By Aimee Jewel–
Until I saw the Kid President YouTube videos, I never realized the incredible impact a nine-year-old could have on my overall outlook on life. Hailing from Henderson, Tenn. and officially known as Robby Novak, Kid President is not only a phenomenal motivational speaker, he adds a hysterical commentary on the subject of life and how it’s meant to be lived as well. Calling grown-ups boring, Kid President has taken it upon himself to show the world that life is one big party and that you can make a change in the world if you believe in yourself.
Most recently, KP, as his dedicated fan base calls him, released a motivational video in which he gives the world a pep talk. He references Robert Frost’s poem, “Two Roads,” and Michael Jordan asking, “What will be your Space Jam?” Kid President has reached roughly 7 million views since Jan. 24. Novak originally began making videos for his family and friends. Rainn Wilson from “The Office” and SoulPancake contacted him about spreading his happiness and contagious, upbeat outlook through the world. With 16 viral YouTube videos, KP has become a national sensation, appearing on the TODAY Show, CNN and Ellen.
“It’s like that guy in Journey said. ‘Don’t stop believing’…unless your dream is stupid. Then you should get a better dream. I think that’s how it goes,” he said.
Kid President is determined to make a difference in the world, one adult at a time. He encourages others to dance, stop arguing, change the future, and even made a guide on “how to be a party.”
But what a lot of people don’t know is that KP has had a tough life, extremely different than other nine-year-olds. Suffering from Brittle Bone Syndrome, formally known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Novak has broken nearly 70 bones in his short, nine-year lifespan. It is because of this that Novak’s message caught on, said Brad Montague, KP’s co-producer. If a little boy who can barely run or play outside has such an infectious, optimistic spirit, why can’t we? A child who suffers from such a life-changing disease is telling us that we need to stop stressing about life and just dance. And that’s why we need to listen.
There’s a lot of bad stuff in the world, and it’s easy to focus on the negative. But maybe if we take five minutes to listen to KP and spread his message, just maybe, we’d all be a little happier. “I don’t know everything,” Kid President admits, “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.”