9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls.
9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls. Courtesy of Greg Whale

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.

There is nothing more powerful than the passion for doing something you love. When you have that internal fire, it can be distracting because nothing ever feels as good as doing that one thing you love to do.

And for one 9-year-old boy from England, doodling is his passion.

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls.
9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls. Courtesy of Greg Whale

The 9-year-old artist, Joe Whale, does just fine in school and makes good grades. According to the boy’s father, Greg, the little one was even placed in the gifted program at the age of 4 – he’s obviously a smart cookie.

He also loved playing football and cricket but his biggest passion was by far, drawing, or doodling as some call it. And this love of his was starting to get him in a little trouble at school.

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls.
9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls. Courtesy of Greg Whale

Apparently Joe was frustrated at the little amount of art he could do at school, so he resorted to constantly doodling on the whiteboard in class, which did not seem to make his teachers very happy.

So his parents resolved to place him in an after school program art class that would teach him how to own his passion, and he flourished.
In fact, his art teacher was so impressed with his work that she shared some of his drawings on Instagram where it was spotted by a local restaurant – Number 4 in Shrewsbury, England.

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls.
9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls. Courtesy of Greg Whale

The restaurant then reached out to hire Joe to decorate their interior – cool right? From getting in trouble at school to being a little entrepreneur.

Now, his dad drives him there so he can draw his heart out. Who knew that drawing in an after-class program would lead Joe to get his first job at barely 9 years old?

“They wanted to get Joe into their restaurant to complete an art piece on their wall, and it was in their main dining area, we were over the moon,” Joe’s dad Greg said to news outlets.

“I asked Joe and he, of course, leaped at the chance to do it so we have been going there after school where for a couple of hours a night he’ll put his creativity on their wall.”

9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls.
9-year-old boy kept getting in trouble for doodling at school, then a local restaurant hired him to decorate their walls. Courtesy of Greg Whale

Joe now has a blossoming online following where he calls himself ‘The Doodle Boy’, and looks forward to growing and nurturing his passion for art. You can visit ‘The Doodle Boy’s website and take a peek at all the cool work he’s done too – he’s pretty remarkable.

According to Family Minded, it’s incredibly important to embrace whatever talents, ambitions, and dreams your children might have. Even if what they excel at doesn’t match your vision of their future.

The most important thing is for them to be happy in what they do. And happiness is Majic!

Connect or just stay up-to-date with all the cool things The Doodle Boy is doing by following his Facebook page.


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