it into existence is crucial and knowing that having INDEPENDENCE will come at a price. But it's what's going to get you far in your passion and what you truly love.

Don't settle into what the world and society want you to be. Carve your own path and work toward your INDEPENDENCE of the corporate structure. There's room for all of us to succeed.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

HAPPINESS is the name of the game. It's not money, cars, big houses, yachts, expensive vacations, buying materialistic things that will bring you happiness. You surely can't put it all in a casket and be buried with it, that's for sure. Now if you are striving for that as your end goal, then you're thinking about trying to impress others. If you want the money to be able to travel and live freely then great.

I'm not saying to not strive for a nice house or a nice car but do it on your own terms, not on other people's terms. HAPPINESS is the key to success because if you love what you do everyday, the money will come and it won't even be that much of a concern. As they say the more money that comes your way, the more stressed you become and the more problems that come your way.

The world pushes out all of these celebrities, athletes and CEOs of companies who are rich as hell financially but mentally unhappy and emotionally drained. The money aspect is only shown but most of us don't know that they're going through things behind the scenes that we don't know of. If you think that they're happy with all of the money they have and the numerous problems they have, you're only fooling yourself.

When you see people who don't care to make millions but are fine making $500,000 a year and they're happy, they're good. There are people who are great at what they do and are cool making $250,000 a year, that's great too. The ideal goal for everyone is always $1 million dollars, that's when life starts and it's not really reality.

If you wake up everyday happy that you're alive, breathing, have all of your extremities, then you're successful. Getting to do what you want and live life on your own terms, that's the added piece to your happiness. Whenever I have time to write these motivational and inspirational blogs, write my books, record my podcasts and work on audiobooks, I'm at my happiest.

Whenever this all takes off, I doubt I'll want a huge house or the most expensive car. It's because I'm happy living a simpler life and don't care for attention. I'm more focused on living on my own terms and traveling the world and experiencing different cultures.

With that said, be good and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Here's one thing that I want you all to understand, when it comes to accomplishing your goals, the GRIND has to be everyday. I know what you're thinking, it has to be everyday? Yes it has to be, I'm not necessarily saying you have to work toward your goals for hours a day. What I'm saying is do something that'll get you close to the end goal.

GRINDING doesn't mean that you're doing work for 10 hours a day, it can be 4 hours a day on the weekend and maybe 1-2 hours during the week (if you have a full-time job). The GRIND means that you're also thinking, processing things, mentally focusing on certain things. The GRIND can mean just writing down things that have to be done. The GRIND can be reading up on something that'll help you to work on your goals. It can be a plethora of things, it's not always ducking your head and doing work like a madman or mad woman.

The GRIND everyday for me is an hour a day Monday-Wednesday, Thursday is 3-4 hours, Friday-Sunday is 6-7 hours per day. That's my average and it changes weekly depending on how I'm feeling physically and mentally. Some days I do more work than others but one thing is for sure, I'm always doing something that's going to get me to where I want to be. For me, there is never an end goal, there's always work to do.

If you need a certain amount of sleep daily and an allotted time for leisure (gym, listening to music, thinking, relaxation, TV shows) then do that. I just want you all to stay focused on the task at hand and the work that has to be done to achieve greatness. Life is a balancing act and it can get hard at times with so many distractions being thrown your way. Mental focus will be the most important thing you'll need to get to where you want to be.

So when I say GRIND everyday, it means stay focused and remember why you started. Have a mission statement for yourself and stick to it. Mine is "Trying to change the world, one book at a time."

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

One thing I have to say about accomplishing your big goals is you have to want it more than anyone else in this world. Easier said than done right? You don't want to do work today? Well, someone is outworking you, will that get you out of bed to do work? Yeah I figured that would do it. You're going to go through the grind of trying to get to the end goal and you're going to fail at things, there's no question about that. It's just a matter of whether you're going to let those FAILURES define you or if you're going to keep going.

FAILURE is not an option for me, I've come too far on this journey to stop. I've been writing books for 3 years, I've been recording podcasts for a year, writing these blogs for almost 3 years, recording YouTube videos for a few months and I'm still not where I want to be. I get a few books sales occasionally, have made dumb and bad investments into trying to get my books going. I've accepted that I've lost money in this whole process but if I gave up now, I'd always wonder what if I didn't and just kept going?

