April 15, 2015

Jia Jiang — The Rejection Guy
Category: 2015 Event, Speaker Announcements


We’ve all had those moments… the girl you wanted to ask out, but didn’t; the great idea you came up with, but kept to yourself; the raise you deserved, but never requested. We hesitate because we are afraid of being rejected. By not pursuing our desires, however, the ones doing the rejecting of us… is us!

Jia Jiang is proud to call himself “The Rejection Guy.” Creator of 100 Days of Rejection, speaker, and author of a new book, Rejection Proof, he knows first-hand how the fear of rejection can hold us back. The tendency to avoid it at all costs can be detrimental to our lives, our careers, our dreams. His profound insight: “Rejection is like chicken: it’s either yummy or yucky, depending on how you cook it.”

As a speaker at TEDxMtHood 2015, Jia will take us down a road less traveled to the extreme — a road where rejection, instead of being avoided, is deliberately and actively sought. He asks complete strangers questions like, “Can I play soccer in your back yard? Take your patrol car for a spin? Fly your plane?” Of course, no house owner, cop, or private pilot would ever say yes to such outlandish requests, right? Come and find out. Jia’s odyssey of discovery reveals a world hidden in plain sight, a world where people are much kinder than we imagine, in which rejection can be much less painful than we believe, and the fear of rejection much more destructive than we know. “Strengthen your courage muscle,” he implores. “Nothing ventured” might end up being much worse than nothing gained. It could mean everything lost.

So, we boldly asked Jia to be one of our speakers this year and “the Rejection Guy” said yes! Come to TEDxMtHood on May 2 to hear Jia’s story of embracing of rejection and a dozen talks with big ideas worth spreading.

Watch Jia Jiang’s attempts to get people to read his book:

Ted Moeller

Feeling called to be part of the TEDx team—by name even!—Ted Moeller is a dual citizen of Canada and the United States. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces (a paratrooper chaplain) to plant a church in Vancouver, Washington. Ted loves the Pacific Northwest—its coffee, microbrews, sports teams, even its weather! In addition to being a pastor he is also a professor at Concordia University. Formerly, he was a high school basketball coach, a disk jockey, and co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (in 1988, sharing it with 35,000 other peacekeepers!). He married Patricia Chylla of Bloomfield Hills, MI, a third of a century ago. They have two children, Laura and Rebecca, and a Labrador named Kona.