After seeing the name Rob Hill Sr. at the bottom of a quote worthy note in my Instagram timeline, that literally had me thinking Rob knew about all my past relationships, I knew I had to find out who he was. No different from you and me, Rob Hill is a 25- year-old renaissance, father, writer, poet and motivational speaker, who is simply trying to leave his stamp here on earth by inspiring people to be their best. Having being dealt his own set of hardships, kicked out of his mother’s house after high school graduation, homelessness, making bad decisions in the past, and becoming a young father, Rob continues to use his experiences as catalysts to provoke change.
Peep the interview.
JC: How did things change after you had to leave your mom’s house?
RH: I graduated high school, June 17, 2005, and I was kicked out June 20. For about two years, I was basically homeless. I would stay in my friend’s dorm, different girls, that type of stuff. It wasn’t until I found out, I would be a father, and I decided to join the navy. So from 2005 to 2007, I was out in the streets. [I] was bouncing around, doing a little bit of whatever. I spent about eight days in Virginia Beach city jail. One of my worst fears was not being a good dad, or not being able to hold it down, like my biological father. Then I joined the navy, and things started to change. I started writing more consistently on a daily basis. I started this journey that I am on now- it really started in 2008.
JC: So, 2008 is when you became the heart healer?
RH: (Laughs) Nah. I became an official writer. I wrote before, but 2008 was really when I dedicated everything to it. When I was in the navy, I would write everyday. For three years straight, I wrote everyday- a minimum of seven lines. I would hear stories of writers going months without writing, and I realized that the number one thing blocking writers was writers block. I was determined not to let writers block stop me. So I would come up with a practice, seven lines done by 9 AM everyday, and I did that for three years straight. I called the series, thoughts for the day- it eventually became my first book, which came out September 2011.
JC: What were you writing about?
RH: I did a lot of stupid stuff. I influenced a lot of people to do some dumb things. I was really trying to reverse karma. I was trying to make people smile, make people feel better about life. I always had the gift of influencing people, whether it be good or bad. People always naturally gravitated to me. So, I started with a contact list of twenty people. I was just writing about faith, about dreams, about trust, being frustrated. You know daily stuff. It started with a contact list of twenty people, and it just grew. God blessed it. I don’t have a traditional story, oh, I had an agent. Everything started with that contact list, and of course social networks played a part.
JC: You’re Instagram famous, that’s how I found out about you. How did your audience grow?
RH: The only social network I had (initially) was Facebook. My goal in writing has always been to touch one person. Every time, I want one person to write back and say, I feel like you were talking directly to me. Using that formula, it allowed my contacts to grow, because people were forwarding it. I call it consistent quality, when you put something good out consistently. I was writing everyday, so I have so much material, probably much more material than the average writer. Now, I have five years of writing everyday.
JC: What are some of the things you live by?
RH: I want to be completely comfortable with Robert- everything he shows, everything he gives to people, everything he tells people. If I died today, I want to be completely comfortable with what people will remember about me. My only goal is to live in a way to where I’m proud of me, and the people around me they are proud to know me. I feel the only way people have connected to my message is because they know my mess.
JC: Have you ever had your heart broken?
RH: Yea. I did it to myself though. I won’t say heartbroken, but I’ve been hurt a couple times. Last year, I had a girlfriend, and she cheated on me. She had sex with her ex-[boyfriend], which was kind of rough. You learn through the process.
JC: How have you healed from past hurt.
RH: You know how people say time heals all wounds. I think it’s what you do in that time that actually brings you your healing, because time won’t heal a wound you don’t recognize. I’ve always known that, even though I was hurt, I was still strong…I [knew] I was still enough. I’ve always been willing to confront whatever the situation is. Like, if I got played, I’ll tell you I got played. A lot of people aren’t willing to do that, because it requires them to be vulnerable. They’re scared that if they are vulnerable, then people will think they are weak.
JC: So, tell me about the Thousand Kings Foundation, Inc.
RH: The Thousand Kings Foundation- my goal is to inspire, impact, and influence young men to live extraordinary lives. Initially, it was young men, now it’s young people, because it’s so much going on within the black community. We don’t really have leaders, we have a lot of complainers, but we don’t have a lot of people willing to step up [and] initiate change in an active way. I grew up in a neighborhood, called Camelot, we [have] a lot of males, but not a lot of men. I wanted to be that man, that the kids could look up to.
June 1, 2013, the Thousand Kings Foundation, Inc. will have its first annual Thousand Kings Walk at Mt. Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach, VA.