What many of us seasoned – and therefore often skeptical – adults seem to have forgotten, 10-year-old Robby Novak is here to remind us. Better known as Kid President, Robby is echoing what life is truly about.
And he is being heard, as the voice of a generation has gone viral.
Through YouTube videos, Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools, the American comedian, motivational speaker, TED speaker and self-proclaimed reporter has inspired many in his young life.
As a YouTube sensation, Robby has interviewed big names, including Andrew WK, Pen Ward, Rainn Wilson and Josh Groban among others. In addition, weekly YouTube video collaborations with Soul Pancake continue to spread Robby’s enthusiasm for life.
An ambitious Twitter campaign led to a series of inspirational YouTube videos, “Make the World Less Boring”, with one hit in particular, “A Pep Talk”, claiming over 8 million views.
While quoting The Road Not Taken and chuckling word plays about the game of Life, Robby is sending a much deeper message. “A Pep Talk” is dedicated to Gabbi Cook, a 2-year-old who recently received a liver transplant.
What many fans don’t know, is that Robby was born with a condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (also known as Brittle Bone syndrome). Robby’s father, David, is a member of the Freed-Hardeman University (FHU) staff. The family roots don’t end there, as Kristi Montague, creative director of the FHU Office of Marketing and University Relations, and Brad Montague, director of FHU’s efforts in social media, are also relatives highly involved in Robby’s mission to make life less boring.
The concept of Kid President originated as a modest creation of FHU’s Office of Marketing and University Relations. The university hoped to promote FHU’s annual benefit dinner with Condoleezza Rice. However, Robby has taken his role further than the university’s campus.
An online interview with Brad details:
“We’re overwhelmed and honored that so many have connected with Kid President. We hope it encourages others to take positive action in their lives. It is about empowering kids, helping them to have a voice. That’s what we hope these videos do too.”
I agree with Robby, I think we all need a pep talk — and the world does need you to stop being boring. Remember, “you’re gooder than that,” and that is why I am going to dedicate a series of articles to help promote Kid President.
“I don’t know everything; I’m just a kid. But I do know this: It’s everybody’s duty to give the world a reason to dance. So get to it.” –Kid President, “A Pep Talk.”
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