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Ted Nugent: On integrity, work and using gifts you're given
Waco Tribune Herald ^ | May 18, 2003 | Ted Nugent

Posted on 05/18/2008 7:46:21 AM PDT by McLynnan

By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Gather 'round, boys and girls, and listen closely. What I am about to tell you will help you immensely throughout the rest of your lives if you commit to practicing and living your Uncle Ted's proven modus operandi for quality of life.

You won't get this ironclad and loving advice in a classroom or from a textbook. Sadly, some of you will not have received this advice from even your parents. Here goes:

* Nobody owes you a thing. Nothing. Everything you will get out of life will only be based on what you put into it. Period.

The only free lunches are at the homeless shelter. If you want to dance, you have to pay the band.

If you work real hard at your favorite craft, you ultimately will succeed. A work ethic is the path to a rewarding life.

If you are paid a dollar, give your employer $10 worth of effort in return. Doing so will ensure you will always be gainfully employed.

If you are lazy, expect to be fired over and over again, no matter how smart or gifted you are.

* Find your passion, something you crave. Set a goal and never quit. Always push yourself harder. Walk through or over anyone who dares to tell you that you can't do something.

Avoid negative people. Surround yourself with positive people who will mentor, help and guide you honestly.

* Never miss an opportunity to say thank you to the men and women in our military and law enforcement. They are the defenders of freedom and are putting their lives on the line for you to reach your American Dream.

* Don't wait for someone else to motivate you. The best person for that job is you. Do it often.

* You will be tested constantly. Life is going to knock you down over and over again. The only person who is ever defeated is the person who gets floored with one of life's massive upper cuts and fails to get back up. Be tough and tenacious. It feels good.

* Never do anything just for money. Do what you do exceedingly well and thoroughly enjoy, and money will come looking for you.

* If you want to know how others perceive you, look around at who you associate with.

* In the end, all you have is your character and integrity. Do not ever compromise or sell them.

No one trusts a liar, most of all other liars.

* Do not complain. Any soulless whiner can do that. Instead, look for solutions to tough problems. This will earn you the respect of your boss.

* Do not be afraid to take chances and blaze new trails. Get in the arena where the dust is swirling and blood, sweat and tears pour forth. That is where the action is. Do not miss out.

* Engage life with unbridled passion. March to the beat of making your own statement. Those who follow trends and conform to peer pressure are mindless sheep and never happy.

* Be intelligently defiant. Defiance is the very spirit that gave birth to this country when our forefathers declared independence and fired the "shot heard round the world."

* Remember Rosa Parks. Be prepared to defy stupidity wherever you find it. It is your duty and responsibility as an American to let your voice be heard. Stand up against idiotic, illogical laws and restrictions. Raise hell. Vote smart.

* If you have not made a few well deserving idiots angry by the time you are 25, get busy. We live in a target rich environment of liberal denial. Drive idiots loony. It is much fun, quite easy and is still legal in all 50 states.

* Stand up for what you believe in. Remain polite and courteous, but never back down.

* You have an obligation to leave America in better shape than when you arrived. Work to ensure that future generations have a better shot at the American Dream, more freedom, more liberty and more pursuits of happiness than what you did.

* Trust your gut feelings. They will not steer your wrong. Only trust people who have earned your trust. Never trust the French.

* Take the time each day to show love and affection for your family and loved ones. The smallest gesture goes straight to the heart. A good life is maximized when shared with the ones you love.

* Don't keep discomforting things and thoughts bunched up inside. The only way to resolve conflicts is to tackle them right way without inhibitions. Don't worry about hurting feelings. Everyone benefits from open, honest discussions. There are no stupid questions.

* Aim small, miss small.

Have fun. Life is not a dress rehearsal.

Ted Nugent is a Waco-based musician and television show host. Contact him directly at tednugent.com.


TOPICS: Editorial
KEYWORDS: music; nugent; tednugent; texaswildman

1 posted on 05/18/2008 7:46:22 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Admin Moderator

Would you please change the year in the title to 2008? Fingers not working yet today. Thanks.


