When we were in the 4th grade we went on a class field trip to Ted Nugent’s bow hunting world. He’s not the most animal friendly guy in the world. But the rock legend (Cat Scratch Fever, Stranglehold) has been giving words of wisdom to kids for ages (and we do mean ages: he’s almost 60). We grew up around zebra-printed bumper stickers advising “Hey Kids, Don’t be road kill! Buckle up!” And the message has stuck with us to this day.
Ted published an Op-Ed piece in his hometown paper the Detroit News advising this years generation of graduates “raise hell, vote smart.”
The juiciest bits are below:
"Find your passion in life, your calling, something you crave, that special thing that makes you giddy. Set a goal and never, ever quit.
Do not complain. Any spineless whiner can do that. Instead, look for solutions to tough problems. This will earn you respect from your boss and get you promoted.
Never do anything for money. Do what you do exceedingly well and thoroughly enjoy, and money will come looking for you.
Be frugal. Live responsibly within your means. Bling-bling is not making ends meet.
Never be afraid to let yourself go and exhibit unbridled raw emotion and enthusiasm. Emotions need exercise. March to the beat of making your own loud and obnoxious guitar breeding noises no matter how many times they tell you to turn down and stop the feedback. Following trends and peer pressure is for mindless sheep that are never happy.
Surround yourself with positive people who are better than yourself and will mentor, help and guide you honestly.
Take care of your precious, sacred temple. Eat smart and stay clean.
Remember Rosa Parks. Be prepared to defy stupid laws and regulations wherever you find them. Raise hell. Vote smart.
Have fun. Life is not a dress rehearsal. Live smart, live good. Rock hard."