There’s a great book called Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible through 100 Days of Rejection by Jia Jiang.
As you’d expect from the title, his goal was to ask for outrageous things for 100 days. He started pretty mild, but over time his inquiries got more and more out there.
He did this to help himself get over the fear of rejection. After all, that’s a fear the vast majority of the population has. Nobody likes to be told no.
But Jia’s story is interesting. He was surprised at how many times people granted his request.
For example, one of the most famous requests (because it got on YouTube) is when Jia asked a Krispy Kreme donut shop to make him donuts in the shape of the Olympic rings. They went out of their way to do it for him, and it got both him and Krispy Kreme great publicity.
Plus, he got his donuts just how he’d asked!
A personal example is I just started working on Upwork. I’ve been freelance writing for a while, but not using that platform.
Some of my proposals were rejected… but some weren’t. And now I’m working with great people by providing them the written content they need for their small businesses.
Does it hurt to get rejected from the gigs I applied for? Yeah, a little. But it’s not a big deal. I’ve gotten used to rejection after spending over a year trying to find a job in 2016-2017.
That’s what happens when you practice the skill of being rejected. You start to realize that it really doesn’t matter. There’s always another opportunity just around the corner.
But you’ll never seize the opportunity if you don’t at least reach for it.