Worth Stealing | April 21, 2014
Today’s Worth Stealing idea comes from one of my favorite things on the internet, Kid President.
If you aren’t familiar with Kid President stop reading this and go watch this video right now. I love the Kid President videos and everything they are about. Joy, motivation, play, sincerity, and collaboration. There are Kid President videos I watch over and over again and each time they make me feel. They make me feel happy, inspired, but the main thing is just that they make me feel.
The more I’ve watched and re-watched the Kid President videos and as I’ve read about the way the project came about I’ve realized the other part of Kid President I find so compelling and inspiring is that it could have and it’s nothing short of amazing that it didn’t fail. An artist and teacher got together with his wife’s 10 year old little brother to make some videos that would be creative, compassionate, and fun. Sure the videos had a lot of heart, a charming host in Robby, and a bunch of other intangibles, but the internet is a very noisy place and plenty of good things go by unnoticed.
They made the videos despite the likelihood of almost no one watching them. And then they worked really hard to share these amazing and inspiring videos with people they knew and people they knew could share them on a much larger scale. These two people kept working hard and making good stuff so that once they’d created an audience and a demand for their stuff they had momentum and more good things to share.
There are countless good ideas in the world. There is a much smaller number of ideas that are actually made into a thing and an order of magnitude smaller number of good things that their makers keep making beyond that initial attempt at making their good idea into something. Kid President inspires me to make something that might fail and keep working at that thing as long as I have a drive, passion or interest in it.