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September 10, 2013

“When you’re not out there and getting rejected, you’re rejecting yourself.”

Jia Jiang

I’ve always been terrified of rejection. I don’t know why, or where it came from, but it’s been a huge motivator in my life, especially recently. I often hide myself out of this fear, because it’s safe. “It’s better to deal with my own rejection than the rejection of others,” I tell myself.

But that’s a lie.

No wonder I’m so hard on myself to an unhealthy degree, when I reject myself time and time again by fearing to act.

It’s easy for me to be honest when I write, because it’s just me. I only have my own approval to deal with, and I have no one else looking back at me to immediately accept or reject my words.

There are no outside expectations when you’re staring at a keyboard. There are only your own thoughts.

But, I don’t want to live through my writing.

I don’t want my writing to be the only place I can be truly honest, because that is the makings of a very lonely life.

Everyday is a new adventure, and I am vowing to live it like that.

Jia Jiang used to fear rejection as well. Then he fell in love with it, because he started seeking it. And you know what? He never got turned down. He got to do things like drive a cop car, because he was brave enough to ask.

Here’s his story. I hope it inspires you as much as it has me.

<p><a href=”″>Jia Jiang</a> from <a href=””>Chris Guillebeau</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

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