What The Hell Does “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” Mean, Anyway?
You take action – even when you’re not ready!
You take action – even when you’re scared shitless!
You take action – even when you do NOT have all of your ducks in a row!
You take action – even when you’re not sure of the outcome!
“Fake It ‘Til You Make It” is facing your fear by taking the action that you’re afraid of taking!
My friend Shelly points out a really dishonest aspect of Fake It ‘Til You Make It (FITYMI) that she sees in her Human Resources career: candidates LYING on their resumes!
Lying is fucking bullshit!
“‘Fake it til you make it’ means nothing.” Hear this in Gary Vaynerchuk’s own words!
And I 100% agree with this from Gary, because the context that I just heard him talk about it on Twitter was “buying Supreme clothing for $400 so you can empress other people – that you don’t even like – is bullshit.”
Pretending you’re rich, when you’re not, is fake. Renting a fancy car to impress others is fake. Padding your job resume with abilities you do not have is fake.
What’s my FITYMI Remix
The Reid Walley remix of “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” (FITYMI) is: “facing your fears of making a mistake in front of others – and still taking action.”
A definition from Wikipedia: The phrase “fake it till you make it” is similar in meaning to the idiom “act as if.”
Fake It Til You Make It is a psychology mindset. Your internal dialog forces your body to generate an external behavior (smile, slow down your speaking pace, pause, breathe, sit up straight) – even though your knees are wobbly, your hands are sweaty, your face is flush, and your stomach is full of butterflies! Your mentally forcing youself to take an action that you’re afraid to take! You are literally FAKING your way through 5 minutes of a speech, or 20 of pitching your startup, or 30 mins of a job interview – when all you want to do is not show up, or freak out, or hyperventilate, or throw up.
Fake It Til You Make It is the internal mindset of remote-controlling your external body language.