On its face, “Pretend you’re good at it” is a lot like “Fake it til you make it,” but actually, it’s vastly superior. Here’s why: “Fake it til you make it” assumes that you will, at some point, “make it.” The idea that I might “make it” at some point is too much pressure. When am I going to make it? Why haven’t I made it yet? Why am I still faking it 20 years in? Am I inherently incapable of making it? Also, “faking it” has an air of subterfuge about it, and implies that someone might at some point realize you’re a fake. (I’ve really thought this through.)
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