Today, I was pitching new projects on Upwork.com and it occurred to me that those “Fake it Until You Make it” tout-ers might be onto something.
Faking it until you make it is a concept that drums up illusions of lies to get what you want. However, I would like to point out my own thought provoking notion about faking it until you make it.
My theory rides on the idea that you should own every pitch. Own your talent, not the tasks you perform. Identify key skills. Research how those skills play into new opportunities you have yet to discover.
- Look at projects you’ve completed for clients or companies
- Break down the collective task of jobs/projects into parts
- Search those parts via freelance sites, job sites or Google
- Identify trending terminology, titles, and catch phrases
- Build up your skill sets using new found terminology
- Pitch the fact that you own your talent, not that your talent can transfer over
Silencing self-hate by quantifying tasks into identifiable talent will silence the harshest inner hater while improving your pitch. After all, faking it until you make it is all about the confidence to land that next gig.