I recently watched this amazing TEDx Talk by Jia Jiang on how he embraced his fear of rejection by challenging himself to ask for things that are likely to be turned down. He documented his 100 Days of Rejection on his blog with Youtube videos of each attempt. His asks are hilarious, ranging from asking to plant a flower in a stranger's backyard to sleeping in a mattress store. Along the way, he learned to manage his fear of rejection and discover how to turn a "no" into a "yes."
Simple Ways to Embrace Rejection
Here are some of my takeaways from his TEDx Talk and reading through his blog:
Since watching this TEDx Talk, I have started to embrace rejection in small ways. For example, I have tried to bring my little dog with me to stores that may not allow dogs. I have not yet been questioned or asked to leave. Most of the time, the store employees don't seem to notice that my dog is there, and if they do, they tell me what a beautiful dog he is. Like Jia, I have learned through these experiences that (1) rejection is not as scary as I think it is, (2) I am surprised by how many times I get a "yes" when I was expecting a "no," (3) people are genuinely trying to make things better for me, and (4) most things are negotiable.
Ready to embrace rejection for yourself? Tell me about your experiences in the comment section below.
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