Keep Making Anyway

Brad Montague, the creator of Kid President, is back with another excellent video. In his popular pep talk video Brad asked the following question:

What will be your Space Jam? What will you create to make the world more awesome?

In this new video Brad explains how he feared that he created his Space Jam and then fizzled out. He felt he had peaked and would never do anything as meaningful.

However, he has learned a very important message I think we can all benefit from.

Your Space Jam is not something you make. Your Space Jam is your life.”

We all will be discouraged at one time or another, but when this happens, Brad offers some good advice.

Keep making anyway…Your best work will happen with the people right next to you.”

I hope you enjoy the video.

The Kids Need To Know

In the above video, Kid President has asked for help in making a list of things that kids need to know. He is asking kids, parents, schools & people with blogs (or blawggs as he says it) to make their own list of things kids should learn.

Since I have a blawgg I thought I could make my own list to help out KP.

There are many things that kids need to know. Here are a few that I came up with. If you have any to add, I would love to see them in the comments section below. Thanks!

 – Be thankful for what you have, unless it is bad breath, then you should be thankful for breath mints.

 – No matter how successful you have been in the past, not everything you do in the future will be perfect (just ask Star Wars Episodes 1-3).

 – It is nice to open a door for someone, even if it is an automatic door.

 – Sometimes you just have to let the cookie crumble.

 – If you can remember the first name of your bologna, you can remember the first name of your neighbor.

 – One man’s trash is another man’s sweater – so give away things you don’t use to someone who will use it.

 – Words can be tricky – like how fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing.

 – Wear sunscreen – even if you like lobster, you don’t want to look like one.

 – Hug is a small word that doesn’t make a sound, but it makes a big impact.

 – Sometimes you aren’t an All-American, but you are all American (unless you are from another country).

 – Hors d’oeuvres are not as scary as they are spelled.

 – No matter how much you smile, you can always smile more.

 – A dog is a man’s best friend, but he can’t drive you to the doctor, so it helps to have human friends too.

 – Texting can save you time, but don’t spend all your free time texting.

The Kids Need To Know

Laughter (and milk coming out of your nose)

Woody Allen once said, “I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.”

For today’s Thankful Thursday, I am agreeing with Mr. Allen, and I am thankful for laughter.

I am not breaking any news when I say that laughter is awesome.

Charles Dickens put it best when he said, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

Here is a great video from Kid President.  In the video he talks about how laughter can fix global sadness.  Watch the video and try not to laugh at seeing him laugh.  It’s impossible.

It has been said that laughter is the best medicine.

According to a story from WebMd, there might be some physiological truth to that. “We change physiologically when we laugh,” said R. Morgan Griffin. “We stretch muscles throughout our face and body, our pulse and blood pressure go up, and we breathe faster, sending more oxygen to our tissues.”

So not only is laughing fun, but it is good for you.

How many other things can you say that about?

We can’t say that about vegetables (good for you, but not fun) or the KFC Double Down (fun but not good for you).

So today, do your body and mind a favor and spend a little time laughing (just try not to have milk come out your nose).

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Top 10 Lines from Kid President’s Teacher Pep Talk

As I have discussed in a previous post, I love the work that Kid President and his team are doing. The videos that they create are not only hilarious, but they are inspiring. I look forward to every Thursday when they come out with a new one.

Kid President has outdone himself with his latest video. He has created another pep talk, this time directing it to teachers and students. I was so impressed with this video that it motivated me to share it with you. The video is below, but first I would like to highlight what I think are the top 10 lines from his message.

10) “The worlds greatest thinkers…put their pants on one leg at a time, just like me.”

If you are like me, you often think that you can never keep up with the greatest or most successful people in the world. They must know something that I don’t, right? Wrong. As Kid President notes, they put their pants on just like we do. What makes them special is that once their pants are on, they make a difference. And there is nothing stopping us from doing the same.

9) “Don’t be a bully. Even to the bullies.”

This one is simple yet important. Be nice to everyone. Even those bullies who don’t treat us with respect, still deserve kindness from us.

8) “Life is school and you gotta show up.”

If you don’t show up to school, you won’t get good grades. If you don’t show up to life, the consequences will be even worse. Even if you don’t know what to do in life, show up and you will be surprised with the difference you can make.

7) “You here. You take up space. You matter.”

Much like #8, this reminds us that just by being here we matter. We all take up space. Imagine how great things would be if we used that space to make the world more awesome.

6) “Read a book, any book.”

Take a break from watching Honey Boo Boo or Breaking Bad and open a book. You will let you imagination grow with each turn of the page.

5) “Time to be more awesome.”

Kid President is a young kid, but he knows that it is his time to be more awesome. He didn’t wait until he was an adult to try and get people to listen to him. Now is the perfect time for us all to be more awesome.

4) “We can’t just study history, we’ve got to make history.”

I love this line because he follows it up with reassuring us that “history is made by ordinary people.” We should take the things we’ve learned to make our own history. Even Martin Luther King Jr. and Albert Einstein started out as ordinary people.

3) “Look for the awesome.”

There is awesome in every situation. We just have to look for it.

2) “If you want to change the world, you gotta know about it.”

Take time to study the world around you. Ask questions and seek answers to those questions. Grow your mind and you will grow your influence.

1) “Together, we’re louder.”

Kid President has a great message that is made even more powerful when people across the world share it with one another. No matter what the subject is, together we can make more of a difference than any of us can individually. As Kid President mentions, share this video with a teacher you love. “It’s time to get our learn on.”

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Kid President

Napoleon Bonaparte said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

For years, when someone said the word leader, they were probably referring to an old white guy. But hope can come in all shapes and sizes.

One of my favorite leaders, Kid President, deals hope via YouTube.

Kid President is just 10 years old, but he has already inspired millions of people across the world through his weekly videos. He loves to dance and is on a mission to make the world less boring.

The wisdom and positivity that comes from such a young person is amazing. When I was 10, I was too shy to dance, and too busy playing Game Boy to worry about making the world a better place.

Even though I am nearly three times his age, I look up to Kid President.

Using Kid President as motivation, I hope that my blog helps make the world more awesome.

Below is a video that KP made in which he gives the world a much needed pep talk. I’ve watched it dozens of times and every time I see it I get motivated to do more with my life.

Thanks Kid President! Today, and everyday, I am very thankful for you.