2 posted on 05/18/2008 7:49:22 AM PDT by McLynnan
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To: Grizzled Bear; ThreePuttinDude; JRios1968; RockinRight; Uncle Meat

Grizzled Bear — Forward to your Metal Ping List!

Check out this thread:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Rock/Pop Musicians Who Turn 60 This Year!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2017046/posts?q=1&;page=1#1

HAPPY 60TH BIRTHDAY, TED NUGENT!


3 posted on 05/18/2008 7:52:26 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (If Chris Plante Is A "Racist", Then I Must Be A Playboy Centerfold Model!)
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To: McLynnan

Sage advice indeed.


4 posted on 05/18/2008 7:56:41 AM PDT by Kolb
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To: McLynnan

Nugent is saying exactly what our CONSERVATIVE politicians (if there were still such a thing anymore) should be saying - should be shouting from the rooftops! Americans are starving for such truths.

I wish he’d go into politics - I’d vote for him.


5 posted on 05/18/2008 7:57:50 AM PDT by alicewonders (I'm a conservative, and I'm hated by the GOP & the Dems - I must be doing something right!)
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To: McLynnan
I don't know if I really agree with "Uncle Ted" here...

* Never do anything just for money. Do what you do exceedingly well and thoroughly enjoy, and money will come looking for you.

I go to work every day for money. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my work, but I'd give it up in a heart beat if I didn't need the money... As far as doing something that I "thoroughly enjoy" and happen to do "exceedingly well," I haven't figured out a way to "make money come looking for me" if my job was taking naps, watching movies, and being generally lazy. Nothing's really coming to me on that career path.

Of course, that's what I'm hoping for once I retire, in about another 20 years, after having put in about 45 years of 60 - 80 hour weeks.

Mark

6 posted on 05/18/2008 7:58:23 AM PDT by MarkL
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To: McLynnan

I have to say I pretty much agree with all of this. Strongly.


7 posted on 05/18/2008 8:03:17 AM PDT by Huck ("Real" conservatives support OBAMA in 08 (that's how you know Im not a real conservative))
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To: MarkL
*taking naps
You might look into a matress tester, or comfort engineer

* watching movies
Freelance movie critic, just to get your career underway.

LOL

8 posted on 05/18/2008 8:07:06 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude () ......Pelosi + Reed = $ 4.00 per gallon......()
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD
Thanks Silvie, and just to remind you.....

you're still my favorite FR centerfold

9 posted on 05/18/2008 8:09:31 AM PDT by ThreePuttinDude () ......Pelosi + Reed = $ 4.00 per gallon......()
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To: McLynnan

Uncle Ted—please come home, Michigan needs you as governor!


10 posted on 05/18/2008 8:21:03 AM PDT by MaggieCarta
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To: ThreePuttinDude

Heehee......... * Blushing *


11 posted on 05/18/2008 8:24:02 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (If Chris Plante Is A "Racist", Then I Must Be A Playboy Centerfold Model!)
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To: Huck

This is good and timely for me. And for my son who will graduate from high school tomorrow. God gives us talents and desires to use those talents for a reason. We can’t always know or understand those reasons, even though we often think we should or we need to understand. Sometimes people can start thinking that they’re some kind of “Assistant Manager” to God. That only interferes with His ability to use us as “tools”. I hope to learn to be a useful shovel, hammer or saw. “Assistant Managers” always have to worry and fret over what others are going to do and when. A tool just rests in the shed until it’s time to be used and doesn’t have to worry about what the other tools may or may not be doing. The other thing here which is important to note is how many others in this world are more than enthusiastic in their efforts to tell a person how things “can’t be done”. I’ve fallen for that one myself.


12 posted on 05/18/2008 8:38:24 AM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: McLynnan

Not one mention yet of Ted’s draft experience.

