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Rejection 90 – Get a Ride on a Bucket Truck

Six month ago I was working in my office on the 16th floor, the tallest in the building. I saw the high-rise window cleaners climbing down a rope on the side of the building, washing the windows outside floor by floor. I asked myself: how much would they have to pay me to do this as a regular job? $100 an hour? $200 an hour? The number kept going up and up. And every time I started to be tempted to take the imaginary deal; I started thinking about my wife, my kid, and how much my life means to them. I then tore up the imaginary offer and said NO with an imaginary stern voice to the imaginary hiring manager. I went on to pat myself on the back for being a good husband and father… imaginary rejection never felt so good. But deep down, I knew I turned it down because heights are scarier to me than any movie scene with zombies and ghosts.

Today as I was walking by a store, I saw two people working on a bucket truck. I have always had a secret desire to climb on top of one of those and move around in the air. It seems cool and thrilling and not as scary as the height of skyscrapers. Therefore, as part of my Rejection Therapy I approached them and asked for the ride of my life. Did I get it?

 

If I can experience thrills like this once a day for the rest of my life, the Dos Equis Man would be offering to exchange lives with me!

Learning: After we graduate school and enter the professional world, we always live our lives as if they were planned or part of a large scheme. We rarely do spontaneous and fun things anymore. But we should! Whether we get a rejection or not, these things make life much more colorful and worth-living.

  • Ginger F

    Has anyone ever been reprimanded or fired for fulfilling a request? The bucket truck one was great, but it seems like there are some major safety concerns and it would have been complicated if you’d been injured. I know you’ve been rejected other times because of company rules. But have you thought about blurring out faces to protect folks who might not be aware that they’re violating company policies?

    • Jia

      Ginger, they own the truck and company and they could make this decision. Plus, before I went up, I was strapped to the safety cable and everything.

      As for company rules, I don’t make any request that I perceive to be malicious/dangerous/rule-violating. If they were against the rules, I will let the people whom I interact with tell me, and they have indeed done so a few times.

  • Suzy

    I think you made their day!!