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Help Your Teenage Do Hard Things (by Stephen Simpson)

This summer, Josh Brown, Jonathan Nyeholt, & I read through the book Do Hard Things by Alex & Brett Harris. The book is subtitled: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations.

In the book, the authors encouraged the reader to do Five Kinds of Hard Things:

  1. Things that are outside your comfort zone.
  2. Things that go beyond what is expected or required.
  3. Things that are too big to accomplish alone.
  4. Things that don’t earn an immediate payoff.
  5. Things that challenge the cultural norm.

While the book was written by teenagers for teenagers, it definitely holds value for the rest of us. All of us deal with low expectations. We expect far too little of ourselves. We settle for far less than we should. This book is a call for us to raise the bar. It is a call for us to set lofty goals and then work hard to meet them. I highly recommend this book. It is easy to read, but it will challenge your thinking.

Available at Westminster Bookstore or Amazon

A more extended review by Tim Challies