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"Rejection Proof smashes fear in the face with a one-two punch. You'll laugh out loud at Jia's crazy social experiments, but you'll also go away thinking differently about what you can accomplish."  --Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness of Pursuit and The $100 Startup

“Jia’s  compelling and inspiring book is a wonderful example of how shifting our perspective can allow us to really see what makes us tick.” --Dan Ariely, Professor, Duke University, Author of Predictably Irrational

"I hope you buy two copies of this book because as soon as you read it, you'll want to give it to someone else who needs a boost of bravery too. And your friend is not going to give it back because it's not just a book, it's a constant companion for the next adventure. So buy two, better yet, buy 10 because it's hard to imagine someone who won't be encouraged and challenged by what Jia Jiang has written in Rejection Proof."
Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work & Never Get Stuck and Start

"A clever and inspiring read that will change the way you approach anything that may seem out of reach. This book made me want to look fear in the eye...and then kick it in the ass.” - Alison Levine, author of New York Times bestseller On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership

“Rejection Proof is a fun, thoughtful examination of how to overcome our fears and dare to live more boldly. You have no idea what you can achieve until you try!” --Nancy Duarte, bestselling author of Slide:ology: The Art and Science of Creating Great Presentations

"Jia Jiang helps us see the folly in spending our lives avoiding failure and rejection. His advice helps us build powerful companies, careers, brands, relationships and lives. If you are human, you need this book!" -Pamela Slim, author of Body of Work

"Every page of Rejection Proof had me both laughing and feeling inspired. Jia's 100 days of ridiculous requests of strangers is a journey that will not only make you more resilient, but will also give you insights into persuasion and how to turn "no's" into "yes's". Highly recommended." --Kevin Kruse, New York Times Bestselling Author, We

"Jia will help you break free of the one thing that's probably held you back most: fear of rejection. His collection of incredible experiments in overcoming fear of rejection will inspire you while it makes you laugh.” — Andrew Warner, founder Mixergy

About the Author

Jia Jiang is founder of the popular blog and video series '100 Days of Rejection'. After quitting his job and starting his own company, he started a journey of seeking out rejection on a daily basis. By doing so, he discovered a whole new world with secrets hiding in plain sight, and the power to get what you want by asking and negotiating.

Jiang holds an MBA from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in computer science from Brigham Young University.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080414138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804141383
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Weber VINE VOICE on March 1, 2015
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to most anyone. Jia Jiang's childhood dream was to be an entrepreneur. He had clever ideas as a young man but experienced rejection from a respected Uncle and went on to persue a 'safe' course of action: education and obtaining a high paying job. He wasn't completely happy and his wife gave him the freedom to quit his job and persue an idea to build a business. When a potential investor backed out he felt awful and decided to tackle his fear of rejection. He started a blog "100 days of rejection" and proceeded to make requests of strangers and risk rejection for 100 days. This book was written from those experiences. The author also lightly touches on biological reasons we all fear ( and if not fear - definately don't like) rejection. Several of the risks the author writes about were laugh out loud funny. Several had me groaning in sympathy as I too had to overcome heart pounding fear of public speaking. What I like the most was the very personable way the author shared both his experiences and his moments of increased awareness of the entire process. Moving past relief at actually living through his first risk to asking a person why they rejected his request, negotiating for something close to what his original request was, how rejection was not a rejection of him personally, but rather of his request. How to time your requests and make sure you are asking the right things of the right audiences. Sometimes, with work and maturity, you can evolve into these insights on your own. I did, but sure wish I had some of these insights decades ago to help me out. I think this would be a great and enjoyable read for a younger person, but it applies to people of any age.Read more ›
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This true story is about Jia Jiang, a man who decided to overcome his fear of rejection by purposely making absurd requests in hopes of being rejected. His intention is to make 100 request over 100 days with the hope of desensitizing himself to rejection. He shares that the inspiration for his experiment was Jason Comely, inventor of the Rejection Therapy game.

Jiang was doing pretty well for himself prior to embarking on his experiment. He has an MBA from Duke and was earning six figures at a time when much of the economy was still recovering from the recession. Despite having a well paying job, a nice house and child on the way, his strong spirit of entrepreneurialism made him feel very unhappy simply being another worker. So Jiang did what many other would-be entrepreneurs do, he chased his dream. His initial dream was to create an app that he felt may become very popular. A devastating rejection from a potential investor brought him crashing back to reality and dealt a sharp blow to his confidence. That blow and the subsequent fallout from it ultimately led to his rejection experiment.

Jiang’s requests started out seemingly harmless enough. The first involved asking a security guard at his office building if he could borrow a hundred dollars. The second had Jiang asking a Five Guys server if he could get hamburger refills along with soda refills. Jiang shared how he felt extremely nervous and ill at ease with these requests and was barely able to mutter the words at times. As he got deeper into his experiment, he found that subtle changes in body language and tactics could help affect the outcome.
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Even though the 100 Days of Rejection project was a media phenomenon, I was completely unaware of it prior to reading "Rejection Proof." In a way, I'm glad I am because I came into it without any biases or preconceived notions.

As someone who's had a lifelong battle with fear of rejection, I found this to be not only a great story and motivator, but an insightful look at the root causes of those fears that cripple so many people (I definitely wouldn't count this as a self-help book, which is a good thing). The anecdotal stories are great as is the research, which is presented in a very reader-friendly way. Mr. Jiang has an easy-going writing style and is surprisingly funny. I laughed out loud several times. It's one of those books you can easily get lost in because it's well written and endlessly interesting.

It's also nice to see someone making such a positive impact in the world. I know it wasn't his intention, but that's the beauty of it. It was an organic movement that just needed a kickstart. There's obviously a need for this book as it's impacted so many people for good. It's good we can talk about these things openly. The fact that we can do so with humor and grace makes it all the easier. So, hat's off to Mr. Jiang for making the world a better place.
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After suffering a couple of professional setbacks author, Jia Jiang, comes to the realization that he needs to overcome his fear of rejection and in order to do so decides to place himself into situations where he will likely face rejection for 100 days straight.

Written in a brisk and candid manner this is a fairly quick read paced with recaps and self analysis on how Jiang's various behavioral experiments played out.

The first few chapters gets off to a good start with Jiang setting the stage on his needs to overcome rejection anxiety and establishing the process framework to strengthen his emotional capabilities. After this initial setup, however, the remainder of the volume suffers from a dragging sense of repetition where little new additional insight is brought forth save for the minor variations within each experiment. The rejection scenarios Jiang places himself in are mostly mundane with only a very gradual ramp up in challenge from Day 1 through 100 (in fact the final experiment is a bit of a letdown IMO). Personal growth definitely takes place but you get the sense that Jiang's fear of rejection is adequately conquered very early on and thus a good portion of the book comes across as filler.
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