Fake it till you make it

August 17, 2013
Fake it till you make it

Ever feel like you don’t own your success? Or you don’t have the skills to be doing what you’re doing? It’s an actual thing. Psychologists call it the “impostor syndrome.” The fear of being perceived as a fake holds you back from pushing for bigger and more challenging opportunities. And the funny part is, most people who feel this way are actually incredibly capable.

From my experience, this rings true more for women than men. I’ve seen it in action. Even Sheryl Sandberg wrote about in her book Lean In.

The resolution? Fake it till you make it. Hold on. Don’t get carried away with your disdain for the phrase. I’m not encouraging you to be deceitful or intentionally harm others. Sometimes you just need an extra boost of courage. So, you fake confidence. Or try to sell an idea that was thrown together at the last minute. It helps you feel more credible when you’re out of your comfort zone. It’s more of a fake it till you believe it. You won’t always know how to do everything right off the bat. Just know you can figure it out along the way.

You’re better than you think! How do you learn not to listen to that voice and achieve great things?

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