I am on a journey to become a great entrepreneur, drinking the smoothie blended with Steve Job’s charisma, Chris Gardner’s tenacity, Paul Graham’s judgment, Bill Gate’s ruthlessness, Warren Buffett’s longevity, and Marc Zuckerberg’s vision (or luck). However, since I’m not born with most of these traits, I need to acquire them through exercise, one-by-one.
To start, I’m tackling the low hanging fruit first. One thing I know for sure is that, like most of you, I’m terrified of rejection. No, not in a romantic sense, as I’m extremely happily married. However, I hate being judged and rejected in a business setting, whether it’s being turned down when making a sale, or getting blasted after a pitch. I hate it! I hate it like Michelle Obama hates sleeves.
Now, I posted this question on the FounderDating forum (a fantastic community for startup founders) and its community manager, Hayden Tay (@HaydenTay) suggested Rejection Therapy. The idea is to seek one rejection on purpose everyday for 30 days, and thus desensitize oneself from the pain. Now that’s a fun idea! Not only I want to do it, but I will vlog it, and do it for 100 days. I won’t use any suggestion cards, but come up with stuff as I go for more fun. If you have any suggestions, let me know through email: jia at souplus.com, or twitter @jiajiang. My goal is that 100 days from now, I will be a fearless badass who couldn’t care less about rejection and judgment.
This is Rejection Therapy Day 1 – asking to borrow $100 from a stranger.