Fake it till you make it is a popular phrase that many of us encounter in our lives and many of us use it to get ahead in life. Fake it till you make it can have some benefits in that you are trying to be someone you aspire to be. However, when you pretend to be something you are not, you may be caught up in the “fakeness” that you lose track of your real purpose in life. Furthermore, when you reach to the level that you thought you wanted to make it to, you will discover that you want to move to a higher level and then you start faking again. Therefore, faking may never end.
According to Wikipedia “Fake it till you make it” (or “Fake it until you make it“) is an English aphorism which suggests that by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life and achieve the results they seek.”
Now I know that from a spiritual point of view, the word of Lord says in Romans 4:17 “call those things which be not as though they were.’ Some may argue that this is fake. This is not fake, this is having faith.
The meaning fake is not genuine or counterfeit. Faith is having belief and trust in God.
Don’t fake it
Most people want to make it in life. Some people will do whatever it takes to make it in life even if it means faking your way through life. In one of my previous jobs, I attended a regional meeting and during that meeting, we had some breakout sessions and one of the participants suggested that we fake it till we make it.
Fake it till you make it may work initially but it will cost you in the end. If you know you cannot do something, learn what you want to do and then try it. Don’t fake your role. If acting is not your full time job, then do not act the part, be real and ask for help.
While Wikipedia and some psychologists may suggest that if you fake something, it may eventually become real, this does not work all of the time. The truth always comes out no matter how long you fake something and when the truth comes out, it will cost you.
You don’t need to fake it to impress people or get something you want because if you do, faking may become a part of who you are and soon thereafter you may be faking in all aspects of your life.
The best thing to do is to acquire as much knowledge as possible. It is knowledge and experience that will give you confidence, competence and an optimistic mindset. Once you have knowledge, no one can take this from you and you do not need to be a fake. Yes some people want a short cut and want to make it quickly in life so they fake it. It is not worth it so be real and take your time and you will make it without having to fake your way through it.
Don’t practice and do things that other people do because it sounds good and it worked for some people. The important thing in life is to be who you are. This means you should not be a fake. Imagine going to sleep each night wondering if you will be caught for being fake. Wouldn’t you rather sleep well at nights? If so, then be honest about your shortcomings. Don’t take on assignments you know that you are unable to do. Don’t pretend to be something or someone you are not. Don’t fake it till you make it. However, have faith in everything you do and you will make it.