rebelling against low expectations

Raising Motivated Kids (Our Free Workshop For Parents)


The number one question we receive from parents is, “How do I motivate my kids?”

And they don’t mean “How can I get better at begging or bribing?”

They mean…

“How do I motivate them from the heart?”

“How do I train them to do the right things because THEY want to?”

(Not because mom and dad are making them)

“How do I build the habit of self-motivation and initiative?”

Well, my dad and I have put together an online workshop focused on answering those questions — and it is available FREE for a limited time.

You can sign-up and start watching immediately, or keep reading to learn more of the story behind this resource.

The Survey That Inspired This Project

A few years back we conducted a large parent/teen survey with 509 parents and 1,113 teenagers participating.

For parents, our primary goal with this survey was to identify their top questions and concerns as we prepared to launch our parenting course, Raising Kids to Do Hard Things, for the first time.

The survey was entirely open-ended. We didn’t offer multiple-choice answers. Parents could write anything they wanted in response to this question:

Survey Question: What are your top two questions about raising kids to do hard things that we absolutely NEED to answer in our upcoming book and online course?

And here’s what we discovered: The number one question parents had for us (by a landslide) was, “How do I motivate my kids?” Parents were asking things like:

  • “How do I help my kids become passionate about something?”
  • “How do I motivate them to actually do something?”
  • “How do you motivate kids without nagging?”
  • “How do I get them to be self-motivated?”

With virtually unlimited options to choose from, 27.6% of parents identified motivation as their biggest area of concern. And to put that result in perspective, more parents asked about motivation than about the next three top questions COMBINED. No other topic even came close.

This was very good news for us, because…

This Is Our Specialty!

For much of the last 10 years my dad and I have traveled the country motivating young people to take the initiative at home, at school, and their communities.

Over that same period, God has used my book, Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations, to light a fire in the hearts of hundreds-of-thousands of tweens and teens around the world.

But more importantly than that, my dad has practiced what he preaches at HOME.

Really, the entire message of “doing hard things” and “rebelling against low expectations” is just the natural outgrowth of how my mom and dad raised us. They were intentional about this stuff.

So when we realized that this is what parents want from us — we were stoked! Because we know about this! We know we can help parents raise more motivated kids.

Not surprisingly, our upcoming book and online course already focus heavily on how to raise self-motivated kids. But we also wanted to create a separate parenting resource focused on motivation — and give it away for free.

That’s why we created our workshop, Raising Motivated Kids.

As you probably know, it can be a huge challenge to motivate your kids from the outside.

But when you raise your kids to be self-motivated (from the heart), you end up with young men and women who will do the right thing, even when you’re not around to make them.

And your job as a parent gets a whole lot more enjoyable.

Because let’s face it… Which is more fun?

A) Driving your car


B) Pushing it everywhere

If your relationship with your kids feels like pushing a car uphill with the parking brake engaged…

…this workshop will help.

My dad doesn’t offer any “formulas” or “silver bullets.”

You won’t have a new kid by Friday.

But you’ll be headed in the right direction with proven strategies that have worked for our family and many others.

You’ll be working with God’s design for your kids, rather than against it.

And you’ll feel more hopeful and excited as a parent.

Sound good?

These videos are normally for members only, but are available for free viewing from March 29th – April 12th, 2018.

So, check it out. This is some of my dad’s best stuff and it will only available for a limited time.

What’s Inside The Workshop

Here’s a preview of the first video in the workshop. There are four videos total and they will only be available between March 29 and April 12, 2018. After that the series will move into the member’s area of our online parenting course.


Video 1: The Dangers of Being Unmotivated

First, my dad shares the story of his first experience being self-motivated as a child (spoiler: it involves turtles), defines what motivation actually is, and outlines the dangers young people face when they are unmotivated.

Second, my dad shares the simple but effective strategy my parents used to try to keep us in a highly self-motivated state and responds to common objections, explaining why some parents might think they are doing this stuff already, but are actually missing out on the advantages.

Finally, he brings everything together, paints a picture what it’s like to have self-motivated kids, and introduces the powerful metaphor of leaky buckets and voracious fires.

The Executive Summary

Now, in case you like skimming articles, here’s what you need to know:

WHAT: Our free video series, Raising Motivated Kids.

WHEN: Available from March 29th through April 12th, 2018.

HOW: By clicking this link right now

WHY: Because raising self-motivated kids will make your life much easier (and the fruit much greater).

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the author

Brett Harris

is co-founder of and co-author of Do Hard Things, along with his twin brother, Alex. He is married to his best friend, Ana, who blogs at He is the founder of the Young Writers Workshop — an ongoing coaching program for serious writers.

Add comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

By Brett Harris
rebelling against low expectations

The Rebelution is a teenage rebellion against low expectations—a worldwide campaign to reject apathy, embrace responsibility, and do hard things. Learn More →