To create value for clients it takes time to slowly realize what is important and to test different ideas. But at the same time, it’s hard to test ideas if you’ve never had clients, so many people in the web design industry and likely other industries as well have to ‘fake it til we make it’ and then do their absolute best to fulfill that promise.
Where’s the balance?
The pro’s and con’s of faking it til’ you make it
On one hand you could get many more experiences, both positive and negatively if you rush into your chosen career without knowing exactly what you’re doing. In fields like brain surgery or being an attorney you might kill someone or ruin someone’s life if you fail, but if you try to pretend you know how to drive a tow truck you’re more likely to destroy a car than a life.
So the pros of faking it til you make it is a lot more experience quickly potentially if people afford you more opportunities.
The cons of faking it til you make it is you might actually learn less because people will be scared of explaining things to you and/or they might assume you understand something when you don’t.
I think the answer is somewhere in between
The beauty of the mindset of fake it til you make it comes when you confidently put yourself out there and push to fulfill the created expectations.'We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.' -Kurt Vonnegut Click To Tweet
So if you go into something where you are pushing to fulfill what you project, it does allow you to learn and grow and become what you are meant to be. The trick is to be genuine in the process and that seems to contradict with the original premise but bear with me.
There is often a sense of reaching and aspiration with our professional careers – I want to give you permission to take life that way. To aspire, to be confident and to bite off more than you can chew sometimes. The great part about that is that it stretches you and can help you blossom into new skills and new roles. If you do this with a lightness about yourself, and attempt to be authentic while stretching and people will appreciate it and respect it.
Less faking it, more making it, and being OK with not knowing everything when taking on new responsibilities. But I still feel like the general idea behind ‘fake it til’ you make it,’ is right on point, and the people that do this and hustle to fulfill expectations win more often.