I grew up with some handicaps. My teachers wrote” ND has big problems with reading and writing”, they said I was a dyslexic.
I believed them. My grades where bad. Than became worse.
My self-esteem was below zero. I didn’t talk much, because of my insecurity I started to stutter.
I was blocked
Stories always fascinated me. I would think up grand adventures, but I was afraid to write them down.
I couldn’t spell.
At the age of 12 I moved with my family from Switzerland to the USA. Everything was in English now. At first it brought fear to my spelling ability, but I realized that it was a chance to start fresh. No teacher knew that I was a dyslexic. As I learned a new language my stuttering started to disappear. My self-esteem started to grow.
When I returned to Switzerland at the age of 15 I had to learn German again. Still afraid of making mistakes I did my minimal and started to use my mouth over writing for communication. I had accepted that I couldn’t write, so I would become a speaker. Working as a salesman and a youth pastor was great. Speaking was my greatest tool. I didn’t have to write a lot, or let someone else do it for me. I had accepted the inability to write.
At the age of 36 my life took another turn. My job changed from being a youth pastor to a coach and leader developer. Communication didn’t change right away. I still spoke a lot. More and more people told me, that what I said would be great in writing.
Two of our most proven people will leave ICF Zurich this summer 2013 with their whole family. ND & Sophal Strupler will plant a new ICF church in Cambodia. They are ready for a really big adventure.
We (ICF Zurich) asked how all this happened and what they feel personally.
Interview with ND Strupler
How on earth did it come about that you decided to move to Cambodia with your family? Your wife Sophal is an adoptive child from Cambodia…
This has to do with our first decision we took over 20 years ago: We where part in the ICF project and are prepared to go “all in”. Now it’s the same just with another challenge. It is a consequence of our first decision wanting to have an excited life in the kingdom of God. Sophal was the one who took the initiative to plant an ICF in Cambodia. It wouldn’t have been my choice, I would have picked California (another place with “C”…). But when she vocalized this, I also realized that like a puzzle many pieces fit together and it really made sense.
Where in Cambodia will you start and why?
After a time of research we chose the city of Siem Reap. At the moment, this is the fastest growing city in Cambodia because it is a tourist spot which attracts many Cambodians from the surrounding provinces. Unfortunately, it’s not near to the sea but one flying hour from Siem Reap.
What is your and your family’s motivation to take such a step after such a long time of active church work in ICF Zurich? You are not 20 any more…
Some people spend all their lives on a boring little island called the “Someday Isle.”
Someday I’ll be happy.
Someday, I’ll hike in Nepal.
Someday I’ll clean the house.
Someday I’ll have a great adventure.
Someday I’ll stop smoking.
Someday I’ll loose weight.
Life is not a dress rehearsal
Life is here and it is now. Reach out and seize it, you deserve it!
Each morning he’d stack up the letters he’d write…tomorrow. And think of the friends he’d fill with delight…tomorrow. It was too bad, indeed; he was busy today and hadn’t a minute to stop on his way. “More time I’ll give to others,” he’d say…tomorrow. But the fact is he died and faded from view and all that he left when the living was through was a mountain of things he intended to do…tomorrow. Unknown
List 5 things you’ve been procrastinating about and plan to take at least a little bit of action on all five this week.
Most people don’t aim too high and miss. They aim too low and hit. Bob Moawad
There isn’t one person in a thousand who can write down his or her most exciting dreams without at the same time telling themselves that “it’s probably impossible.”
The truth is, virtually anything is possible—nothing is too good to be true.
What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? Write down a dream that you would love to pursue if you absolutely knew you could attain it. (It may be more doable than you think.)
Trading a Paper Clip for a House
Thinking big, Kyle MacDonald started small—with a paperclip to be exact. He posted it on Craigslist as a barter and got a fish-shaped pen for it. He then traded the pen for something better. One trade led to another and another, until MacDonald finally found himself the new owner of a three-bedroom house.
Give yourself permission to aim high in work and life.
I never thought I would write a book. My teachers told me as a kid: “ND, you can’t write!”.
Well, here is my first book: Maximize Your Team (Download for free)
Take time to dream and plan
So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon seem inevitable. Christopher Reeve