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This title phrase (Von nischt, kommt nischt) is something we say in German and especially at my family’s house in a small town (village) of Kämmerzell, just outside Fulda Germany. Seems pretty simple and straightforward right? Then why are so many people failing to realize their own potential as well as their own shortcomings? The answer is not being self aware, plain and simple… (Sorry Gary Vaynerchuk but had to help you push this)
Fulda is a small town that was in close proximity to the East German border and a small American military base was established there simply due to this being the most likely spot the Soviet Union would invade. The town was generally best known for the fact that a Catholic bishop was originally from Fulda. Growing up you never know what life will be like in the future but I had it in my mind that I wanted to better known than the bishop and voiced this out loud to my family. Pretty stupid to think a 10 year old kid thought he would outdo one of the city’s most well known people.
One thing my family never told me was that I couldn’t do something. They had seen me too many times before simply prove them wrong and I thank them for letting me fall on my face a few times in the process. Look at this dorky ass kid with a Madonna gap, tinted glasses, and tri-colored track suit.
Who the hell would have ever guessed this kid would barely finish high school, move to the States, join the US Army to become a dental assistant, change his mind and become a Green Beret(complete opposite ends of the spectrum), get out of the Army, start a nonprofit with a buddy, start and fail a food truck business, start another business??
The bottom line is this, people have been telling me what I should or shouldn’t be doing my whole life. “I don’t know if you should try out for the Green Berets, its tough and gut check.” “Why do a food truck, you make no money in food?” “Don’t start your own nonprofit, it will be tough to raise funds” Where would I be if I listened to all the people on the sidelines of my life?
What I truly love about America is that you can try and fail so many times at what makes you happy or what you think might actually make you happy. When you bet on yourself you win no matter what, even when you fail at something in life. In the US we are the only place on earth where work ethic still trumps nepotism. If you want it more than the next person you have a shot. People in other countries don’t even get a shot to ask the pretty girl out, get into college, or even start a company simply because who their family is.
Don’t waste time thinking about things and just start doing them. Will you fail and mess things up? Absolutely! However, it’s what you do with that failure that will set you apart from the crowd.
I am still chasing the bishop but I have time… what are you chasing? 🙂
Thanks for reading and stay in touch. I would love to hear others and what they chasing in life.
Co-Founder of Fulda Foundation
Berlin is unlike any other city in the world and it is safe to say this is simply because of the people that want to live there. The city in a way is the best and worst of Germany all at the same time just as NYC or London in their respective countries. What makes Berlin unique is that there has not really been an industry in the city until recently with startup world coming to capital. The south of Germany has flourished under a hybrid government system of social capitalism with the car industry and other corporate cultures of Munich and Stuttgart. However, Berlin is a different vibe altogether and slowly becoming the hub of the art world, music, and gastronomy within Europe.
This has brought an influx of people from all over Germany, Europe and around the world immigrating to the capital. This also includes Israelis and other Jews from around the globe who have ventured to mainland Europe for a better life. Today over 120,000 people within Germany consider themselves Jewish and and about 25% call Berlin home. What I find particularly interesting is the people that I have met in Berlin are resilient and making a difference rather quickly. These people just know how to make things happen with very little resources and the results are simply amazing.
Fulda Foundation and the trip participants will be invited to a special place in Berlin for a Friday night dinner to see some amazing programming in action. The Fraenkelufer Synagogue has many volunteers that keep Jewish traditions alive in the capital but also have an amazing community outreach program with the neighborhood, which is predominately a Turkish neighborhood. These programs open doors and create dialogue with teenage youth in the community, assist basic necessities refugees during holidays, and many other efforts throughout the year.
One can’t help but be inspired by people that give more than they receive and continue to change perceptions. We hope you can make it with us this year on the trip to Berlin. Don’t delay as space is limited! Contact us at the website and learn about the trip more in depth or pass along the word of the trip.
Thanks as always for reading my blog and if you like my stuff be sure to recommend and follow me for future blogs. See you in Berlin!
