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Day 39 – Race a Random Person

When asking someone to do something, there is a big difference between a favor and a challenge.

A favor requires the requested to invest time and effort on behalf of someone else. When it comes from a stranger, its success tabs into the altruistic side of the request recipient.

A challenge, on the other hand, tabs into the competitive side of human nature. You can argue that Jackie accepted my request for Olympic ring donuts partly because it was both a favor and challenge.

In my case, because I ran into two people who are training for competition and are probably very competitive in nature, they accepted without hesitation.

Learning: When requesting something, consider turning a favor into a challenge. For example, when you ask for donation to charity from strangers, say “most people won’t donate to charity through a stranger, but we would appreciate it if you are different and can help.”

However, make sure to make it known that first and foremost, what you are requesting is a favor, so it doesn’t turn into anything manipulative, which is both unethical and could backfire.

  • Ari

    gosh that was so much fun

  • Denise

    I love that you are doing this and risking hearing so many no’s. If we could all get use to this I think we’d all succeed. I am rooting for you!

  • waffles

    on day 100, go to a publisher or literary agent or whatever (i don’t know the process, forgive me). and pitch this blog as an idea for a book. 🙂

  • rojopaul

    I’m happy to say you seem to be getting more yeses these days than nos. Regardless, we are all learning so much in the process of YOUR rejection therapy. This was a fun one, I gotta say. And I love that the coach is encouraging too.

  • Jim Salehi

    I don’t think that if you go to a track, where runners and athletes tend to be, and ask a random person to race, “the odds are you’ll be rejected”.

  • Reader

    The coach is gorgeous