For day 42 of #100DaysOfDiscomfort, I asked a stranger if they would take my dollar.
I was inspired by Jia Jiang’s $5-rejection-challenge. In Jia’s challenge, he asks 4 strangers if they would take his $5 bill. Behavioral psychologist Dan Ariely personally suggested this challenge to Jia.
I had a $1 dollar bill, so I did the challenge with $1.
I also recorded the ordeal successfully following Jia’s method!
Here’s my video of the experience:
What I Learned
I would’ve liked to experienced rejection with this one. Next time, I’ll prepare by having more dollars so I can repeat the challenge. But it was still beneficial to endure the weirdness of the challenge.
I went to this lady because I thought she would take the money. The guys I saw looked old and mean and scary. What would happen if I pushed myself to go for the challenge of asking the scary people?
I wonder if I did the challenge with more money, would people be less likely to take it? It would certainly be more uncomfortable for me!
Above all, this challenge made me happy. I loved bestowing a weird but nice surprise to a stranger.