Rate of Rejection

Note to future self…

For a long time I’ve been wanting to write a post about increasing the rate of failure for my experiments and today is the day.

Today I am starting an experiment whereby I start tracking the number of rejections (explicit) that I get per day. The goal is to get at least one rejection per day. I will track this number in my daily journal.

The purpose of this experiment is two-fold:

  1. I want to get truly comfortable with failure. Quantifying rejection this way will operationalize failure to the point where it truly becomes a numbers game.
  2. I try more stuff. I know that to get explicitly rejected (not just ignored) it means that I have to try a bunch of stuff. Measuring rejection is focusing on the bottom of the funnel, which is what matters. This seems like a better proxy than measuring # of emails sent, tweets, etc. That can vary from day-to-day.

Let’s see how effective this rejection score can be. So far today: 1.

Now back to work…