Why Fake It Till You Make Is a Lie: Fight Imposter Syndrome

Adam Goss
10 min readJun 23, 2023

Have you ever heard the phrase “Fake it till you make it”?

Perhaps a friend told you to fake it till you make it at school, a mentor said it to you when you started a new job, or even your parents preached it when you tried a new hobby. Pretending to be someone until, one day, you suddenly become that person is common advice that society tells you will give you the confidence to tackle new challenges. Recently, many have preached it as the cure for imposter syndrome, especially in the tech community.

Fake it till you make it is dead, and there is a much better way to install confidence in yourself and fight against imposter syndrome. Let me share this knowledge with you as someone who has used this method to overcome imposter syndrome.

Now is the time to take actionable steps to grow your confidence and not feel like an imposter.

Fake it Till You Make It Fails

Before I can introduce you to a better way to combat imposter syndrome, it is important you understand what imposter syndrome is and why fake it will you make it fails so many people.

If you have ever worked at a technical job, you have probably encountered imposter syndrome. It is the nagging voice in your head that tells you that you’re…

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Adam Goss

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