Nothing in this process is easy for me, I write these blogs, record audiobooks, write books, format them, make book covers, market and promote my books, record weekly podcasts, record YouTube videos, post on social media, engage on social media, writing screenplays, it's non-stop and neverending for me. There's always work for me to do and in the midst of all of this, I've failed quite a few times.

I sent my script to a production company in Los Angeles and was told it's more of a theater piece than a movie. I took his feedback and thought about it and realized that maybe it is. It doesn't mean that I won't make it in movies as a screenwriter, I could still write a movie script and it works. I spent a large amount of money on a virtual book tour for one of my books to not get one sale and my books are in at least 10 bookstores online.

The point is if you really want it bad enough, you'll keep working at what you're doing. They say it takes years to build something special and big enough to where you can make a living doing it. I'm continuing to build my platform and my brand because by the time people realize who I am and what I'm going, they'll have a lot of catching up to do (15 books, over 50 podcasts, YouTube videos, and over 100 blogs).

So today I want to instill in your mind, FAILURE is not an option. That you're going to keep going and you're not going to let anyone or anything stop you from achieving all that you want. The world is huge, with over 7 billion people, someone will like and appreciate what you're doing no matter what it is.

Today officially makes 3 years I've been writing books and I've written 15 books. So please take a moment to look at some of the societal issue books I've written:

Amazon: http://amazon.com/author/jamellcrouthers
All other bookstores: https://books2read.com/ap/nmXA1R/Jamell-Crouthers

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

When you were a kid, did you ever have a teacher who always said what the title of this blog is, "Strive for EXCELLENCE?" I'm quite sure there was at least one teacher who had an impact on your life, you just didn't see it that way at that moment. But when you reflect back on it now, you realize that they said this for a reason.

What happens as we get older and become adults, we become people who are trying to survive in a dog eat dog world. We stop striving for EXCELLENCE in whatever we are doing. We are just trying to make it, living check to check and not focusing on our goals. We lose our sense of drive to do anything and mentally we become so tired of the daily grind.

We forget about those people when we were younger who always told us to strive for EXCELLENCE. So take the time to think about your childhood and those who instilled values of hard work and dedication to what you love and are passionate about. Life is surely not what most of us are dealing with right now, paying rent, paying school loans, car payments, car insurance, food and whatever is left is for us. Life is more than that so we must understand that we have to start living for us and not for others.

Think about your kids (if you don't have any, think of other younger kids) and what their lives will be in the future. Do you want them to see you living a life of mediocrity and living a monotonous life? Remember kids emulate what adults do and if they see you not striving for EXCELLENCE, why would they do it themselves?

Life is a journey, we should enjoy it, not be mentally, physically and emotionally drained due to the way society is structured. This world is not structured for you to always win, we have to go out there and take what's ours.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

I've always followed the 4Ds when it comes to accomplishing my big goals. You have to DREAM about it all of the time, have the necessary DRIVE to get things done, have the DETERMINATION no matter what obstacles you face and the DEDICATION to getting better at what you do no matter what it is. Those are imperative to how you become the greatest at what you do.

A DREAM is something that you may have but it has to turn into reality by actually doing the work. Your goals may be too big for someone else to believe but if you believe in yourself, anything can happen. Everyone has their moment and as long as you're constantly working toward something, the results will show down the line.

Having DRIVE has to be in you, you don't necessarily develop that over time. You have to want it more than anyone or anything else. The way I keep my DRIVE going is, there's someone working harder than me right now. I'm always in competition with myself and that's what makes the bad days get better. There are plenty of days I don't have that internal DRIVE but I always tell myself, if I do 30 minutes of work today instead of an hour or 2 hours, it's one step closer to achieving my goals.

The DETERMINATION is something you have to have in you too. There's going to be so many distractions and things going on in your life which may prevent you from doing the work you need to do. But when you want it bad enough, you make time to do your work and get things done. We all have different things going on in our lives and excuses aren't going to fly with people who have just as much on their plate as you do.

