The #100rejections Challenge

No one likes rejections. I hate it just as much as everyone else.

SKG is currently running an Entrepreneurship course at XIME. He had all his students create and publish a dialogflow chatbot. Most of the got rejected but their response to the rejection was phenomenal.

They exclaimed, “Rejected Successfully!”!

That’s when I realised that the sting of getting rejected can be converted to a fun and joyous experience as well! (Read Sijo’s detailed blog here)

Fearing rejection and not doing the things you are supposed to be doing makes absolutely no sense. And so I undertake the #100rejections challenge.

I first came across this in a TED talk. In the talk, the speaker, Jia Jiang describes how he made it a point to get rejected every single day, for 100 days. Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.

Since this is easier said than done, I quickly forgot about it.

I recently came across Enfa’s blog where she was taking up the #100rejections challenge. That got me to reconsider taking up the challenge. (Read Enfa’s blog here)

Off late, I’ve also started applying to programs and writing to people. It only feels right to take up the challenge so that I thicken by skin and take what’s coming on my chin. So there we go, I take up the #100Rejections, #RejectedSuccessfully challenge!

I’ll look to keep updating my efforts and their status below:

  1. Applied to Girls 20 Delegation: #RejectedSuccessfully
  2. Applied to Kerala Startup Mission Fellowship: #AwaitingResult
  3. Wrote to Brenda Darden Wilkerson, President and CEO, AnitaB.Org: #AwaitingResponse