Fake It Till You Make: Overcoming your fear of the new

The Joys of ReadingWe often hear someone tell a newbie at something to fake it till you make it. Wikipedia, the lazy man’s encyclopedia (I love it.), states that this saying “suggests by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can realize those qualities in their real life.”

Now, here we are talking about behaviors, not competences. It’s never okay to say you can speak Spanish or write code when you’ve never done it before. And it isn’t okay to misrepresent yourself. But it is okay, and often wise, to put a smile on even when you aren’t feeling it.

Too often, we wait until we think we’re ready, until we’re feeling it. Unfortunately, our feelings often work against us. Two things feelings are good for, to protect us from threats or from falling on our faces. These are the very risks that we have to face when we attempt something new. Continue reading “Fake It Till You Make: Overcoming your fear of the new”