The better version of Fake it till ya make it is to Believe it till ya be it.
Inexperienced people often resort to faking it. Believing that in order to become a top performer they must act like a top performer. Assuming that being under-qualified assures failure.
During my time of career confusion I applied to become a Financial Advisor. I shadowed people in the field, read the books, watched the movies… I was hooked. At the interview I spoke like the best of em. Fiduciary this, speculation that, variables, markets etc…
I was clueless. The interviewer could tell.
People hate fake… and they should. You will get called out and it will hurt.
So rather than faking it just believe it. Rather than pretending you are the best, believe you will be.
Everyone has been under-qualified while in their career at some point in time.
Naval Ravikant is the co-owner of AngelList and an early investor in Twitter, Uber and other hugely successful start-ups. He often says “If I always did what I was qualified to do I’d probably be pushing a broom”.
Harsh, but a good point. Very few people are experts from the get-go.
So don’t be afraid to be “under-qualified“.
Remember that a healthy amount of “ego” is a good thing.
Ego provides opportunity. Whoever first decided to become “The Boss” or CEO must have had quite a “ego” to step up.
Effort results in experience and experience builds skill.
Its healthy to believe you will be the best.
Effort provides experience and experience builds skill.
Don’t be fake. Make an effort. Have a healthy ego.