When Faking It Doesn’t Make It: Lessons From Elizabeth Holmes, Part 1

Source: American Consequences
by Kim Iskyan

“’Fake it till you make it’ may be solid advice if you struggle with self-confidence, feel like you’re underqualified, or are consumed by self-doubt. It’s a command to imitate competence (via supreme self-assuredness and overwhelming optimism) in the hopes of achieving your desired result (and/or attaining some actual aptitude) before you plummet to earth, Wile E. Coyote-chasing-Road-Runner-off-a-cliff style. However, ‘fake it till you make it’ is a terrible motto to tattoo on the inside of your eyelids if, in fact, you do not know what you’re doing — and are actually in way over your head (and thus you lack self-confidence and are plagued by self-doubt, because, well, you’re completely and undeniably unqualified). Or, even worse, if you’re in a situation where ‘faking it’ can lead to something disastrous for yourself and others.” (01/11/22)