My Dad

Sometimes we look to the celebrities for examples of leadership, and forget the quiet leaders we have in our lives. We focus on the CEO but forget that successful CEOs actually have dozens (or hundreds) of leaders around them that lead outside of the spotlight. Those leaders are the ones that truly fascinate me. My dad is one of those leaders. I have had the privilege of studying some amazing world-class leaders in my short career, but the greatest leader I know is my Dad.

I have an amazing dad, who really couldn’t have done anything better in raising us. He has dealt with the ups and downs of life, difficult family circumstances beyond his culture, and led our family. He taught me diplomacy and the art of being world-class at your career while not sacrificing time with your family. He taught me to be passionate about what I do. He taught me that no matter how difficult things get with churches and other Christians, Christ always prevails.

One way to measure fatherhood is on who and what the kids turn out like. I think the Vanderpyl clan has turned out pretty well (in my biased opinion). Friends have come and gone in my life, but my Dad has always been that confidant that truly cares about me.
Few people know what it is like to raise a disabled child (lots of people have opinions on how to raise one), but he has graciously and caringly giving up many things in his life to raise one. It is a difficult card to be dealt, but he has embraced that challenge without a single complaint.

To my Dad: You are an amazing inspiration, and thank you for the leadership you have provided in our family. I hope that as I embark on the journey of being a dad in the near future, I end up leading and living my life like you.

You rock dad and Happy Father’s Day!

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