I Want to be Rejected. Do You?

I fell in love with Jia Jiang’s ideas (or as close to love as one can fall from a seat on the steps in the balcony at Belmont University).

Let me tell you, big ideas make me swoony and force my stomach to go flippity-flop.

Meet Jiang.

This video is twelve minutes long and totally worth every second. Email subscribers, please click here.

For those of you who don’t have time to watch the entire video, let me summarize: Take risks. Embrace rejection.

Jiang, an entrepreneur, started participating in rejection therapy after feeling paralyzed by the idea of failing. In rejection therapy, a person takes risks with the expectation of being rejected. The idea behind rejection therapy is the more you risk, the more you face rejection, and eventually, the less rejection stings.

Jiang started risking. Many of Jiang’s risks were silly: take a nap at a mattress store, race a random person, and skate at Sonic, but all of his crazy ideas made me think about the big and small things I hesitate to try in my life.

I wanted in on Jiang’s idea. I decided to copy his practices by taking risks and embracing rejection. Then, I’d write about the results here on the ‘ol blog starting on January 9th and continuing every Thursday throughout the month of January.

Brilliant, challenging, the perfect kick in the butt I needed, but something was missing. Hmmm, what was it?

People. Oh, yes, other people.

Therefore, I contacted a bunch of movers and shakers, and guess what? They are going to participate in this risk fest too. There you have it. A group of us are determined to start off the year by taking risks and then telling the world about it, but something was still missing. Hmmm, what was it?

You. Oh, yes, you.

Our group would love it if you joined us and committed to take a chance on those crazy ideas of yours. You might fail, but then again you might walk away with donuts resembling the Olympic rings (only makes sense if you watched the video!).

What do you think? Are you in?

Check back tomorrow for the nitty-gritty details including answers to the following questions:

  • So how exactly are we going to share about the risks we are taking?
  • Do I have to take big risks or can my risks be small?
  • Do I need to complete the risk before I share about it?
  • Do I need to commit to participate every week?
  • Can I share a picture instead of a post about my risk?
  • Do I need a blog to participate?

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Dear 2014, I have two words for you: Bring it. #RiskRejection Click to tweet.

See you tomorrow.

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  • Um yes! Only because I love you. Rejection, risk! Eek!! They are my scariest! But I am loving this concept.

  • Yipeee! SO glad you are participating.

  • Bring it rejection! 🙂 Ready to go!

  • And another NC girl, Julie!

  • I’m in too!

  • I can’t wait to hear about your risk(s), Leslie!

  • I’m excited to join you! :)))

  • Woot, whoot, Beth!

  • I have a feeling this is gonna get “risky.” Pumped to join this journey 🙂

  • Bring it! I’m already feeling the waves and the storm rolling in as I wrote about today. Thanks for spurring me onward.

  • I am 100% in.

  • Amy, I’m loving it! I took a big risk In writing a book and I was rejected by the first publisher. I spent 2 1/2 years on it so I was not giving up. The second one accepted it just before Christmas! I’m going to have a published book by the end of the month!!!

  • Sharita, Alene, Kris, and Rachel…oh my!

  • I plan to “be brave” this year. So maybe this goes right along with wanting to be rejected?

  • whoa! Why are we sooooooo afraid of rejection?

    Ok, yes, this year I have some ‘risky’ steps I’m taking, it’s almost ya want to keep it a big fat secret just in case of the ‘R’ word. I’d say it’s what Lisa said, BRAVERY!