Tuesday, July 23, 2013
"Fake It Til You Make It" - we have all heard this advice to act like as if have achieved the level which you pursue. But should we fake it? Is pretending the right way to chase a goal?
I understand the concept of this saying, and believe in the power of visualization for attaining goals, but too many people only "Fake It".... and never seem to move toward their targets. They make public claims of their success that are misleading. They tell lies in the effort to put on airs.
The person who pretends he or she is on the top of his field (when they are not) is not really who they claim to be. I agree with the importance of looking the part, but there is a fine line between putting out an aura of success and being a liar. As one climbs the ladder of success I think it is okay to be honest about where you are on your path.
The saying goes, "It aint bragging if its true"... but if it is not true, then what is it?
I have tried to be honest with myself and others as my career has progressed. Clients need to know what they are getting and your real experience matters. There are plenty of people who are willing to take a risk on someone who is starting out, so there is no need to fake your position.
People make assumptions about others all the time. You will be judged on the realities and the parts that people make up in their own heads. Confuse the two by being fake and you will cloud the realities of your journey.
Have A Great Day