There was once upon a time in my life that all I wanted was to leave the corporate world and be on my own. I failed, and then in spite of, and because of my failure, I succeeded. I built a blog on rejection with 8.5 million Youtube views, wrote a book that was the #1 best-selling on Audible, gave a TED talk with one of the highest views (3.5M) this year, and traveled around the world speaking about rejection and getting paid. This sounds like a great life right? So why am I also spending money, time and energy on building a mobile app? Here is why:
This past week, I met a financial planner named Mark. He’s a superfan of my videos and book, and wanted to meet me for coffee. When we sat down, he told me his story. A year ago, Mark heard one of my talks and decided to use Rejection Therapy to turn his life around. He sat down and listed 100 rejection challenges to get himself out of his comfort zone and work toward his goals. In one year, he got out of a rut and near-depression, doubled his business, qualified for and ran in the Boston Marathon, and found the love of his life, all because of rejection therapy. He even invited me to his wedding.
I was super pumped and proud of Mark. After all, I did help him achieve his dreams. Yet, part of me felt dissatisfied. Knowing the power of Rejection Therapy, I want more, a lot more people like Mark to have and tell me stories like this. But how do I do that?
There are inherent limitations in what I have now. I have a book, a blog, a TED talk, speaking engagements and Rejection Therapy the card game, which I acquired from the original owner. But none of them can step-by-step guide people to carry out rejection challenges toward their goals, improve their user experiences based on real data, and scale up the operations to many more people. There is only one thing that can achieve these goals: technology. More precisely, mobile technology, or a Rejection Therapy app, if you will.
Think about it: 3.5M people watched my rejection TED Talk so far. That’s cool. But what if 3.5 million people could use a Rejection Therapy app that challenges and guides them to get out of their comfort zone and achieve their goals on their own? Think about a cross between P90X and Headspace. Wouldn’t that be a great and useful app?
Building a successful app is hard, very hard. There are over 2.2 million apps in the App Store and the vast majority of them are junk that no one has heard of or used. Moreover, it takes a completely different type of discipline and intellect to build software than to write a book or give a speech. Knowing my limitations, I need help. Your help!
1. If you love trying new things and believe in the power of Rejection Therapy, and want to be one of the first people to test out and provide me with honest feedback for this app, put in your information here. I will enroll you in my testing group.
2. If you are, or know any amazing mobile app (iOS or Android) developers, reach out to me. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas and see if we can work together to make this dream a reality.