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    A lot of people have problems with the phrase “fake it ‘til you make it”. While it’s the nature of clichés to be overused—that’s how they become cliché in the first place, there’s some surprising power of just jumping into something you’re not fully confident in. Many people criticize the practice, because they see it as having a lack of authenticity or causing people to get in over their head. However, depending on the situation, it can be a powerful tool that can be used to push past obstacles and find professional and personal success. Here are 5 reasons why.


    1. Action trumps intention and risk is necessary for success

    Many people take comfort in not being ready. In reading the next how-to article. In taking the next course. In doing anything but actually taking action. We avoid taking action because it’s scary. We stagnate as we wait until we’re “ready”. Success doesn’t come from learning theory and avoiding action, it comes from making small changes, and sometimes, faking it ‘til you make it. If not feeling ready to take action is crippling your success, then you might need to just jump into the pool and do whatever it takes to keep from drowning.


    2. To Stay Balanced, It’s necessary in our fast-paced world

    Gone are the days when you could get your education or apprentice with an expert, settle into your job, and stay there until retirement. The job market is more volatile than ever, people are job-hopping, and our world is overall so fast-paced that it’s difficult to succeed if you’re not adaptable and willing to jump into something you don’t fully understand.


    This is especially true considering the importance of staying balanced between work and life in the technology era where we can constantly be checking emails or messaging clients. Sometimes, faking a little comment saying you’ve checked an email and will respond in the morning can really free up your evening for studying, spending it with friends or working on your side gig,


    With technology constantly changing and the job market demanding new skills that few people possess, the ability to free up time, push past your feelings of doubt and become an expert despite them is a huge asset.


    3. Your passions won’t always be obvious 

    We go around trying to find work we’re passionate about, but not everyone discovers their passions immediately. It can be a process to find out what you want, and sometimes you need to do some exploration before you can make a decision. For example, some teachers in training know that they want to teach—but aren’t sure whether they want to wrangle kindergartners or herd teenage cats. Not being totally sure of what you want is normal—and even if you’re not confident in what you want, that’s no reason to sit around thinking about it until you’re absolutely sure. Test the waters.


    4. Imposter Syndrome is running rampant

    Your mindset is an essential part of your drive and ability to succeed. Unfortunately, a huge number of people have what’s commonly known as Imposter Syndrome. They feel like a fraud when they talk about their abilities or creative passions because they feel like they’re not ready or talented enough to run with the “real” artists, writers, leaders, etc. This is despite evidence to the contrary—indeed, even praise makes people with Imposter Syndrome  Imposter Syndrome holds many people back (especially women) in their careers. If we didn’t keep pushing through despite these doubts, we’d never see any success—fake it ‘til you make it is an essential part of getting through or living with Imposter Syndrome.


    5. Learning as you go gives you practical experience

    Theoretical learning is important, and of course, every employer wants someone who has years of experience in the position they’re hiring for. The reality, of course, is that the perfect candidate isn’t going to come along for every opening. Someone who is willing to learn and grow and take on the challenge of taking on new responsibilities they haven’t had before can often excel, even without the desired years of experience. Gaining practical experience on the job can be scary, and you often have to fake it ‘til you make it and take big risks—but the payoff can be huge.


    When NOT to Fake It

    As many have pointed out, there are some circumstances in which faking it isn’t good advice. Lying on your resume to land a job that you’re completely unqualified for, for instance, or trying to do something complex when you don’t have even basic knowledge on the subject. Doing work that you don’t have the necessary certifications for. Going into debt to buy expensive and luxurious items in order to appear more successful.


    Ethics and general common sense come into play when deciding if faking it is the right choice in any given situation. But if you simply lack confidence and you’re scared of doing something you’re totally capable of, fake away. You could just be setting yourself up for your next success.

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