Many people struggle with the fear of rejection. Why would I purposely set out to be rejected?
According to TED.com, “Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a “burger refill” at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.”
Those that follow me appreciate that I work to solve significant problems with innovative thinking. You might assume that I am a risk taker who fearlessly faces rejection.
Like everyone else, I don’t like to hear no.
Jia Jiang felt the same way. But unlike many of us who have worked to avoid rejection, he tackled it head on. He set a goal for himself to make outrageous requests. Yes, you read it correctly, he asked a complete stranger to borrow $100.
What was the result?
He found that many were willing to say “yes.” In fact, many more than he ever imagined. People wanted to help him but he just needed to know why and then be willing to ask.
That led to an incredible transformation. Shifting his mindset propelled him to success in his sales position and even to launch a new business around overcoming rejection.
That is pretty incredible.
How do you need to change your thinking to overcome your fear of failure?
- Mind Shift Monday features a powerful quote that sets the tone for a week of innovative thinking.
- Thinking Bigger Tuesday expands on the topic and provides pillar content of innovative thinking.
- Why Not Wednesday introduces you to books, articles and research that I have found useful in solving significant problems with innovative thinking.
- Transformational Thursday explores a TED Talk on the topic of the week. These talks are likely taken from the ones I have featured in my TED Talk Think Tank mastermind for radical change over the last five years.
- Freaky Far Out Friday features crazy ideas that just might lead to solving your persistent problem.
DO the IMPOSSIBLE!!!
Loren Murfield, Ph.D.
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