We all deal with fear of rejection. Jia Jiang did too. But he overcame it… thanks to a box of donuts.
He explains how this happened in his wonderful book, Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection.
His dream was to be an entrepreneur — and that means a lot of rejection. So how could he beat the fear?
By turning it into a game. For 100 days he made ridiculous requests of strangers, expecting to get rejected.
And get rejected he did. A lot. But he also got a number of unexpected “yes” responses as well:
- Knocking on a stranger’s door, ball in hand, he asked “Can I play soccer in your backyard?” The response? “Come on in.”
- He asked a policeman if he could drive his car. The answer? “Do it.”
- And when he asked workers at Krispy Kreme…
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