Don’t Fake It

Jackson's Corner

Let’s ban the phrases “fake it till you make it” and “act as if.” Thanks to these optimistically inclined utterances, there is a preponderance of posers infiltrating every conceivable profession.

I see nothing wrong with a healthy dose of ambition, but if your actual resume consists of flipping a miniature billboard in front of a recently opened Schlotzsky’s you should not be appointed Managing Partner of Roark Capital Group simply because you have “good people skills” and incessantly blurt out buzzwords like “synergy” and “transparency.”

While it’s nice to feel you could “have a beer with” a person in power, I’d forgo the alleged social dynamic in favor of someone with actual experience and qualifications.

There’s a big difference between having imposter syndrome and being an imposter. Often the gap between faking it and making it is larger than it initially appears. Self-actualizing is fine – just don’t do it on my dime.

About Tim: By day I write about work/life issues. By night I pen philosophical fiction, opinion, and snarky humor. Enjoyed the article? Then subscribe for more.

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