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Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection Hardcover – April 14, 2015
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“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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I gained a lot of useful tips in this book. You don't know what if it's possible if you don't ask. And if you get a no ask why? It could open other doors for you!Published 16 days ago by Esther Smith
JIA JANG’S 100 days of rejection is without a doubt one of the best books I have read on this topic. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Scott B. Allan
Great read. Jia bring great insight into every day situations which overwhelm all of us. Would recommend to one and all. Thoroughly enjoyed d it.Published 25 days ago by Amitabh hajela
Great book...I have to say, I am thinking differently after reading this book, thanks for putting this in perspective, I will do my rejection journey, I don't know I have the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jijoy George
This book provided me with the missing piece of the puzzle. I never knew how much rejection diminished my life until now. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Richard B
Interesting common sense approach to overcoming fears that might paralyze us. Also, Jia presents his material in a very engaging and humorous way.Published 1 month ago by Joe Santy
Good read, uses a lot of examples from his process and enjoyed his layout of lessons from each chapter. I'll need to read through again to soak it all in.Published 2 months ago by uso