Officer Croxton.

Meh. Doesn’t quite roll off the tongue.

But that was the plan. No, not my plan. His plan.

He took me out for breakfast and laid it on me. Apparently, the Oakland Police Department was hiring. The pay was decent, starting around $50,000 a year to fight bad guys. To protect and serve.

At the time, my previous business, Underground Wellness, hadn’t quite turned the corner. While my online following was growing, my bank account wasn’t keeping pace.

From the outside looking in, I probably looked like one huge failure. The family’s first college grad — the one who was supposed to “make it big” — was rotating the same two pairs of jeans and barely making rent.

So I chewed my bacon and listened to all of the reasons why my online health biz would never take off.

People don’t care about their health.

No one wants to buy digital health products online.

I should just stop. Move back home. Join the force. Fight crime.

Thanks, dude. But I’ll pass. I think I’m gonna ride this one out.

No, I hadn’t made it big. Yet. And a solid salary would have bought me a few pairs of jeans and a sense of stability.

But I’m no cop. I’d rather fail doing what I love than follow someone else’s plan for what my life should look like.

It’s been 7 years since that breakfast. Turns out, people actually do care about their health. And they buy digital products too. Who knew?

I knew.

And that’s all that mattered.

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