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? 🙂
Krembo Wings , Lod Branch in Israel (2016)
Thanks for reading and stay in touch. I would love to hear others and what they chasing in life.
Co-Founder of Fulda Foundation