Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A Hundred Days of No

So I read this article on Bloomberg Businessweek titled "Rejection Therapy : A Hundred Days of No" about a man,Jia, who goes through each day making crazy requests to people and getting rejected. For example:
Rejection/Day 4 : Offer to Deliver Pizza for Dominos,
Rejection/Day 21 : Ask Strangers for Compliments (my favorite),
Rejection/Day 23: Be a Greeter at Starbucks,
Rejection/Day 30 : Slide Down a Firepole at a Fire Station

Jia blogs his experience as well as post the videos of him making preposterous requests each day. He also noted down the things he learned from his experience. As an entrepreneur, he says that once you're used to the idea of rejection, you will be able to overcome your nervousness .

"The people who are generally successful are the ones that bounce right back."

To me, this is inspiring. I am afraid of rejections, I do things the right way and I seldom ask for anything because being rejected is a hard thing for me to accept. Not only that, but I myself reject to avoid being rejected. Always saying 'No'. When I think about it, I realise that what I'm doing is a cycle. And not a very good one either. I've also come to realise that due to this, I may not be on my way to achieving my maximum potential.

 So, I am acknowledging my father's advice and have sent my resume to a hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. Hopefully, if all things go to plan, I will work there for a few months after I complete my diploma studies before I continue on with my degree. Let me tell you, I am terrified, if it doesn't work out then I'll be crushed. I'm also afraid to be away so far for so long, alone. But opportunities don't always come and I need to seize it all.


  1. Good luck Marion. Aukland seems a nice place to start your journey but also means new adventure, encounter and getting settled in a new place would be another thing to deal with especially if you are going through it alone. I wish you all the best.

  2. Happy New Year 2013 to you :)
    I enjoyed reading your post, it is really inspiring! I hope you got the internship at the hotel. You will learn a lot of new things, experience
    real life adventure and be open to new exposure. You will meet new people with vast knowledge and have fun while learning! Bring your smile and confident along with you wherever you are! All the best :)