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Rejection 41 – Sit in Police Car’s Driver’s Seat

Rejection is feared, and so are people with authority. Rejection from people with authority is terrifying.

In our society, police officers often represent authority, especial when they are handing out speeding tickets. Moreover, with guns, handcuffs and pepper sprays on their belts, they don’t have the most welcoming present. Compounded by the fact that police officers are often portrayed in a dramatic and negative lights in the media and on the web, very few people walk up to them to strike up a conversation.

To test and conquer fear, I wanted to get rejected by anyone, including people with authority. Therefore, I walked up to an officer asking to do something I have always wanted – sitting in the drive seat of a police car.

After some nervous laughter and sweating, I was surprised by how easy he let me do it. There was no negotiation, just a straight ‘yes’. After all, police officers are just people like you and me. Being treated with respect, they often give respect back. However, their jobs have also trained them to sense unusual body languages and behaviors. Had I been overly nervous or presumptuous, it might have turned out differently.

Learning: people with authority are people first. They are governed by the same physical and emotional rules like the rest of us. Don’t act weird in front them, or you might get an easy rejection, or worse.

  • Sam

    You are AWESOME! Never give up on your dream, keep pushing

  • Mike

    I think everyone can learn from and appreciate your personality. Genuine people don’t come along that often. Your family and friends are lucky to know someone with the spirit you have.
    I think your capital is just around the corner.

    • Jia

      Much thanks for your encouraging words, Mike.

  • Lu

    I love this! Glad you had the guts to ask if you could sit in the drivers seat.

  • Dash

    Nice! I’ve only sat in the back, and I didn’t even have to ask.

  • RE

    My son always gets a thrill when he`s let in the driver`s seat of an ambulance, fire truck, and once he was let into a tank! Love your blog, now, would you try to date top model girls, just ask them for a date, be carefull what you are asking for cause they just might say yes!

  • Marisol

    Jia, you are an inspiration and your blog has renewed my belief in the good of humanity. Thank you! Kudos to your wife as well for giving you the opportunity to follow your dream. I am wishing you lots of success!

  • Andrea Waltz (@GoforNo)

    Great one 😉


    YOU can not count this as a rejection. This was a wonderful lesson I have shared with a 5th grade class; policemen are reasonable people/ moms & dads who do a day’s work.