When someone wants to be rejected with all their heart, it takes a strong imagination to come up with a request so impossible that it’s embarrassing to even try. Today, to demonstrate rejection to the visiting documentary crew – Wayward Nation, I came up with an idea – drive to an airfield and ask a random pilot if we can fly his plane. Considering everything that could go wrong with flying a plane, there is absolutely no way he would say ‘yes’ to this request… right?
There were times I was surprised, there were times I was shocked, and there was the one time I was speechless. This was that time.
As I was going in and out of clouds or skimming over cornfields, I asked myself: what if I had never asked? I would not have had the best flight of my life. I would not even have had regret, because I would not have known such thing was possible. My 100 Days of Rejection Therapy has demonstrated one principle over and over again – you will never get it if you don’t ask first.
Of course, when someone says ‘yes’ to my request, there is always some motivation. It could be intrinsic ones such as helping me and seeing the smile on my face, or extrinsic ones such as letting me know about what he is doing. In this case, I suspect there was a little of both and he admitted as such.
1. The Bible says “Seek and ye shall find.” Rejection Therapy taught me “Ask and ye could receive.”
2. Don’t be embarrassed by your request, because the other person might be motivated to say ‘yes’. The best requests provide a win-win outcome for all parties involved.