CEO and Co-Founder of Fulda Foundation
Hi, first off thank you so much for your interest in this pilot program heading to Germany this summer by Fulda Foundation. Our organization has seen an interest in the community to learn and grow together through educational programming. Germany is always on the radar in regards to how it treats its minorities. This program is geared to give insight on what has happened in the past to the Jewish Community but concentrating more on the present and what will come about in the future. Berlin is a unique experience for all with the robust culinary, art, and music scene. We hope this will bring amazing people together to share experiences that will last a lifetime. See you in Berlin!
Fulda Foundation will lead a pilot program educational mission to Berlin, Germany in order to bring about awareness of German Jewish Community (Past, Present, Future) and create lasting experience for all involved from 1 June – 8 June, 2016.
Participants: 20 Slots (10 North America, 10 from other parts of the globe)
*Note all totals are donations and are fully tax deductible in North America, EU, and Israel
Dates: 1 June to 8 June 2016 (Flight days 31 May 2016 and 8 June)
Schedule: Currently being worked on, as soon as it is complete it will be blasted out via social media and email.
Here are some common questions that people tend to ask on our trips. These are simply the most common, if you have another question by all means let us know and we will be happy to answer anything.
Berlin is a unique topic of discussion in the Jewish communities across the globe. In the recent years there has been a rise in Jewish immigration to Germany as a whole but also specifically to Berlin. The bulk of the immigrants come either from former Soviet Union bloc countries but also Israel. All in all a total of 20,000 Jews have made their way back to Germany and Berlin. Our group will engage with leaders from each community to provide insight on why they made the move and what their life is like in the heart of the capital.
Our organization is truly a non-profit and we pride ourselves by currently having any overhead. Which means that 96% of our funds raised go to our programs and partners. The bulk of the donation will be contributed to airfare, lodging, food and activities on the mission. Whatever funds remain will go to our partnership organizations of Krembo Wings and Derech Eretz within Israel. Click on our partnership page for information on these two programs.
The main reason this mission and program is unique is that it has been established by a group of peers with the intent to build a bond within the community. This is not a top down driven kind of mission and there are no paid professionals from Fulda Foundation, so 96% of the donated funds go to what it is intended to.
Not at all, we are open to all and everyone is invited to join any of our programming or trips.
That is the great part of our trips, once it is over people usually stay longer and enjoy other places. All you have to do is let us know in advance and the individual pays any fees that are incurred from flight changes.
Our organization is user friendly and we allow individuals to either raise their own funds from friends and family or simply pay their deposit on their own. We still need the initial deposit at the same time but then can get individuals on a payment plan for the rest of the funds.
Our organization is ecstatic that you are considering embarking on an amazing adventure with us. We look forward to being the best host possible and combining great people with value and content throughout the mission. We hope to hear from you soon.
CEO and Co-Founder of Fulda Foundation
Read about the Fulda Gap in the past and present now and what people will see on the Berlin education mission in June of 2016
I can’t believe this was the way it was for the first 10 years of my life. There were two countries and the people were in the middle of the entire debacle known as the Cold War between the USA and Russia. Fulda, a town of now 50,000 inhabitants was where my American father was stationed to defend the infamous Fulda Gap. The easiest way for the Russians to attack west Germany based on geography. A total of about 4,000 US troops were stationed in the small town for one thing, to be a speed bump against the Red Army until the US troops from Frankfurt and Wuerzberg could reinforce the area.
When the Berlin Wall came down the base closed for its final time in 1994. However, the base and the remnants of a past time still are very apparent throughout the region. The old barracks for the troops now house German families. The towers at Checkpoint Alpha pictured above are now a museum. The town thrived on the economy of the US troops and when they left there was a drastic economic decline throughout the region.
However, Fulda has weathered the storm and has turned around the economic downturn with a strategic plan to promote local small businesses. The downtown area is filled with local shops and boutiques as well as restaurants in the downtown. Musicians such as Elton John and others have taken notice of Fulda and have performed in the wonderful castle gardens. Many people from Frankfurt and other parts of the area are coming for day trips as well. It’s simply great to go back and see what the city has become.
Join me in rediscovering the past, present, and future of the city I was born in with others this summer as well as Berlin in the 2016 education mission with Fulda Foundation.
Here is the link for the details of the trip