‘Fake it till you make it’ is one of the many clichés you encounter in the professional world. It’s also a phrase that receives a lot of negative attention. That negativity isn’t because it’s a cliché though, it’s because it’s perceived as horrible advice.
What if all the naysayers are simply misunderstanding or misusing this saying though? Perhaps there is a case to be made in favour this philosophy after all.
‘Fake it till you make it’ philosophy
The idea behind ‘fake it till you make it’ shouldn’t be about bamboozling others, lying to get a job or project or fooling yourself into delusions of grandeur. Instead it should be about having the confidence to develop or deploy your skills and take that next, sometimes daunting, step towards your goal.
‘Fake it till you make it’ is a philosophy best used:
Keep in mind, though, you can still show confidence even when you are short on knowledge by asking questions. Smart questions show you care about learning and improving on an area where you might be lacking.
Permission to consider yourself made
Many very successful people fight imposter syndrome. They fail to accept that they’ve had some sort of role in their own success.
The golden rule of ‘fake it till you make it’ is that you have to maintain enough self-awareness to know when you’re no longer faking, but naturally executing the tasks and responsibilities which used to be so unnerving.
Recognise when you’ve made it and be confident about your success.
(Hat tip to Kenny Louie for the photo)