rebelling against low expectations

AuthorBrett 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.

Raising Motivated Kids (Our Free Video Series For Parents)


The number one question we receive from parents is, “How do I motivate my kids?” Well, my dad and I have put together a video series focused on answering that question — 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. Access The Video Series The Survey That Inspired This...

(New Book) Riley Unlikely: With Simple Child-Like Faith, Amazing Things Can Happen


Telling stories is the best way I know to motivate and inspire young people. That’s why our book is full of stories. Because it’s one thing to tell you to do hard things and rebel against low expectations… It’s another to SHOW you what that can look like. It’s one thing to promise you that adventures await those who step outside their comfort zones… It’s...

27 Books Christian Teens Should Read (And Grownups Should Too)


“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.” — Charles Spurgeon The Rebelution started with a stack of books. When Alex and I were 16-years-old our dad walked in one morning and announced, “I’m putting...

Raising Kids to Do Hard Things (Our New Book For Parents)


Ever since Do Hard Things came out (back in 2008) we’ve had moms and dads asking us: “When are your parents going to write a book?” Well, I’m pleased to announce that my dad and I are getting REALLY close to wrapping up our long-awaited book, Raising Kids to Do Hard Things. This new book for parents is all about how to do hard things as a family and raise self-motivated kids who take the...

After years as a prodigal son, he sings this tribute to his parents


I’m not embarrassed to say I’ve been crying. And that this video is the reason why. If you’re like me, you probably appreciate your parents (at least some of the time). But let’s face it, parents can seem… boring. They are always there. They always say the same kinds of things. Their lives aren’t that exciting. They go to work. They do our laundry, etc. But...

Announcement: Growing Website, New Editorial Team


For the last several years I’ve run this website by myself. And to be honest, I’ve had trouble keeping up with it. As hard as I’ve tried there have been many days and weeks where caring and providing for my sick wife hasn’t left time for making a blog post or responding to important emails. As a result you’ve probably noticed gaps in posting or wondered why you never heard back from me after...

Take The “Do Hard Things” Parent and Teen Survey (Two Questions)


We need to talk about PARENTS. You see, parents are vitally important when it comes to doing hard things. Because of that, I’m teaming up with my dad to develop some brand-new resources for parents. We’re working on a book and an online class called Raising Kids to Do Hard Things. People have been asking for this for a long time — and I think it will be a huge blessings to both parents and teens...

Joe Landolina, Age 17: Invented Remarkable Way to Stop Bleeding


(Business Insider) — Imagine this: You’re gushing blood. Nothing seems to make it stop. Then you apply a gel to your wound, and the bleeding stops within seconds. You’re healed in minutes. This is the premise of VetiGel, an algae-based polymer created by Joe Landolina — a 22 year-old who invented the product when he was just 17. Landolina is now the cofounder and CEO of Suneris, a...

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 →