The video phenomena of Kid President has swept the world in the past few years – but it didn’t start as a plan to create a viral video series. It started with a simple idea. Let’s make something that brings encouragement and hope to the world. The guy who had that idea is the guest on this episode of Converge, Brad Montague. The idea for Kid President was born in the midst of the harsh climate of an election year and the right set of people came together to make it happen. With just a few ideas to start Brad and a small group of friends started putting the videos on Youtube – and the rest is history. You can hear Brad’s story of surprise success and adding value to the world, on this episode.
Brad still gets discouraged and wants to quit the Kid President stuff…
But he can’t do it. Brad Montague has learned – or perhaps continues to learn – that everyone has a gift and their job is to bring that gift into the world. The Kid President videos are one example of the kind of thing Brad brings into the world. Encouraging, challenging, inspirational messages that bring a dose of much needed perspective into otherwise difficult times. He’s received so many emails and comments about the positive impact his videos have had – there’s no way he can listen to the voice that tells him to quit. Hear his entire story on this episode.
The place where Kid President led to a new event called Socktober
As the Kid President brand began to pick up steam, Brad Montague realized that he had the clout to take on some more overtly helpful projects. That’s when he found ways to partner with local homeless shelters that were woefully unprepared for the upcoming winter months by leading a drive to gather all the socks they could for the homeless clients who would come into the shelters in need. The call went out and people responded – and continue to respond. Socktober is now an annual event that touches communities all over the U.S.
Temptations come to veer away from your values – but you can’t do it.
There were a few pivotal moments in Brad Montague’s journey where high pressure pitch men came at him, trying to leverage the Kid President videos to greater monetary and social success. But Brad never felt right about taking them up on their offer. That is until Rayne Wilson’s organization Soul Pancake sent him an email. The purpose of SP and Brad seemed very much in alignment and he began exploring a partnership – one that’s served very well for both of them since that day. Brad is glad he stuck to his values and didn’t allow himself to be drawn away by the allure of fame or money. You can hear the story on this episode of Converge.
You have a gift and the world needs to see it.
Brad Montague believes that every person has a gift. It may not be something you necessarily see as a gift right now, but it’s there all the same. You’ve got become comfortable with who you are and the gifts you bring to the world so that you can extend them to those around you in the appropriate contexts. That’s how you will add value to the world in a way that only you can do it, and how the world will benefit from the great things you have to say, do, or create. Don’t give up. Don’t stop. Only you can bring the things you have to offer.
Outline of this great episode
- [0:46] Dane’s introduction of today’s guest, Brad Montague.
- [5:20] The incredible run Kid President has had.
- [6:40] The Socktober event.
- [9:45] The temptation to compromise on the values of his campaigns.
- [13:54] The lessons learned from collaborating with Rayne Wilson.
- [17:15] The refreshing experience of open conversations that maintain love.
- [20:30] The hunger people have to listen and Brad’s upcoming Skype tours.
- [24:03] Brad’s encouragement for creatives who are in the trenches right now.
Resources & Links mentioned in this episode
- Webiste: www.KidPresident.com
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/thebradmontague
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bradmontague
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/soulpancake
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