Well one. :-)


13 posted on 05/18/2008 8:58:57 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: MarkL
I go to work every day for money. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my work, but I'd give it up in a heart beat if I didn't need the money... As far as doing something that I "thoroughly enjoy" and happen to do "exceedingly well," I haven't figured out a way to "make money come looking for me" if my job was taking naps, watching movies, and being generally lazy. Nothing's really coming to me on that career path.

Are you sure you're not my twin brother? I say the same thing. I'm looking to switch careers, the one I'm in is no longer enjoyable nor is it paying enough to be enjoyable. I can't enjoy my work if I can't get paid enough to enjoy my life OUTSIDE of work. Like you, I have yet to find someone to pay me to watch 80s flicks and sit on my ass...LOL...

14 posted on 05/18/2008 9:00:51 AM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: McLynnan
Never do anything just for money. Do what you do exceedingly well and thoroughly enjoy, and money will come looking for you.

I can get paid for Freeping and listening to 80s music? Who knew?

15 posted on 05/18/2008 9:03:35 AM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: MarkL
“I go to work every day for money. Don't get me wrong, I do enjoy my work, but I'd give it up in a heart beat if I didn't need the money... As far as doing something that I “thoroughly enjoy” and happen to do “exceedingly well,” I haven't figured out a way to “make money come looking for me” if my job was taking naps, watching movies, and being generally lazy. Nothing’s really coming to me on that career path.”

I agree 100% with Ted but he worded it wrong.

Everyone enjoys doing what they do very well ( better than most) and if you are very good at something you tend to be paid well for it.

The bottom line, look for the thing that you can do better than most, you will enjoy doing it, others will notice and pay you well for it.

16 posted on 05/18/2008 9:16:49 AM PDT by Beagle8U (FreeRepublic -- One stop shopping ....... Its the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: MarkL

You know, we all go through the “bread ‘n butter” jobs, the ones that pay the bills. But, real joy is working at something you truly love, even if there might only be a “thanks” at the end of it.

If you have worked 60 to 80 hours a week for 25 years and have nothing to show for it, shame on you. If you have a certain lifestyle that you must maintain, shame on you.

God does provide. I walked away from a job, that I could no longer do, 14 years ago. I felt a ton of weight immediately removed from my shoulders.

I did not know what I was going to do, but God provided, and my life opened up.

Just think about what you really need. Work toward making a change in your life, in your heart. There is pure joy from working at what you love to do, and helping others to do the same.

God bless.


17 posted on 05/18/2008 9:27:06 AM PDT by wizr ("Today we are engaged in a final all out battle between Communism and Christianity." - Joe McCarthy)
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To: Emmett McCarthy

Amen! Have a great day!


18 posted on 05/18/2008 9:39:52 AM PDT by wizr ("Today we are engaged in a final all out battle between Communism and Christianity." - Joe McCarthy)
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To: McLynnan
And if you are a white male in America, stay home, eat pizza, drink beer, because the diversity enforcers in government and business will always find some worthless slug to promote over you!
19 posted on 05/18/2008 9:40:42 AM PDT by Herakles (Diversity is code word for anti-white racism)
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To: McLynnan

AND that’s why I love Ted Nugent! What a guy!


20 posted on 05/18/2008 9:50:17 AM PDT by Cricket24 (ULTRA PATRIOT!!)
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To: SilvieWaldorfMD

Ted Nugent is 60?!?!? My G-d, that means that I am........

Depressed d;^)


21 posted on 05/18/2008 9:52:01 AM PDT by Chuckster (Neca eos omnes. Deus suos agnoset)
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To: Chuckster

Go to the tribute page I posted (in post #3) and guess who else turns 60..... that’ll really make you much more depressed.....


22 posted on 05/18/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT by SilvieWaldorfMD (If Chris Plante Is A "Racist", Then I Must Be A Playboy Centerfold Model!)
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To: MarkL

Well, Mark, you know how it is . . money talks . . it usually says “goodbye” more often than it says “hello”. - I know what you mean . . I really love Twinkies . . if I could figure out how to sit around all day eating Twinkies and get paid big money for it . . that would be nice.


