Do Hard Things: Alex and Brett Harris


Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Lo...

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This past week I read the book “Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris.” It was really interesting and presented a lot of  ideas, or perspectives of those ideas. Here are some of the main points, or the points that struck me the most :).

Actually, first I’m going to copy the first part of the book.

“Most people don’t expect you to understand what we’re going to tell you in this book . And even if  you understand, they don’t expect  you to care. And even if you care, they don’t expect you to do anything about it. And even if you do something about it they don’t expect it to last.

Well, we do.”

So with that introduction here’s some of the main points.

” Is it possible that even though teens today have more freedom than any other generation in history, we’re actually missing out on some of the best years of our life.” I’m not technically a teenager yet, but this was interesting, we have a basketball court near our house and sometimes I’ll see the same young men (probably from 15 to 20 years old) just hanging out there all day. I have a friend who witnesses to boys at the skateboard park who are there a lot of the day, almost every day. We have “neighbors” who just sit in there house and talk all day. Whenever I see that I just think, they are just wasting so much time! They are losing so many opportunities to do so many things! Their parents don’t expect anything of them so they just waste their whole life lazily dribbling a basketball or something else like that.

Anyway, it was a good reminder to use the years of life God has given me wisely and to His glory.

“The word teenager had been around for less than seventy years!”

Here is an interesting account. “Teachers were given two classes of randomly divided students. However, the teachers were told that one class was made up of the best and brightest at the school and that the other class was made up of the slower to average students. Guess what happened?”

The class that the teacher thought was brightest, exceeded all expectations while the other class struggled and was left behind. He found out in the end that both were made up of average students! His expectations made all the difference!

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
(1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV) No mention of acting like a teenager here!
They give an example of a diving board, if you don’t jump at the right spot you end up doing a belly flop. “The pool is your future life. The diving board is your present life. The Myth of Adolescence would have you think that now is your time to party beside the pool. But the fact is, you’re already on the diving board… We’ll either make a successful dive into adulthood or deliver something closer to a belly flop- a failure to launch.”
That’s part one of my review; (running out of time) the next part will come sometime next week.
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2 responses to “Do Hard Things: Alex and Brett Harris

  1. Katrina Oseid

    Katelyn,

    I read this book as well and enjoyed it. I firmly believe that we expect very little of the teenagers in our world today, and they live up to those expectations.

    I’d like to dig in your head a little bit about one section of your review. If the kids hanging out at the basketball court or skateboard park or the neighbors sitting in their kitchens talking most of the day, changed their activity (say the kids spent that same amount of time practicing the violin or piano and the neighbors in the kitchen spent their time sewing clothes for the homeless), would that then mean their time is not being wasted? If the activity changes, does anything else change?

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