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Why rejection is awesome – Jia Jiang’s 100 day challenge
What is it?
Would you feel comfortable asking complete a stranger for $100? How about asking for a free room in a hotel? Don’t worry– you’re not alone in fearing rejection.
These might be extreme examples, but how many times do you let a little social anxiety get in the way of asking for what you really want? Jia Jiang’s YouTube channel is dedicated to tackling the fear of rejection, having set out on a 100-day challenge to throw caution to the wind and make whatever unlikely request pops into his head.
Why do we like it?
- The results can be hilarious – but they may surprise you too. Jiang’s experiment succeeds in boosting his own self-confidence, but it also says a lot about the kindness of strangers. Who would have expected he’d be granted permission to play soccer in a stranger’s back yard, for instance, or convince a cop to sit in the driver’s seat of his police car?
- Filming rejections is one thing, but it’s Jia Jiangs personality which really makes his channel a success. Always friendly and likeable – even when his requests are baffling – Jiang is usually able to win over his subjects even as his requests are denied. Having been rejected the opportunity to make an intercom announcement at Costco, for example, his people skills win him a free meal courtesy of the store’s manager.