If there’s such a thing as an expert in dirty jobs, that title probably belongs to Mike Rowe.
For Florida teen Kyle Graham, Rowe’s dedication to hard work and getting dirty always came as a big inspiration — even prompting him to start his own neighborhood pooper scooper business, which he aptly named Call of Doodie.
And his job is definitely dirty:
Just another 100 degree Sunday morning. Filling my bucket with poop and my gloves with sweat. #ToolsOfTheTrade
So on Sunday, it was nothing short of a dream come true for the 13-year-old, when his business got a very public shout-out from Rowe himself:
Off The WallKyle Graham to Mike RoweHello Mr. Rowe. I'm not sure if you'll ever read this but I just wanted to share…
After reposting Graham’s own description of his business, Rowe writes:
“Kyle — You, sir, are inspiration, and proof-positive that when it comes to #2, somebody’s gotta be #1.”
In just a day, Rowe’s Facebook post about the hard-working Florida teen has already amassed more than 90,000 likes.
As Graham tells Independent Journal Review, it’s earned him and his business a lot more exposure than he’s used to:
“I’m kind of overwhelmed by the fact that there’s so many people saying that there needs to be more kids like this in America, and that I wish my kid was like this.”
Taking a look at Call of Doodie’s Facebook page, it’s not hard to see why folks feel that way.
From his slick business cards:
The new business cards are in!!!! The photo doesn't capture how cool they really look.
To his community giveaways:
Come by and see me at Oakleaf Night Off for the chance to win great prizes. Don't forget to bring your dog for a treat and drink of water.
And, most of all, his #CEOMindset:
If I can do it, anyone can. It's all about priorities. #CEOMindset #ThisIsWhatARealBallerDoes
He even has the lingo down pat. As he writes on Call of Doodie’s website:
“It is my sworn duty to help you win the war against your backyard doodie.
Once a week our Special Forces will invade your yard and take out those dirty, stinking land mines that your best friend leaves behind.”
Proving that hard work pays off, the Florida teen’s already reaping the benefits of running his own business.
In the year-and-a-half since he started Call of Doodie, he’s saved up enough to buy his own boat:
I am pleased to announce that Call of Doodie now has a navy!!!!I am so grateful to every one of my customers for your…
Which he’s definitely putting to good use:
Put my first fish in the boat today. Shout out to Kevin Vaughn for the super secret spot!
As for all the attention he’s been receiving since Rowe’s post, Graham says he hopes it’ll help other kids want to do the same:
“I want to start maybe like a YouTube channel or a blog and try to help inspire kids my age to start their own business.”
In the meantime, he’s already set his sights on his next big purchase. Even though it’ll still be a few years until he’ll be able to use it, the 13-year-old is saving up for a Jeep so he can tow around his new boat.
For those worried that the next generation of Americans will all grow up into a group of Instagram-obsessed, responsibility-hating adults, Graham’s mindset certainly comes as a refreshing ray of hope.