Emmons, Alexis (651402) September 9 2018
4MAT – EGR 101-C
Section 1: “Do Hard Things” part one and two by Alex Harris Executive Summary
In the beginning the authors identify the difference of Do Hard Things from the many other books intended for teens. The difference being this is not a book where adults tell teens how to change, it’s a conversation among teens. Alex and Brett then talk about the background and reasons for writing their book. They desire teens to rebel against low expectations and reclaim the full potential of their teen years. Later on the authors inviting readers to join them in an uprising “against a cultural mind-set that twists the purpose and potential of the teen years and threatens to cripple our generation.” Throughout the first section Alex and Brett make a metaphor about us being like elephants. An elephant is an incredibly powerful beast that can be restrained by a piece of twine. Because we as teens buy into “the Myth of Adolescence.” That myth is an assumption that the teen years can’t add up to much and are meant to be spent as some sort of vacation from responsibility. Those low expectations that are set for us are our piece of twine. The desire us to choose to live by higher standards leaving childish ways behind and maturing. We can decide to do hard things. In the next chapter the authors use another metaphor for our teen years. the teen years are like a diving board that, if we land on the right spot, will launch us into our best possible future. If we miss we risk never going forward. “Life is full of scary things,” This idea is not the issue the issue is when we let fear limit what we attempt in our lives. Almost everyone starts out being afraid to speak in public or try something new. Alex makes a good reasoning behind doing these things even though they terrify us he says all these experiences give us the most interesting stories. The twin authors explore how the phrase like “Just do your best” can do more harm than good. They say instead of reaching for what is easy and what you can get by with teens need to reject complacency by choosing values like “Do what’s hard for you,” and “Pursue excellence, not excuses.” Alex and Brett present the readers with a question of Why is it that following through on small tasks can be such a huge chore? They then go to say that they are necessary to build character skills and become more successful in the future. In the final chapter of section two Alex and Brett talk about why going against cultural norms is a challenge every rebelutionary will face. They suggest six principles to help teens “stand at the right time, for the right thing, and for the right reasons.”
Section 2: Personal Reflection
I found the first section really intriguing as I read through and I followed along in the beginning of the second section yet a chapter in I began to become confused and lose track of the main points. I felt as if the second section kept dividing the topics into subsequent points I forgot where it started and the main purpose behind those points and stories. I also felt they added too many stories. I found the first 5 facinating, as well as their story too, but then they became repetitive with the same objective of each one. This ties in with my feeling of being lost- as each story seemed to have the same base point and end point. Now I’d like to move on from what I found confusing to the parts of the book I enjoyed. One of the main things that caught my eye were the subtle references to the Bible. The author used the Bible sparingly with a lot of impact picking and choosing the right verses for the right situation. Throughout high school we took a hermeneutics class which taught us the importance of not making every verse relate to us and focus more on the God given intent by looking at the background and history of the time. I believe the author looked at the background and added the verses when they were truly relevant instead of trying to fit as many as he could in. Secondly, I enjoyed the questions throughout the book. It gave me a more personal feel while I was able to look deeper into my life. I went on to answer all the questions I saw and I believe it would be a good idea to share one of them. “Which people I know can help fill the gaps where my knowledge or ability falls short?” I choose to put this one in here as I have noticed this class will be focused around engineering projects and I cannot accomplish it alone without my group. Personally the people who help fill my gaps are my closest friends because they know me and we tend to help each other out where someone falls short and teachers who have more knowledge than me and are there to guide me and teach me.
Section 3: Questions
Question 1: Can you the author clarify the points made during the second section and show their relation to the main points we would be going over stated in the end of section one?
Question 2: Do you think this book would be profitable for believers and unbelievers alike? Was the purpose soely for believers to trust more in God and break from our shell, or can unbelievers read it and get the same amount of impact about the restrictions society has put on us?
Question 3: When do you believe we cross from the childish stage into adulthood where we need to take on these large responsibilities, is it when we are mentally mature enough to handle certain situations, does it vary from one person to the next?
Section 4: Personal Application
This week I will put my full effort into everyday tasks even the smaller ones. I will not slide by on passing, with school I will take time out of my day to actually digest the material, look ahead so my work is not rushed and is done properly and to the best of my ability.