Michael Peroumal and John Sader share their thoughts on the proverb “Fake It ‘Til You Make It” and discuss several different interpretations of the meaning behind faking it until you make it.
While the the concept can be beneficial and productive (as research into body language and posture has demonstrated) there are dangers in interpretating the phrase as supporting inauthenticity. As such, Michael and John also discuss alternative phrasings that capture the spirit of the idea in a way that is less subject to misinterpretation.
Ultimately, the sentiment behind the phrase is to identify the person that you want to be, and emulating the behaviours that will lead to that outcome – not ‘faking’ being that person, but ‘becoming’ that person instead.
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