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Living Someone Else’s Dream

According to friends and family and a few people at work, Darren made “the best chili in the entire world.” They begged him to make it and to bring it to parties and potlucks. Every time he did, they exclaimed, “This is so good! You should open a food truck! You’d make millions.”

For his part, Darren never dreamed about owning a food truck—or a restaurant or anything else in the food business. He was a maintenance manager for a hospital. Had been for 17 years. He had nothing to do with food service. But every time he made the chili, he heard the same thing: “We can totally see you doing it.” There was just one problem: Darren didn’t. Eventually he started wondering if he should . . .

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