The Longevity Game

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, 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 27 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 4 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.


Be good and go accomplish your goals.


Jamell Crouthers


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