Hi guys, thanks so much for visiting my page. I’m a sales rep that lives in a small town 30 miles north of Boston called Boxford. I’m a husband, father, son, and lover of life. I was born and grew up in Taipei, Taiwan to a German father and Taiwanese mom. I have 3 siblings and a family who lives around the world.
Growing up in the Ruecker family, we traveled, and traveled a lot, to visit friends and family, who were spread out throughout the world. My dad was a foreigner in Taiwan and left most of the people he knew behind when he moved to Taiwan for work. It was important for him to stay in touch with the important people in his life. Every weekend, my dad would go through his rolodex and make international long distance calls to all his friends and family. We would travel twice a year internationally and circle the globe. We’d start from Taiwan and fly to Hawaii. Enjoy 4-5 glorious days on Waikiki beach, pack our bags for our next destination and go. We’d usually end up visiting my brother and sister in Chicago and then visit my Uncle Peter who lived in Jersey. For the last round of the trip we’d cross the Atlantic and land in Nuernberg, Germany for a week to visit my Grandmother, while she was alive.
Now that I’m a dad, I cannot believe my parents were crazy enough to take my sister and I on these trips when we were kids. They must have been exhausted after getting back home.
I don’t take my family on trips like this yet but feel it’s important to experience travel as a kid. I can’t wait to see the look on my son’s face when he bites into his first authentic Nuernberger Bratwurst in Nuernberg.
Traveling this much and far away from home as a kid, taught us how to adapt quickly in new environments. Those experiences were invaluable and I still pull from those lessons today. It also taught us perspectives from three different continents. Looking at things from all angles will be a common theme in this blog.
I speak three languages; learned by speaking German with my dad, Mandarin with my mom, and English when we were all together. Unfortunately, I never did get very far with my written proficiency in Mandarin and my spoken skills are pretty much conversational.
Luckily, my dad forced the issue on the German side and I took lessons from Primary until the end of High School. Plus, I’m a German citizen and what kind of German would I be if I couldn’t read, write, or speak it?
Once I turned 18 and graduated high school, I made the decision to move to Boston, where my dad was living at the time, and do the “right” thing and go to college.
They prepped us in high school on the topic of culture shock , but I don’t think the gravity of the adjustment ever really sank in until a decade later.
At first, I was pretty pumped about being in college, visions of every college movie were what I imagined it would be like. Keg parties, girls, and the time of your life.
The best feeling I got when I first arrived was the idea that I could learn and become whatever I wanted. Unfortunately, the reality was that we got a course program tailored to whatever major you selected and you were off to the races.
There were never any programs or evaluations to determine what my strengths and interests were to guide me toward the right major or career based on my natural talents. I ended up selecting international business as a major because that’s what made the most sense to me based on my background.
The courses I took gave me a baseline knowledge of how business works but it never inspired any passion beyond that.
To me, this is a common theme among my friends, family, and co-workers that I have interacted with over the years about this topic. In fact, my own wife, has a fashion merchandising degree but never had a job in that field! Imagine racking up all that student debt to never use your degree. Were those four years a waste of time?
My goal with this blog is to provide insights and tools that our educational system fail to teach us and show you how to navigate this modern world and be your best self.