23 posted on 05/18/2008 9:55:48 AM PDT by Twinkie (TWO WRONGS DON'T MAKE A RIGHT !!!)
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To: McLynnan

great advice. Ted don’t forget about God though. As much as we humans intend anything and work for it, He has his own plans for us and makes it known, disregarding or overriding our own designs. Usually though His intervention is much more fruitful and enriching then even our own best fantasies. Summary . . . good advice, but we are not God just human. Plan for that too.


24 posted on 05/18/2008 9:56:54 AM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: McLynnan
If you are paid a dollar, give your employer $10 worth of effort in return.

I love Ted and all... but he lacks a basic understanding of free market economics. All transactions are EQUAL exchanges of goods and services for compensation. Why should the employee come out on the short end of a screwjob just because they are providing the service.

25 posted on 05/18/2008 9:58:37 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: southern rock

“If you are paid a dollar, give your employer $10 worth of effort in return.

I love Ted and all... but he lacks a basic understanding of free market economics. All transactions are EQUAL exchanges of goods and services for compensation. Why should the employee come out on the short end of a screwjob just because they are providing the service. “

I think you miss the point he’s trying to make: don’t do the least amount you can do to get by.


26 posted on 05/18/2008 10:12:28 AM PDT by Military family member (GO Colts!!)
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To: wizr

I don’t ask for much - just a decent house in a decent neighborhood, an occasional vacation, and a useable car.

Even just that costs more than a lot of jobs pay. So don’t give me that “shame on you” bull.


27 posted on 05/18/2008 10:30:13 AM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: wizr
I did not know what I was going to do, but God provided, and my life opened up.

I'm glad you are secure in your faith, but somehow I don't think that telling a collection agency, or a mortgage company, that "God will provide" is going to help.

28 posted on 05/18/2008 10:31:34 AM PDT by RockinRight (Supreme Court Justice Fred Thompson. The next best place for Fred.)
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To: vietvet67
Not one mention yet of Ted’s draft experience.

That's not nice, I'm sure Ted does just fine usingAutoCAD. :)

29 posted on 05/18/2008 10:35:24 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (DU: Standing athwart history yelling "$#@$# you mother$#@$#er!")
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To: MarkL

I can say with all honesty that if my employer weren’t paying me to do what I do, it would be my hobby at home. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d stiil go to work every day. He’s right, it feels good.


30 posted on 05/18/2008 10:53:03 AM PDT by FunkyZero
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To: McLynnan
* Nobody owes you a thing. Nothing. Everything you will get out of life will only be based on what you put into it. Period.

Can I assume he's including marital fidelity in his use of the catchall "everything"?

31 posted on 05/18/2008 11:42:08 AM PDT by grellis (By order of the Ingham County Sheriff this tag has been seized for nonpayment of taxes)
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To: Beagle8U
The bottom line, look for the thing that you can do better than most, you will enjoy doing it, others will notice and pay you well for it.

That's my problem... I take naps, watch movies, and am generally lazy better than anyone I've ever met. In fact, I believe that I've elevated those passtimes to a new artform. The problem is that no matter how much I search, I just can't find anyone willing to pay me to do them!

So, I guess I'll just have to be a network administrator for the next 20 or 25 years, then do those things on my own time. :-(

Mark

32 posted on 05/18/2008 12:18:41 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: FunkyZero
I can say with all honesty that if my employer weren’t paying me to do what I do, it would be my hobby at home. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d stiil go to work every day. He’s right, it feels good.

Actually, it IS my hobby at home as well. My post was really sort of "tongue in cheek," but I have put off doing a lot of things in my life because I realized that to become really good at my job (which I do love) takes constant work and education. Those things that I've put off I'll eventually get to once I've retired. Things like travel, learning to really play musical instruments and write music, and maybe even getting some pets (once I'm done traveling).

