rebelling against low expectations

AuthorAlex and Brett Harris

are the co-founders of and co-authors of Do Hard Things and Start Here. They have a passion for God and for their generation. Their personal interests include politics, filmmaking, music, and basketball. They are both graduates of Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia.

James Roberts, Age 23: Built low-cost, inflatable baby incubator


(FOX News) — A recent college graduate in the U.K. has designed a low-cost, inflatable baby incubator for use in the developing world. The brainchild of 23-year old James Roberts, the MOM system is a collapsible incubator, which can be blown up manually and is heated using ceramic elements. A screen on the device shows temperature and humidity, which can be custom set depending on the baby’s...

Alyssa Chavez, Age 17: Invented “Hot Seat” Device to Protect Infants from Being Left in Cars


(CBC News) — A 17-year-old girl from New Mexico has invented a device that alerts parents — and passersby — if a child is left in their car. The invention by Alissa Chavez of Albuquerque aims to reduce the chance that a child will die in an overheated car. The teen has been working with engineers to perfect the design of the device, called Hot Seat, and is now raising money on the crowdfunding...

N’Jhari Jackson, Age 12: Pajama Buddies, Bags, and Much More


(The Tampa Tribute) – One of 12-year-old N’Jhari Jackson’s favorite quotes is by Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, renowned pediatric neurosurgeon, philanthropist and author. “Happiness comes not by what we get, but what we give.” The words in Carson’s message also happen to be a creed for the way N’Jhari chooses to live his life. Nothing brings him more joy than giving of himself to put smiles on the...

Saira Blair, Age 18: Elected America’s Youngest Lawmaker


(The Daily Signal) — She has to go through freshman orientation again. But this time, as the newest representative from the 59th District of the West Virginia House of Delegates. This spring, college freshman Saira Blair will skip class for the state capital to be sworn in as the youngest state representative ever. While still a senior at Hedgesville High School in Martinsville, Blair launched a...

Introducing Counted Worthy: A Novel by Leah Good


Back in August you all helped make Counted Worthy a reality by supporting Leah’s Kickstarter Campaign. Well guess what? The wait is over and Counted Worthy is here! Leah asked me (Brett) to consider writing an endorsement and I was so impressed I offered to both endorse it and promote it on You may have noticed that Counted Worthy has its own page under...

Flynn McGarry, Age 14: America’s Next Great Chef is a Teenage, Homeschooled, Hard Worker


Last week we shared with you the amazing story of Flynn McGarry, a teenage homeschooled chef who is taking the culinary world by storm. That article, published by The New York Times was quick to label Flynn a prodigy, but this one, published last year reveals that Flynn resists that label. Instead, he points to hours-upon-hours of hard work as the reason for his success. Now 15, Flynn spends 160...

Flynn McGarry, Age 15: The Homeschooled Teenage Chef


(New York Times Magazine) — One weekend in February, in the kitschy, barnlike house he shares with his mother and grandmother in the San Fernando Valley, Flynn McGarry was preparing an eight-course tasting menu for 15 guests. The McGarrys’ living room, which is dominated by a gigantic brick fireplace, had been cleared to make room for four tables draped with white tablecloths that his mom, Meg...

Malala Yousafzai, Age 17: Nobel Prize Winner, Doesn’t Use Facebook or Twitter


(BUSINESS INSIDER) — The latest example of 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai being wise beyond her years: She doesn’t use social media or have a cell phone because she’d rather focus on education. And she doesn’t think selfies are the best use of social media either. In a recent interview with The New York Times, the young Nobel Peace Prize winner explained why she isn’t on...

Joshua Wong, Age 17: Leading Democracy Protests in Hong Kong


HONG KONG (The New York Times) — The slight teenager with heavy rectangular glasses and a bowl cut stood above the ocean of protesters who had engulfed downtown Hong Kong. His deep voice was drowned out by cheers, but the crowd did not mind: They knew him and his message. It was Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student activist who has been at the center of the democracy movement that has rattled the...

School Is About Relationships


My grades. My classes. My major. My career. My internships. My extracurriculars. My, my, my. Me, me, me. Listen to a student talk about school and you’ll get the impression that education is a very personal and individualistic pursuit. Well, maybe for some. But it shouldn’t be for Christians. Jesus said the whole law is summed up in one Great Commandment: “Love your neighbor as...

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 →