Policing’s processes and values of control often get in the way of its own development. It is this culture of policing that struggles in the constant daze of metamorphosis, almost to the point of cultural paralysis.
I was bullied in school. At 17, I was left at the crossroads of pursuing a career as a DJ or becoming a police officer, and for purely monetary reasons, I chose the uniform. Even with the uniform, the bullying continued, but I survived for 26 years in the line of duty working my way up the ladder, leading the status quo life, becoming “King of the S**t,” and then stepping up the ladder to consider becoming “S**t of the Kings!” Finally, the status quo of life sent me to the dark places of anxiety and depression.
I recently appeared on the ‘Life (Un)Closeted Podcast as a guest of Rick Clemons, Inspiring Speaker, Status Quo Disruptor and Bold Move Expert. Sharing my truth, my journey, and my ‘uncloseting’ from living a status quo life, even when others scratched their heads thinking, “What’s wrong with this bloke? His life looks pretty damn good to me!”
I know that in my business there will be peaks and there will be troughs. Even though the troughs may at times feel like the deepest of trenches, it is these peaks that keep me going and reaffirm for me that my message is right, my message is strong, people want to hear my message and the giving back to the community pays itself forward, back to me in the long run.
Showing humility is hard, especially for traditional leaders. Old power and old culture suggests that leaders are the ones that tell people what to do, they have answers. Humility can feel soft when times are hard and may make leaders appear vulnerable. Be here’s the thing. This is exactly humility’s virtue.