fake it till you make it


fake it till you make it
also, fake it until you make it


  • portray yourself like the person you always wanted to become
  • bringing yourself out of your comfort zone in order to achieve your targets
  • to adopt a behavior which will lead you towards a better future
  • challenging yourself to perform a task which you are not good at
  • motivating ourselves to act in a different manner to meet our desired goals

The idiom suggests that by imitating confidence, competence, and an optimistic mindset, a person can understand those qualities in their real life and achieve the results they are looking for.

Example Sentences

  1. I had no idea that her family is so illiterate as she always pretended to be classy. Fake it till you make it.
  2. I know you are very uncomfortable in these clothes but must act in front of the audience. You got to fake it until you make it.
  3. I have joined English language classes to speak in a better way and to appear educated in front of people. We know, fake it till you make it.
  4. We should call the team to visit our company and act like we are interested in their offer. Yes, we got to fake it until you make it.


The expression first appeared around 1973 and the earliest reference to a very similar saying occurs in the Simon & Garfunkel song “Fakin’ It”, released in 1968 as a single and also on their Bookends album. There, Simon sings, “And I know I’m fakin’ it, I’m not really makin’ it.

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This is like “A writer writes.” I think of it as – keep doing what you want to do until you get it perfect. Keep acting like a Manager, and then one day you’ll be one.
Act like a winner, and one day you’ll be one.
Will it “get common” now? It’s total slang. And mostly used in a rude way, or at least with rude intent, i.e.,
Asst Mgr walks in, dumps something on Mary’s desk, tells her to do it and then walks out.
Cissy, who is sitting there says, “Yeah, right. Fake it till you make it.” referring to asst mgr’s behavior

‒ Susan G Dunn November 30, 2021

It is also used in the management of depression. Even if you are too depressed to care.

‒ Darlene Sierocuk January 31, 2021

I heard this idiom in a latest movie, so it may get common now.

‒ Brocode January 9, 2021

Mary K cosmetics used to teach this phrase to their employees most of them will never make it, (dress the part fake it till you make it)!

‒ Anonymous August 9, 2020

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