Jia Jiang is working on a project where he is trying to have 100 rejections. He comes up with ridiculously crazy requests thinking people will say NO WAY, videos them, and then shares on his blog: Entresting.com
I learned about him when he didn’t get rejected by the Krispy Kreme employee who said YES. Video way below.
As a job seeker I think we feel like we are living the 100+ days of rejection, right? Jia is having a lot of fun doing this because there really isn’t anything to lose.
But as a job seeker, getting rejected means you might not be able to pay your bills, and a whole lot more (one of my favorite blog posts on this here). It seems that EVERYTHING depends on NOT getting rejected, right?
There’s a great Yahoo/Bloomberg/Businessweek article titled Rejection Therapy: A Hundred Days of ‘No’ that talks about Jia’s project. My buddy Marty Nemko, who interviewed me on his radio show, was quoted a few times.
Read that article… it’s juicy and great. I know some of us are trained, like salespeople, to think:
Each NO means I’m closer to a YES!
In other words, embrace the NO because that means you are getting closer to a YES.
I think that’s good advice, but for the person who keeps getting no’s, that doesn’t help much.
At the end of the Yahoo article are four points, which I like:
1. Don’t look on the bright side
2. Accept that you’re not perfect
3. Watch out for paranoia
4. Try not to be a jerk
The article breaks each of those four down.
So, should we embrace the NOs? Or is that too PolyAnna?
I think we should…. but HOW, when the stakes seem so high?