How To Deal With Rejection



Honestly, I hate rejection. Being rejected makes me feel like there is something wrong with me. It hurts.

Recently, I stumbled across a TED Talk by Jia Jiang called "What I learned from 100 days of rejection". In the talk, he discussed how his fear of rejection often caused him to shy away from taking action in certain areas of his life. He described how crippling this fear can be, inevitably leading to a decision not to act.

This was really enlightening, as I had to analyse the decisions I had made over the course of my life. The decision not to apply for a job because of the fear of rejection. The decision not to start a business, because of the fear of my targeted audience not receiving the products I proposed - and so many other incidents of simply not trying.

How many opportunities has one missed out on simply because they refuse to try. How many times could we have turned a 'no'  into a 'yes' by being persistent. 

On his website Jiang advocates rejection therapy and the following objectives:

To be more aware of how irrational social fears control and restrict our lives.

Smash the tyranny of fear and reap the treasures (treasures include wealth, relationships and self-confidence).

Learn from, and even enjoy rejection.

To not be attached to outcomes, especially when it involves the free agency of other people.

Permit yourself to fail.

I think that this video will be a great one to watch.

I am looking forward to piling up a long list of rejections. Who knows where trying will take me.


The Nines and Prosper Team

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