Have you ever been rejected? That’s like asking if you’ve ever drank water. Rejection is a part of the human experience. But…have you ever purposefully been rejected…over and over again? Today’s guest has.
At the risk of giving away too much of his story, today’s guest, Jia Jiang, went on a rejection journey. After facing a crippling rejection, he started rejection therapy by purposefully seeking out opportunities to be rejected.
After his journey, he had a breakthrough. He realized that rejection isn’t something you should shy away from, but something that you can use to your advantage.
Darin Sargent was born with a gift. It might not look like a gift to you and me, but Darin thinks it is.
Darin was born with only one hand. Here’s what he writes about it:
I have been born with a unique gift of having only one hand and it has helped me see life from a different perspective than most. I believe what you read on my blog and in my books will reveal that to you and in some way help you with the challenges that life seems to often bring our way.
I don’t know what Darin would be doing today if he had two hands. But I do know this…that when he walks into a room full of antsy teenagers to tell them that they can overcome obstacles, two-handed Darin doesn’t stand a chance. One-handed Darin, on the other hand, commands immediate attention.
So you’ve been knocked down. Now what? How do you bounce back from defeat? That’s what today’s episode is all about.
The reality of life is that you will suffer defeat. There will be times when you choke, succumb to pressure, or just lose it in the furnace that is a stressful and important situation.
At almost every major golf tournament each year, someone “blows it.” Someone who has never won a major championship before (there are four each year), leads with 18 holes to go. Or perhaps even only three or four holes. And they “find a way to lose.”
Do you ever hear the voices?
The voices that say you’re too old or too young, too plain or too pretty, too this or too that. You’ve failed too much, started too late, grew up too poor, or you’re inadequate in some way. The voices tell you that your disadvantages will always be just that…disadvantages. They will always hold you back and keep you from unleashing the World Changer that you are.
But what if you could turn your worst disadvantages into your biggest advantages? Yes, even the ones that have haunted you for years, kept you up at night, and crippled your development.
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13 moves in 14 years
When I was growing up, I moved 13 times by the age of 14. And not just across town either. I lived in 11 different cities and went to 8 different schools.
I felt like life was out to get me. I never stayed in the same school for more than one year. As a result, I never had a friendship last more than one year. The three years I actually stayed in the same city and house from 4th to 6th grade, my best friend moved after 5th grade and I was rezoned for 6th. The bad breaks would almost comical if it weren’t for the pain that it caused at the time.
I felt lonely, isolated, and always the outsider. I never felt rooted. But…