Shift Your Life

Shift the Narrative

A Blind Man’s Vision for Rewriting the Stories that Limit Us

By Russell Redenbaugh

With a foreword by New York Times Bestselling Author George Gilder

Read Russell’s motivational memoir about a blind man’s vision of how he changed his narrative from the impossible to the economically probable and, in the process, moved from welfare to wealth.

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Read Russell’s motivational memoir about a blind man’s vision of how he changed his narrative from the impossible to the economically probable and, in the process, moved from welfare to wealth.


Blind from the age of 16, Russell Redenbaugh’s achievement as a successful investor and economist, a Commissioner on the US Civil Rights Commission serving under three US Presidents and a black belt, three time gold medal jiu-jitsu world champion fighting sighted opponents, prove that if he can, you can. Russell believes we all live in narratives that both produce and limit our opportunities. We live as though these narratives are fixed, rigid, unchangeable things. Instead, Russell proves that these are merely stories from which we design our lives, and YOUR NARRATIVE CAN BE CHANGED

nar·ra·tive: a spoken or written account of connected events; a story.

We all live in narratives. We have ideas about who we are, what happens to us, and why our situation is as it is. We form stories about the careers we choose, the friends we have and the places we go.

These generated stories both expand and limit our opportunities. Most of us believe our circumstances produce our narratives. But, what if our narratives produce our circumstances? For example, what if a narrative that “At my age my high income years are behind me?” actually produces that reality. If we act from our flawed narratives we easily make them true.

While most “experts” promise to show you how to be better, achieve more or aim higher, Russell Redenbaugh believes that we already possess the capability to have more of what we care about. What blinds us are our narratives.

Russell believes that these narratives are not fixed, rigid and unchangeable. They can be changed. While Russell was physically blinded at age 16 by a rocket explosion, it was his narrative about being blind that would either limit or open his possibilities. He shifted his narrative away from being a victim and declared he would not accept that being blind meant he would be poor, dependent and homebound. He declared that he would not succumb to the narrative of what it is to be blind. He would live in the sighted world, doing things sighted people do.

Changing a story changes the storyteller. A different narrative produces a different you. It is not easy. It is not instantaneous. But, it can be done. There are tools you can use now to start having more of what you care about. You can’t win a gold medal in jiujitsu tomorrow, but you can begin shifting your narrative to make that a possibility today.

  • “Here’s a book that will jolt you out of complacency and caution and give you an exciting new sense of possibilities for your life. Like Franklin Roosevelt when felled with polio, Russell Redenbaugh didn’t let the loss of sight from a teenage accident stop him from taking risks and leading a full, inspiring life. The perfect read at a time when the culture is dominated by pessimism and despair.”

    Steve Forbes

    Editor-in-Chief of Forbes

  • “Shift the Narrative is sheer inspiration at every turn. Russell Redenbaugh’s story of overcoming physical and emotional challenges, as well as battling societal stereotypes is heartwarming. Readers will get many takeaways for both life and business success from this book. I highly recommend it!”

    Art Laffer

    Father of supply side economics

  • “We all have stories that run our lives. We’re not good enough, we’re not lovable, we lack resources, education, connections, or simply, we can’t fulfill the dreams we once had. Most of this thinking is fueled by fear, and  it’s  these stories we tell ourselves that diminishes greatness in all of us. Russell Redenbaugh’s life has shown that there are no excuses. His extraordinary journey to overcome the physical challenges, and defeat the negative mindset that can stop you before you even begin, is an extraordinary example of what the human spirit is capable of. It is an inspiration to anyone who wants to Shift The Narrative that will transform you life.”

    Jacqueline Wales

    author of The Fearless Factor, and When The Crow Sings, a novel