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Failing to fail…

Jia Jiang is an Austin entrepreneur who runs his own technology start-up– a tough gig.  The experience of being repeatedly turned down for funding was demoralizing… and led him to conclude that he had to overcome his fear of rejection if he was to become more confident and make his business a success.

So, inspired by a concept called Rejection Therapy, Jiang resolved to make at least one crazy request– and to score a “no”– every day for 100 days. “My goal is to desensitize myself from the pain of rejection and overcome my fear,” he explains on the blog he started to document his quest, 100 Days of Rejection Therapy.

The best laid plans…  Jiang hit a bump on the third day of his quest.  He walked into a Krispy Kreme in his hometown and asked for the Olympic Rings as donuts.  Jackie Braun, the shift supervisor who took the order simply asked when he needed them.  “15 minutes,” Jiang replied…  and 15 minutes later, Braun returned with these:

Jiang took his unwanted success philosophically, “I am officially a fan of Jackie at Krispy Kreme.”

Read the whole story at the MailOnline.  And follow Jiang’s quest (and see the videos that record his experience with Jackie and his other “assignments”) on his blog; he’s up to Day 13 as of this writing, and hasn’t yet again been surprised by success.

[TotH to Dell Pell’s terrific Next Draft]


As we ask directions to the Valley of Death, we might recall that today, the birthday of both Jonathan Swift and Samuel Clemens– Mark Twain– is, appropriately enough, also the birthday of Abbot Howard “Abbie” Hoffman.  A political and social activist (and “performance satirist”), Hoffman co-founded the Yippies and was one of the Chicago Seven… among many other colorful acts of protest.  (His FBI file ran to 13,262 pages).

Hoffman died in 1989.  At his funeral basketball great Bill Walton suggested that “Abbie was not a fugitive from justice; justice was a fugitive from him.” And perhaps more traditionally, Rabbi Norman Mendell said in his eulogy that Mr. Hoffman’s long history of protest, though antic, was “in the Jewish prophetic tradition, which is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

“Democracy is not something you believe in or hang your hat on, but something you do. You participate. If you stop doing it, democracy crumbles and falls. If you participate, the future is yours.”
– Abbie Hoffman


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November 30, 2012 at 1:01 am

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