Iceberg Thinking: "Fake It Till You Make It"

Lesson 4: "Fake It Till You Make It"


"Fake It Till You Make It"

Many of us feel the need to “fake it till we make it.” But why do we sometimes feel like we’re faking it? Reflecting on our values can clarify what lengths we’ll go to in order to succeed.

Dive Deeper

  • Watch: This TED Talk explores the power of body language and “imposter syndrome.” What is imposter syndrome, and have you ever experienced it? What does Amy Cuddy mean when she urges listeners to “fake it till you become it”?
  • Today’s media has a fascination with individuals who took fake it till you make it to the extreme. The results can be disastrous when the scheme falls apart. Research one of these modern stories. Examples include Billy McFarland (who organized the Fyre Festival), Anna Sorokin, and Elizabeth Holmes. In your journal, summarize how they interpreted/applied fake it till you make it. Can you see where they’re coming from? Where did they go astray?