Fake it till you make it is a catchphrase that suggests that confidence can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Nobody knows exactly what they're doing the first time. It is often a good idea just to run with a new responsibility, even if you feel you have no idea what you're doing. There are obviously limits to this. However, the sensation that you're a little over your head is a sign that you're growing.
AuthenticityFake it till you make it isn't necessarily unauthentic. For example, those with grit may not feel the need to constantly voice their weaknesses, doubts and fears to others. Generally speaking, a willingness to project confidence in the face of fear isn't unauthentic.
So long as you are all right, firmly in your saddle, your horse in hand, and well armed, lots of enemies will give you a wide berth. But as soon as you have lost a stirrup, have a rein cut, have dropped your weapon, are wounded, or your horse is wounded, then is the moment when from all quarters enemies rush upon you.From a pragmatic perspective, it is often necessary to project confidence to win opportunities, deter challenges and lead teams in the real world.
~ Winston Churchill
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Exerting confidence when you're out of your depth.
Moving forward with confidence in the face of doubt, uncertainty and challenge.
Also Known As
Leap of Faith
The path to growth is filled with challenges and there is no reason for this to shake your confidence.
Faking it too hard may be seen as a lack of candor.Taken too far, faking it can represent an unacceptable risk.
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