Jia Jiang was once living the dream, with a six-figure salary, a wonderful wife and a lovely house – however, he wasn't happy because he was afraid to follow his dream. Rejection Proof will teach you how to tackle rejection head-on, discover the benefits of being rejecting, and provide you with a number of tools for self-improvement.
What does the book say?
Rejection in life is common, however letting it rule you is a huge mistake.
Jia Jiang realised he wasn't very good at dealing with rejection and launching a personal finance app, and receiving a resounding “no” from a potential investor.
To deal with this fear, he decided to embark on a 100-day rejection journey
Our fear of rejection is rooted in our human instinct for survival.
Being rejected would have once meant you facing dangerous animals or environments alone, but in the modern day this fear is more of a handicap than a precaution.
Rejection is not an objective, final answer. It's not a personal judgement. It is solely the subjective opinion of others, and oftentimes the answer is merely to try again.
JK Rowling submitted her first Harry Potter manuscript to 12 publishers, and all 12 rejected it.
Your goal should be to feel comfortable and happy with who you are, rather than just trying to be accepted by others. Constant approval-seeking leads to an unfulfilled life.
What actions should I take?
The next time you're rejected by something, be curious about why you were rejected, and learn and adapt.
Understanding rejection can help you better understand and empathise with others.