You work hard, have a successful career, and then raise millions to start another company, then retire.
Would you go sit on a beach, buy a yacht and sail around the world, or write a novel?
Steve Bradshaw considered every option.
Bradshaw, who lives in Memphis, graduated of the University of Texas and trained at the Institute of Forensic Science. He was one of the youngest ever to serve as a field agent for the Texas Medical Examiner's Office, where he investigated more than 3,000 unexplained deaths and more than 300 homicides.
But Bradshaw wanted more. After the successful career in forensics, Bradshaw entered the corporate world and helped make breakthroughs in the health care industry around the world.
But he was still searching for his next big thing. After a stint in health care, Bradshaw then decided to raise $25 million to start another company. He also decided to write novels using all of his life experiences to tell stories.
"I always wanted to write and I said, You know what? I'm getting older now,'" Bradshaw said. "Now look at how long am I going to be on the planet versus what I get forever. I decided it's time to stop now and start writing and doing what I wanted to do."
His first book, "Bluff City Butcher," is a forensic mystery thriller set in Memphis. His latest work, "The Skies Roared," is also set in Memphis. "The Skies Roared," hit the streets this week and picks up where his first book left off.
You will recognize various landmarks in his books like The Peabody Hotel. Bradshaw said Memphis is a perfect backdrop for writing and he plans to keep using the Bluff City as a focal point. You will also learn a lot.
"If someone reads my books they will know what it's like to run a boardroom, know what it is like to talk to a multi-millionaire investor," Bradshaw said. "They will know what it is like to walk into a scene of a horrific killing and determine what happened."
Bradshaw has some advice for you if you're reaching a crossroads in life.
"Redefine yourself," he said. "Continue to redefine yourself. I was an entrepreneur, a CEO, a president. I was a forensic investigator. Now I am an author."
He's successful at all of his endeavors but Bradshaw says the key is to only do one thing at a time, and give all you've got.
Look for more books from Bradshaw in the near future. He says he's got at least 25 more waiting to be written.