When you have the DEDICATION to perfecting your craft, you'll always be striving for greatness no matter what. It's hard to stay dedicated to things sometimes but if you want to better your life and be able to live on your own terms, the DEDICATION  is something you must have. The journey is not easy but the work isn't going to do itself.

The 4Ds that I live by are gold for me when it comes to doing these blogs, writing my books, recording my audiobooks and podcasts and so many more projects that I work on. With that said....

Be good, and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind


If you can't DISCIPLINE yourself, you're not going to win. You have to be willing to do your work when you don't want to. You have to be willing to do work when you're tired. You have to be willing to do work when you don't want to. The DISCIPLINE is a must in order to get to where you want to be.

The time, energy, effort, patience, hard work is what matters the most and that requires DISCIPLINE. You're going to slack off, you're going to be lazy, you're going to go hangout with your friends, you're going to watch your favorite TV shows, you're going to watch sports, but here's the thing. You have to be willing to balance it out or else you're not going to finish what you're working on.

You have to be willing to turn off the TV, not go out, not hangout with family and friends, staying up late, or waking up early. It's all up to you in what you're going to get done. The DISCIPLINE comes from your work habits, how you balance your life, what you're doing while everyone else is having fun.

You owe it to yourself, unless you want to sit at a desk working for someone else for the rest of your life. You have DISCIPLINE to wake up every morning to go to a corporation and make money for someone else. So why can't you have DISCIPLINE to work on something that you love and are passionate about? You've been DISCIPLINED all of your life on everyone else's terms so why can't you be DISCIPLINED on your own terms?

You have to want it more than anyone else. No one should be outworking you and if you don't have that drive, it's not going to come to you randomly. You either have it or you don't so get to work!

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



The World We Live In Series was a series that wasn't easy to write at all. With the conclusion of this series coming with Parts 4 & 5, it was only fitting that I share what went into writing the rest of this series. I never wanted anyone to die on my books, I wanted the focus to be on resilience, growth, passion, love, compassion and understanding of human being struggles.

The World We Live In Part 4 will be released on February 8th and Part 5 will be released on February 22nd. These characters were the hardest to write because you have to develop story lines that are believable and show internal struggle. While these story lines are fictional, it does focus on real world social issues that go on.

When I started Part 1, I had no intentions on writing about 19 different people from all walks of lives. They're different ages, genders, races, and I wanted to make this series about humanity. All of the issues that I talk about from rape to domestic violence, homelessness, drug addiction, alcoholism, women's issues, and so many more, there was a focus on the characters and what they're dealing with.

This series was the toughest one to write because it's putting yourself in someone's shoes and putting a large amount of emotion and feelings into it. It got me emotional a lot because writing it becomes a huge challenge. I had to take quite a few breaks mentally that's why it takes me 6-8 weeks to write these books and sometimes even longer.

Granted it's in poetry prose format and I went a different route in how I wrote it, I want you all to understand it's a lot to take in. A lot of my reviews people said it's a lot to take in and most read books in one sitting. This series is definitely not books you read in one sitting because it's very emotional.

If you haven't read the first 3 books in the series, definitely go get them ASAP and read them before Parts 4 & 5 release.

Part 1:
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ENkyaW
Other bookstores:  https://www.books2read.com/u/m0zr50

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind



Sometimes in life we compromise with people to make things better in certain situations. When it comes to our goals, we should never compromise and here's why:

1. You should always be around people who will push you to strive for greatness.
2. When you compromise, you're mentally telling yourself, your goals aren't important to accomplish.
3. Compromising your goals for someone else is being selfish to yourself.
4. Knowing yourself and how important things are to you is imperative.
5. You are preventing yourself from growth mentally by pushing your goals to the side.

Those are just a few but there are plenty more reasons but you guys get my point. The biggest thing that we all deal with later on in our lives is regret. When you have opportunities to do things that you want, do it then, not later because by then, you may not be able to do it.

If you have family and friends who are hindering you from achieving your goals, you have to take a step back and reevaluate how much value they provide to your life. If your significant other is preventing you from accomplishing your goals, you have to think are they providing value to your life now and if they will support you in your future endeavors.

