Maureen experimented with getting rejected to overcome her fear of it. Her journey took impressive turns before providing mind-boggling results.
The need to be accepted by family, friends, loved ones and ultimately at school and work is not an alien concept. Many people strive to do their best and move forward to succeed. However, amid this mindset, a fear of rejection builds up and it often becomes a setback in one’s personal growth. Content creation coach Maureen Evelyn (@maureensmarketing) took on the bizarre challenge of getting rejected to overcome the fear of rejection and it did her wonders. Sharing her journey in an Instagram video, the woman explained that she decided to get rejected “as many times as possible.” “I applied to Harvard as a joke,” Evelyn said. However, to her surprise, instead of getting rejected, she got waitlisted.
This turned things around for Evelyn and she changed her perception of the whole idea of rejection. She said, “I realized that maybe if you apply for the things you wanna do, if you apply for crazy opportunities, you actually might get accepted.” After getting waitlisted at a prestigious university like Harvard, Evelyn decided to try her luck further on her rejection quest. “I decided to be delusional and apply for a job at a marketing agency,” she revealed. The twist, however, was that Evelyn didn’t have a college degree and the job mandated the former. While many would have given up, Evelyn decided to apply anyway based on what happened with her Harvard application.
“This was over a year ago and at the time, I was 18. They offered me a job at $40,000 at the age of 18,” Evelyn recalled. Once again, far from her imagination, she was offered a job out of the blue. “I outrighted the 50-year-olds who were applying for the job. Then I realized, "If you want to do something, apply.” Evelyn wasn’t satisfied and still wanted to get rejected. To overcome her rejection she applied to model. “I got rejected. When I asked them why, they said I looked too ethereal for the campaign,” Evelyn added. The woman further wanted to face more rejection to get over her fear so she asked two random guys whether she could spontaneously join them for dinner.
As much as anyone wouldn’t like the interference and would disapprove, the two men agreed. “Go get yourself rejected,” Evelyn concluded. @ohcloudgirl commented, “This is solid advice, love this!” @order.oftheteaspoon_ said, "You genuinely do not know until you ask!” Evelyn posted another follow-up video to share what she learned from her experience. “I wanted to motivate more people to get rejected because it made me less scared so I started sending it to famous magazines,” she said. She successfully mentioned that after sending her story out to random LinkedIn profiles, not one of them accepted it. “Nobody emailed me back. I sent tons of these because I wanted more people to get motivated,” she added.
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Towards the end of the video, Evelyn revealed that she didn’t take up the job she was offered and instead began her own business. Overcoming her fear of rejection helped Evelyn to get up and start strong toward her dream goals. As the caption of her previous video reads, “Rejection therapy helped me take more action toward my dream life.” @toxicluvxo commented, “When I started my business, I was afraid to reach out to potential clients out of fear of rejection. Till I started and… got rejected. That's when I realized rejection wasn’t so bad after all.” @timotheous_w said, “As crazy as that sounds, this is a great way to learn fast.”
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