Have you ever seen this Ted Talk? It’s Jia Jiang, a guy who was so scared of rejection that he deliberately practised asking for things that he thought would get him rejected for 100 days straight. It’s hilarious, thought provoking and likely a good use of your time.
So, I’m writing to you because I reckon we might share a fear of rejection. And in our TLBS journeys, it might be showing up in our sales, positioning, or day rate.
I’m sick of feeling crippled in my ability to move from great thoughts to great sales, and I’m going to do something about it.
Thus, “1000 opportunities for rejection” is being born for me this quarter. The premise is that I am going to, 1000 times, do something or ask for something that I think might result in rejection. I'm going to do all I can to desensitise myself to rejection.
My opportunities (initially) might look like asking these questions:
- Would you like to sign up for my newsletter?
- Could you refer me to someone you think I’d be a good fit with?
- Would you like to be coached by me?
- Telling LinkedIn that my creativity days are awesome
- Can I put a flyer up in your shop?
- Can I speak to your HR manager?
- Can I write for your publication?
- Can we collaborate on x?
- Would you do an interview with me?
- Will you give me a testimonial?
- Would you have a coffee with me?
- Could I speak at your event?
1000 opportunities for rejection looks like roughly 20 rejection situations each week day.
I’m inviting you to come along for the ride. I think you’re awesome, and I know you think I’m pretty cool, too. If you want to join in, let me know, and we can create a more shared site to report our progress.
Otherwise, I'll be updating every couple of days, starting from Monday :)