Has it ever crossed your mind to walk into a PetSmart and ask for a haircut? What about asking to purchase 1/4 of a shrimp at your local grocery store?
If these sound absurd… then I know I’m writing for a sane audience. If not, then you’re either off your rocker or a big fan of Jia Jiang.
Who Is Jia Jiang?
In 2013 Jia Jiang completed 100 Days of Rejection Therapy. As the name implies, Jia made absurd requests for 100 straight days to help him overcome his fear of rejection. He recognized that his fear of rejection was a huge stumbling block in attaining his personal and career goals, and decided to do something about it.
Jia Jiang does not live in fear alone. Would you be anxious walking into Petsmart and asking for a haircut? Would you be anxious requesting the grocer quarter a shrimp for you?
Or what about this; would you be anxious asking a school or preschool to distribute advertising for your piano studio?
If you’re like me, the answer is yes! I am not at all comfortable approaching people with requests to hand out a brochure or support a piano studio fundraiser or participate in a local music event.
But I have done it. And I continue to do it. And it does get easier.
Rapid Studio Growth
If you’re a new piano teacher or a new piano teacher in town, getting out into the community, meeting people, making friends, and asking for support is a necessary step towards rapid studio growth. But for many, it’s simply too terrifying and so they exist in anonymity and take the much less attractive path of slow growth.
And I don’t blame them. I know exactly how these piano teachers feel. But I also know how good it feels to overcome that fear. And I have experienced the success that comes along with it.
So, if you’re an introverted piano teacher like myself, I encourage you to start your own little experiment; 100 Days of Rejection Therapy: Piano Style. Get out into the community and start letting the world know what you have to offer.
Oh… and are you wondering if Jia actually got the PetSmart haircut? Watch the video below…