This is a pretty amazing story. Consider it my “Good News” offering for the day.
I am a great proponent of the idea of YouTube and all of the things you can learn there about just about anything. I learned how to replace the igniter in my oven from YouTube; in fact, I learned what an igniter was and that mine was broken from YouTube.
A guy named Rob Kenney started a YouTube channel on April 1 this year.
Rob had a very fractured childhood in which neither of his parents provided a stable home, and he was pretty much raised by his older brother. He says that his main goal in life was to raise stable and successful adults, and he did have two children that are now just that.
Once he had accomplished his main goal in life – raising successful adults – he realized that he had a lot of learning and wisdom that he could pass on to those who needed it, and thought that he could make some videos that would pass on some simple knowledge of skills that you don’t learn in school, like how to unclog a sink. He thought about doing those videos, but didn’t actually get started until April, when he was suddenly at home like the rest of us and had some time on his hands.
Rob said that he wanted to leave a legacy, particularly for those who struggle with a broken family or absent parent. “I want it to be about everyday tasks, but I also would like to pass along some of the wisdom I’ve learned along the way to encourage people,” Rob said. “… I thought I was just going to be showing people how to do stuff, but it’s kind of resonating on a whole different level.”
Boy, was he right about people needing what he had to offer. His channel has been in existence less than two months, and he has more than two million subscribers, and his videos have been viewed more than six million times!
His videos aren’t fancy. He tells you how to do stuff, and encourages you to do it. What is most amazing are the comments from viewers. Here are just two, and there are so many others:
I actually got choked up when he said “I’m proud of you” because I’ve never heard those words from my own father. Keep up the amazing content man, youre really helping me and a lot of others out there.
This man is the person a lot of people needed, but we’re to embarrassed or afraid to ask for it. Thank you.
Here’s his YouTube channel, if you’re interested:
Finally, here is what Bill Whittle and friends had to say about this. They say it so much better than I could!