Why Fake It Till You Make It Is Dumb And What To Do Instead

Do you wonder why fake it till you make it is dumb?

You probably heard of the term fake it till you make it before.

I have heard it numerous times and even when I first heard it and was introduced to the idea I thought it was a little bit dumb.

If you do fake it till you make it and it has worked for you then that’s fine, I wouldn’t call you anything just because I don’t like the technique, whatever works for you works.

I will get to my reasons why I feel like fake it till you make it is dumb in just a minute but I want to talk about what’s fake it till you make just in case you never heard or understand this concept.

What Is Fake It Till You Make It?

Fake It Till You Make it is a concept where you pretend to be something that you are not or that you have some ability that you do not have until you become that someone or have that talent.

For example, if you are uncomfortable talking to people, then you pretend that you are comfortable talking to people until you are comfortable talking to people if that makes sense.

Now like I said before, this does work for some people but it also doesn’t work for some people like myself.

Next, I’m going to explain how I came across it, my experience with fake it till you make it,  and I will explain why fake it till you make it is dumb and what I found that works a lot better than fake it until you make it.

How I Came Across It

I first came across the fake it till you make it concept on a ted talk that I and my classmates watched in English class.

At the time, I heard of it before but I didn’t understand what it was about until after I watched the Ted Talk in class.

After I watched it, I didn’t resonate with it at all and I thought that fake it till you make it was honestly not the way to go.

I didn’t have any reasons at the time I just didn’t resonate with me.

My Experience With Fake It Till You Make It

I didn’t use fake it till you make it really at all but I did try it out a couple of times to see if it works or not for me.

I used to fake that nobody bothered me that much and that I was happy all the time person and to make a long story short, it didn’t work for me.

I felt like an imposter and a fake and people could tell I was too.

I asked myself if there is another way that is a lot easier than fake it till you make it.

And I did find it, but I will just leave you hanging for a little bit and talk about why I think it’s dumb.

Why Fake It Tell You Make It Is Dumb

why fake it till you make it is dumb

I think that fake it until you make it is dumb.

My first reason why I think that fake it until you make it is dumb is that you feel like an imposter almost the whole time you are faking it, not only that but you will also feel so fake and I know that people don’t like fake people.

You will also not get help from other people because you think or pretend to know it all. You don’t have the room to learn or gain knowledge from someone else if you act this way.

There are some things that you can’t fake too. For example, if you want to call yourself one of the best electricians in the world and you don’t know a single thing and try to do an electrician job, then it will show that you don’t know what you’re doing.

And lastly, it can get pretty exhausting to fake it all the time.

When I faked that nobody could bother me and I was happy all the time, I felt very exhausted and weirdly felt more of the opposite emotions of happiness.

I think that faking is a form of lying, you are pretending to be someone else that you are not.

What You Should Do Instead

What I found that works a lot more that I found from one of Aaron Doughty’s videos is to Be it.

All you will have to do is to allow yourself to be the person that you want to be.

It sounds really simple and it is, but people including myself struggle with doing this because we think that there should be a process that we have to go through and then we could become it but that doesn’t have to be the case.

An example of this is if you struggle to be confident, then simply be the version of you that is confident.

Doing that is so much easier than faking it for most of the time and eventually, you will make it which takes a lot more time and energy to do instead of just allowing yourself to be it.

Also what you can do if you aren’t really into more of the esoteric stuff is to learn a little bit of what you want to do or become.

There are a whole lot of courses and youtube videos out there that you can get a little bit of information from that will help you.

I’m in a course called Wealthy Affiliate that teaches me how to do affiliate marketing by blogging content. If you are interested, I made a review of it. Now moving on, If I just winged it, It would probably take me a little longer to get the success that I Intend to get and would make a lot more mistakes that I could have easily avoided too.

If you are interested in what that is, then click here.

By doing this, you will be able to know what you are doing beforehand instead of winging it and potentially look like a fool.


If you are trying to fake it until you make it, then I would highly recommend to stop doing that and instead become the version of you that you prefer to become and learn a little bit of the stuff that helps you of what you want to become.

It will be a smoother and a somewhat shorter process and you won’t feel fake or an imposter the whole time.

I hope that you guys enjoyed this blog post.

If you have any questions at all or you want to talk about what you think of faking it until you make it, then please leave a comment down below and I will reply to you as soon as I can.

Anyway, have a wonderful day.


  1. Nice article, and well articulated content. While some people will beg to differ, you have provided concrete reasons why fake it till you make it is dumb.

  2. Hey, this resonated with me too, as I know there can be a huge difference between what things are like for you compared with the faking it part. If it is too much of a contrast, it creates dissonance which isn’t a good feeling. It’s possible to learn more about the issue that one is struggling with to help improve on those instead of faking it. Thanks for a great post.

  3. I agree that faking it is dumb. I know it works for some people. But looking at it from the point of view of a client, you don’t want to be taken as a fool. You need to deal with a person who knows what they are doing. Go learn, work hard, be the better version of yourself.

    • I appreciate that you agree. I think that there are certain situations that fake it till you make it kind of works and there are a whole lot of situations that it doesn’t simply work. Thanks for commenting by the way.

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