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Rejection 60 [Special] – My First College Lecture

When I stumbled upon this article on regrets, I couldn’t help but imagine what my life would have been if I hadn’t made the decision to pursue my dream to become an entrepreneur last year. I would still be collecting paychecks and live a life others expected of me… and I would still be filled with regrets.

Now, after I embarked upon my entrepreneurial journey and fought rejection with rejection, I saw many miraculous things happening in my life which I will for sure smile upon when I get old. I got a box of Olympic symbol shaped donuts, found a job in one day, got Jeff Probst to sing a song to my son, and so many more. Now, I fulfilled another life-long dream – to give a lecture to college students (background episode).

Before class started, for rejection of the day, I asked the students a very personal question – what do you fear the most, and what are you going to do about it? I thought no one was going to answer that question to a stranger without any context.

When you are fulfilling a life-long dream, you take it seriously. After researching and pondering upon the topic, I decided to use the biblical story of Apostle Paul spreading Christianity as an example of communication and rejection in social change. Based on the feedback from both students and Professor Rollins, I have connected with them very well.

Oh, and the rejection, I didn’t get one! I was very surprised that more than one students chimed in on their greatest fear. I don’t know the exact reason, but my hypothesis is that young people like college students are much more open to expressing their feelings than older people. After all, they haven’t had to put on the façade of invincibility workplace and society have forced upon them yet.

What do you think?

Learning: In her famous TED talk, Dr. Brene Brown described the power and necessity of vulnerability. Maybe in this sense, we can all learn something from college students.

  • Lloyd Lee IV

    I listened to your podcast with Nathan Chan on Foundr today and had to come and look up this blog post after hearing you talk about it! I face rejection nearly every day with my startup as I try to sell a new concept to small and locally owned businesses so I can relate. I’ve become inspired to try and give a lecture about rejection as well – I will pitch my idea to professors at schools in the area I live. Looking forward to this challenge! Thanks for the inspiration!