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Published on February 28th, 2014 | by Brittany Collett

Everyday Ways to Rebel Against Low Expectations

If you have read Do Hard Things you probably are wondering where to start. How do we change the low expectations society has for teenagers? Not all of us have the time, opportunity, or ability to graduate early or be a teen campaign manager; but there are basic things everyone can do.

What will we do differently? You may want to brainstorm, but here are a few ideas:

  • Be less dramatic. This is one of the key things people think about when they hear “teen”.
  • Act older. This one is not all that hard. It is pretty easy for people to think you are a couple years older. Simply imitate the manner of people older than you — people who are mature and responsible.
  • Spend your time more wisely. Suffering grades are not impressive; and they certainly do not show maturity. Nearly everyone would rather be with their friends, or watching a movie, but take the time to study, it will be worth it. Managing your time wisely not only shows maturity, but responsibility, self-control, and competence.
  • Don’t be too loud. Ever passed a group of teens talking loudly; with everyone else else just looking at them and shaking their heads? Don’t be a part of this problem. Keep the volume at a respectful level.

There is a multitude of other things. Go ahead, make a list — you may be surprised. This is what we can actively do in our everyday lives.

We can also encourage others to join The Rebelution cause. Imagine, multitudes of people rising above low expectations and doing hard things — little things, big things; while helping the world and changing the view of other teens, parents, youth workers, politicians, teachers, etc.

It is time to take action. When people notice your high maturity level; tell them about your cause.

Let’s say there are 25 million teens in the United States and that 50,000 of them decide to join The Rebelution and rebel against low expectations. If each of those 50,000 teens were able to get 5 people (of any age) to join The Rebelution this year there would be 250,000 rebelutionaries next year.

If those 250,000 did the same thing there would be a total of 1,250,000 people living out the Rebelution message! If this happened yet again; in five years that number would rise to 156,250,000 — almost half the population of the United States! I think you get the point.

It is estimated that the average person meets 100,000 people in their lifetime; so this should not be too hard.

Even something as simple as being friendly to the cashier or waitress, or reading Do Hard Things while waiting in the sitting room for your doctor’s appointment can work.

Personally I love to read, and I find it very common for people to ask me what I am reading. It makes a great conversation starter; and a time to explain your cause.

This is the generation of change, what will that change be? Change comes from people; so I will quote Mahatma Gandhi: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

So go, take a stand, spread the word, and change yourself.

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About the Author

is an ambitious 14-year-old striving to rise above the low expectations with the help of the Lord. She is currently planning to graduate high school 2-3 years early; and plans to become an industrial engineer while doing part time writing and speaking. She loves school and is especially interested in math, psychology and science.

  • Liam Siegler

    A very great article Brittany!

    I have been trying to get my friends to read Do Hard Things, I think I will get one to do it today!


    God Bless,

    Liam Siegler

    • Liam Siegler

      To everyone who saw this post.

      Today I gave my friend Do Hard Things. I am pretty sure he is one of those people who is open to the this but just isn’t aware about it yet. He seemed interested!

      God Bless,


      • Wow! That’s great Liam! Thanks for spreading the message. =)

        • Liam Siegler

          Hello Brett,

          I usually check on the Rebulution 2 – 5 times a day and was wondering what it takes to be an administrator on here? If you need one I will totally be willing! :)

          God Bless,


      • Thats great Liam!

  • I mentioned Do Hard Things to my neighbor yesterday, today I will try to explain it fully and get him to get the book. :)

    • Great! Let me know how that goes! :-)

  • Madison W

    This was a great article Brittany! I really enjoyed your four ideas for acting differently than other teenagers. I am so encouraged to hear other likeminded young people talk about these things :)

  • Angie

    I needed this reminder just now… Thanks!

  • Tori G

    This is great! This was just what I needed to help a club I’m starting at school. Thanks!

    • Great! So what is the club about?

      • Tori G

        My goal is to tell my friends about the Rebellution and seeing how we can do hardsthings at home and at school.

        • That sounds like a great idea! -also fundraisers might be a good idea once you get it big enough. I will pray and hope it grows! Hey, do you by any chance have a facebook?

  • James W.

    That’s a great message! Speaking from personal experience, I was introduced to Do Hard Things by a friend of mine. Keep spreading the word! It’s worth it!


    James W.

    • Thanks! I am glad you have a friend who spread the message to you. Keep spreading it yourself too! :-)

      • James W.

        You are welcome!

    • kelcie ford

      God bless u James W. I hope u spread the word too! May God guide u w/ His shining grace. Hallelujah!

      • Thank you! I am spreading the message and I know that he is leading and blessing me!


        James W.

    • It is great to see it is getting around! 😀

  • Trinity W

    This is perfect! I haven’t even finished reading the book, yet. But I can start helping to change the low expectations now! Thank you so much!

    • I hope the book reaches into you like it did me! 😀

      • Trinity Westlake

        I have the same hope. And its already begun! I’m being encouraged to do things I never would.
        Thanks for the luck!

  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing this. Very well written and insightful!

  • Oh, and for those of you who have facebook, feel free to friend me! 😀

  • Samuel Garcia
    • Lol, yep, I think there is three different versions now. Thanks Sam! :-)

  • Trent Blake

    Brittany, this is great. It shows that you are continually reevaluating your maturity, so you can become more mature, respectful, kind, and honoring to God. Thanks for sharing this with us. :)

  • Guest

    Truly, that most of time were just looking for easy way, easy things and sometimes shortcut to do things. But when I read, “Do hard Things” I learned a lot as a Youth. I learned to love to every Youth that is needy, taking care of them, sharing your story with them that will bring courage and not remembering yourself, cause you’ll believe that even it’s hard to do. God is always looking on You, helping you and to lead you.

  • Saulo Constantino

    Truly, that most of time were just looking for easy way, easy things and sometimes shortcut to do things. But when I read, “Do hard Things” I learned a lot as a youth. I learned, to love to every youth that in needs, taking care of them, accepting who they are, sharing your story with them that will bring courage. And specially not remembering yourself, cause you’ll believe that even it’s hard to do. God is always looking on You, helping you to lead others.

  • Thank you so much for your prayer Kelcie! Hey, do you by any chance have a facebook? Maybe we can be friends. 😀

    • kelcie ford

      I’m glad u lov it. I pray God’s abundance over u. Ik He’s doing awesome things in ur future right now *wink* so Rock on Britt!! Btw, idh Facebook sorry, maybe twitter or gmail? Hopefully OR we could use TheRebelution? Yay!?

  • mimeforJESUS

    I officially became a Rebelutionary a year and a half ago, but I did three of these beforehand! My family is Rebelutionarily minded from the start, I guess.

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