Take the time to think about your life, who is in your inner circle and they're pushing you to be the greatest person possible. If not, then it's time to meet people who will provide that value that you need in your life. Sometimes the closest people to you are toxic and don't want to see you succeed because they can't do what you're doing.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Insecurity is what keeps us from achieving greatness. I can live and die off of that because I already know that there are people who don't believe in me. Some have told me directly to my face and some I just can tell by their behavior that they don't BELIEVE in me. Some of us have snake skin and can handle that aspect of it and some of us don't quite have it.

Here's my thing, if you don't have snake skin, eventually you're going to have to develop it. Especially if you want to accomplish and achieve big things in your life. It's not going to be easy and it's all a growing process to develop snake skin and to only listen to your internal voice in your mind. Having self-doubt and uncertainty is part of the growth process and the journey, I go through it myself.

I only tell you guys this because this is my truth and I have no reason to lie to those who read my blogs. A lot of days aren't easy and I do question myself of why I'm doing all of this writing, blogs, podcasts, audiobooks and not getting the results I want. I'm only approaching three years of this journey so if I've come this far, why would I stop now?

If you don't BELIEVE in yourself, who else is going to BELIEVE in you? That's the key in all of this, understanding and knowing who you are and how great you can be. We're all blessed with talents, it's a matter of utilizing them to impact others and the world. So today I come to you and ask you, do you BELIEVE in yourself?

I hope you do because if you don't, I want you to start! Greatness comes with being self-aware of your strengths!

Be good everyone, and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

The biggest difference between people who say what they're going to do something and the ones who actually do it, it's they take action. You have to be willing to back up your actions and start doing the work to achieve the success? Too many people these days will talk about what they want to do or what they wish they can do but don't start at all.

Taking action shows you mentally that you are willing to do more than just talking about it. Do you find yourself always saying to yourself or others that you're going to do something as far as your goals and then never getting to it? Do you find yourself making excuses that you don't have time to get anything done?

Yeah I can see you nodding your head right now. Well, congratulations, welcome to being an adult and having to improve your time management skills. That's the name of the game when it comes to taking action, knowing what is important to you and what isn't. What I tell people all of the time is take time to think about the amount of time you waste each day, because we all do it.

How much time do you spend engulfed in other people's lives on social media? How much time do you spend playing video games or games on your technological devices? How much time do you spend watching, Netflix, Hulu, sports games or TV shows on your television? Are you willing to make the sacrifice of doing those things to strive for something that you love and want to do?

See, this is a blog specially for people who have goals and want to achieve them. This is a blog for people who are complaining about their life of monotony and aren't doing something about it. So here's my challenge to you today and going forward....take action and go do the work! It's not going to just happen and it's going to take a lot of work. It's going to take consistency everyday no matter if you work toward your goal for 30 minutes a day or 2 hours a day. Any amount of time spent toward your goals is moving you a step closer to achieving it.

Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all finished 2018 strong and you're ready for the new year! I hope the holidays was good for everyone but now....it's time to get back to the grind. What's on the agenda for this year? Motivating you guys as much as possible to go work on your goals and dreams. Also sharing my journey with my books I've written on social issues going on in the world.

This year, my blogs will consist of keywords that will be in big letters which is what I want you to focus on. Sometimes we all need a little push and hopefully some of these blogs will resonate with you and will get you on the road to working on yourself and your goals. It's not easy, believe me because I go through my phases of not being motivated and not wanting to do anything.

So my question to all of you reading is, what are your goals this year? Did you notice how I said, "goals" and not New Year's Resolutions? I stopped doing New Year's Resolutions years ago and I started telling myself I'm always a work in progress every single day, and you are too. Have you sat down and worked on your goals for yourself? I hope you did because with all of the blog content coming, it's going to make you think about your life and your purpose.

There will be blogs on taking action, mental focus, your purpose in life, being true to yourself, embracing the journey you're on, finding your passion and so many more! I hope you guys subscribe to my blog and listen to my podcast, The Aquarianmind Podcast which is now on 5 platforms (Spotify, Google Play, Podbean, iTunes and Stitcher).

Let's start this year off right! Be good everyone and go accomplish your goals!

Jamell Crouthers
Aquarianmind