Mark

33 posted on 05/18/2008 12:22:48 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: wizr
You know, we all go through the “bread ‘n butter” jobs, the ones that pay the bills. But, real joy is working at something you truly love, even if there might only be a “thanks” at the end of it.

If you have worked 60 to 80 hours a week for 25 years and have nothing to show for it, shame on you. If you have a certain lifestyle that you must maintain, shame on you.

I'm sorry that you missed that my post was really sort of "tongue in cheek" and a bit satirical. Actually, I do love my job. I certainly couldn't do anything for 60 to 80 hours a week for some twenty five years that I didn't enjoy. Actually, I rather love my job, for the most part. My job right now is as a network administrator, part of a 3 man team that manages some 200 or so servers and 600 remote locations. In fact, I'm taking a short break right now from upgrading the anti-virus software on 60 terminal services servers right now. And as I replied to another post, I enjoy my job enough so that it's also my hobby as well. I've been working with computers for some 25 years (professionally) in nearly every aspect, from programmer, to break/fix tech, to systems engineer, to educator - I was a math/cs tutor and TA in college, and spent 4 1/2 years as a Novell instructor (a Master CNE / Master CNI), to my current job as a network administrator. The only thing I've learned over the last 25 years that I can't do is NOT work. About 10 years ago I needed to have emergency back surgery, and wouldn't be able to work or even sit for 4 to 6 weeks. After 3 days I was starting to go nuts, and after 2 weeks I walked to a client site and begged them to give me something to do (at no charge) as long as there was no lifting or sitting. I was back at work in 3 1/2 weeks.

But I also realize that I've put off a lot of things in my life in order to become good at what I do. And those are the things I'm looking forward to once I retire, probably in about another 20 years or so.

Mark

34 posted on 05/18/2008 12:33:47 PM PDT by MarkL
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To: MarkL

I’m glad you were joking. It looks like you are doing the job you were meant to do.

It seems we may have found others who cannot let go.

It takes real faith and trust, and at times to reach the very bottom, to look up and reach out for a new start.

I felt I had to hold on to what I had, until I could hold on no more. I live with less now, but enjoy living so much more.


35 posted on 05/18/2008 2:36:28 PM PDT by wizr ("Today we are engaged in a final all out battle between Communism and Christianity." - Joe McCarthy)
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To: McLynnan

bump for Uncle Ted 8-) He rocks.


36 posted on 05/18/2008 2:38:57 PM PDT by Captain Beyond (The Hammer of the gods! (Just a cool line from a Led Zep song))
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To: McLynnan

“Wildman of Wisdom”

Ted doesn’t need to rock anymore...He is solid as a rock!


37 posted on 05/18/2008 6:58:11 PM PDT by stevie_d_64 (Houston Area Texans (I've always been hated))
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To: RockinRight
I don’t ask for much - just a decent house in a decent neighborhood, an occasional vacation, and a useable car.
Even just that costs more than a lot of jobs pay. So don’t give me that “shame on you” bull.

You can thank feminism for the end of the "family wage". Before the advent of the 2 income household, almost ALL jobs paid enough for 1 man (college educated or not) to support a family of four in the manner you describe. Once the traditional housewife was fully mocked and discredited, and women were pressured to enter the workforce, wages began to universally be cut in half.

Eventually we ended up at the point we are now, where both parents pretty much have to work outside the home just to live in any normal manner, and the kids are forced into daycare - which was the radical feminists plan all alone. The goal of the left is ALWAYS to remove children from parents. Everything is designed around that goal.

38 posted on 05/19/2008 4:14:27 AM PDT by southern rock
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To: southern rock
Once the traditional housewife was fully mocked and discredited, and women were pressured to enter the workforce, wages began to universally be cut in half.

We got used to seeing women in the workplace doing jobs traditionally only done by men during WWII. After the war, federal taxes began taking a bigger and bigger share of household income to finance the constant expansion of the federal government started by the New Deal.

39 posted on 05/19/2008 4:27:06 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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