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We all know that Rush Limbaugh is writing books for children about the founding of the nation. I think that’s great. The more kids who are set straight about history, the better. Writing for kids is fun–especially about history. I’ve done it, so I know.
When it comes to reaching Millennials, though, I think Rush is missing the best story he has to tell: His own.
I thought about this while I was reading Charles Murray’s book, A Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead. Don’t get me wrong: Rush isn’t a curmudgeon. But Murray’s advice to Millennials hearkens to what I’ve heard countless times from Rush about his own life: Work hard, figure out what you enjoy most, and learn how to make money doing it. Most of all—don’t sit around waiting for someone else to make it happen. Learn from your failures, don’t give up, and you can make the American Dream your own.
Rush has a personal story that will speak to Millennials. I know he mentions it every once in awhile on his radio show, but putting it in writing would give it a whole new life and an entirely different audience. If he were to write a moving autobiography about his experiences growing up in a notable family, being expected to go to college and following in his family’s footsteps, and then becoming a college dropout who had to find his own path though one failed job after another … well, that’s a story that would make heads turn. That’s a story that could inspire real change.
He has to write it himself though. I know there are Rush biographies out there, but this one has to be from his own pen, straight from his heart. He knows better than anyone else his own fears, his own pain, and his own joy. His story is a powerful message to young people about working toward a dream despite parental disappointment, economic setbacks, and personal failures. It’s a story for our time, and it needs to be told—cohesively, from cover to cover.
I remember Rush talking one time about being at home for a brief time before his parents told him to pack up and get a job. It was hard, but he had to do it. Rush could tell Pajama Boy a thing or two from personal experience—what it’s like to see life rise from the ashes of disappointment and unmet expectations. Empathy goes a long way.
Just picture it. A Rush autobiography that speaks to the current generation of young people in a real and moving way; that inspires them to follow in his footsteps. A movie could be made to spread the message to an even wider audience. Maybe Ashton Kutcher could play a young Rush? Okay, maybe not, but you get the idea. A real bridge could be built—if it’s done well—to a lost generation searching for guidance, for purpose, and for inspiration.
Stories about our own lives resonate like nothing else. We can retell stories from the past or portray characters from history in the most lively ways, but when it comes to real social change it’s our own stories that make a difference. Rush has a story to tell. I’m asking him to tell it. Not just in snippets on his radio show, but on paper, and then in film (maybe). If anyone can do it, he can.
What are some stories you can share about making it through hard times in the workforce (or in your personal life)? What is your story that will inspire this fearful, yet optimistic, generation?