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.

American Teens Don’t Want Jobs


(MarketWatch) — The number of teens with summer jobs has fallen roughly 30 percentage points since the late ‘70s. In 1978, nearly three in four teenagers (71.8%) ages 16 to 19 held a summer job, but as of last year, only about four in 10 teens did, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month of July analyzed by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. It’s been...

Captain Wilbanks Did Hard Things


( — “Do hard things.” That was the message given to Hilliard A. Wilbanks Middle School sixth-graders Monday morning. The words came from John H. Wilbanks, son of the late Capt. Hilliard A. Wilbanks, on the 47th anniversary of the captain’s death in Vietnam. The sixth-grade students filled the Cornelia Community House as special guests for Capt. Hilliard A...

Do Hard Things: A Message from President John F. Kennedy


On September 12, 1962, then U.S. President John F. Kennedy gave his famous “Moon Speech” at Rice University, with the goal of persuading the American people to support NASA’s efforts to send a manned space flight to the moon. The full speech runs around 18-minutes, but these 47-seconds are the most well-known. Here, JFK explains why the United States wants to go to the moon and...

Kayla Montgomery, Age 18: Running and Winning Races with Multiple Sclerosis


(New York Times) — When a pack of whip-thin girls zipped across the finish of the 1,600-meter race at a recent track meet here, the smallest runner’s legs wobbled like rubber, and she flopped into her waiting coach’s arms. She collapses every time she races. Kayla Montgomery, 18, was found to have multiple sclerosis three years ago. Defying most logic, she has gone on to become one of the fastest...

LymeLight: The Story of Olympic Athlete Angeli VanLaanen and Her Battle with Lyme Disease


Some of you know that Ana Harris (Brett’s wife) is very sick with Lyme Disease, a nasty infection spread by ticks that can get very serious if misdiagnosed or mistreated. Unfortunately, many Americans (including doctors) are woefully uneducated about Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses, even as new cases continue to be reported at record levels. This inspiring, 30-minute documentary about...

Matthew Mistele, Age 14: Developed Game for Xbox 360


(Redmond Reporter) — It’s not uncommon for teens to list video games as one of their favorite hobbies. Creating a video game is a different story. But this is exactly what 14-year-old Redmond resident Matthew Mistele did. The ninth-grader from The Bear Creek School spent the past year or so working on creating a video game, which was released on Jan. 22 and is now available on Xbox 360. “It’s a...

If You Could Ask God Anything, What Would You Ask Him?


For the past fifteen years, photojournalist Chuck Bigger has traveled the globe with Compassion International, working to bring to life the stories of thousands of children living in poverty. When given the opportunity to interview individual children, Bigger likes to ask them this question: “If God were sitting in this room with us right now, what one thing would you ask Him?” This...

Hart Main, Age 15: Selling Candles With Smells Men Will LIke


(Brass Magazine) — The American Dream–the success of the everyman — is getting knocked around a bit lately. But it can’t be counted out if high school kid from an industrial slash farming town in central Ohio needs to rent warehouse space to contain his rapidly expanding manscented candle business. ManCans’ headquarters is 1,000 square feet of concrete-floored, no-frills...

The Cross: Featuring Billy Graham, Lacey Sturm, and Lecrae


Take 30 minutes to watch this new message from Billy Graham, which aired on primetime television on November 7, 2013. Whether you are already familiar with Billy Graham and his life message, or have only heard his name, you’ll be impacted by this powerful film, featuring the stories of former Flyleaf lead singer, Lacey Sturm, and rap artist, Lecrae. Viewers are encouraged to view the...

Riley Banks, Age 17: Building Schools and Opening Orphanages


(Branson Tri-Lake News) — To say 17-year-old Riley Banks is on a mission could be considered an understatement. The Branson teen has distributed hundreds of backpacks and school supplies to children in Kenya, provided more than 1,000 hygiene kits to girls there, helped provide a medical clinic for more than 1,300 people and opened a school this year. She does it all through her nonprofit...

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 →