SwCA Episode 157: Fake it ’til you make it?

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SHOW NOTES: This is part of the JOYFUL ART OF BUSINESS™ series and our episode today is, “Fake it ’Til You Make It?”

This is a popular concept and we need to really explore what it means!

1) What are we faking?   

Confidence.

2) What is confidence?

Belief in yourself that is communicated to other people. It strongly correlates to power as people believe in leaders who believe in themselves.

“Confidence,” he told us, “is the stuff that turns thoughts into action.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/)

3) Why are we faking it?

Because it is necessary, we don’t have it and we know it. Effective (and contented) leaders (of an organization, of a family, of a group, etc.) believe in themselves and then have a much easier time having other people follow their lead.

“Success, it turns out, correlates just as closely with confidence as it does with competence.” […] “When people are confident, when they think they are good at something, regardless of how good they actually are, they display a lot of confident nonverbal and verbal behavior,” [...] “They do a lot of things that make them look very confident in the eyes of others,” he added. “Whether they are good or not is kind of irrelevant.” (http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/04/the-confidence-gap/359815/)

4) So, what is the problem with faking it?

Everyone else knows that we don’t have it and are just faking it. 

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