“Fake it ‘till you make it.” It’s how I learn and how I teach.


I recently did something I’ve never done before. I recorded a podcast with Isaac Moche at @HubSpotAcademy. In preparing for the podcast, Isaac asked me to answer some questions. One was “What’s your teaching philosophy”. I think Isaac and I were both surprised by my answer. “Fake it ‘till you make it.”

Here’s a bit of the transcript:

ISAAC: How does that mentality of faking it till you make it-- which I think is a very humble approach to living and not only doing things that you're comfortable with-- does that work its way into your teaching and if so, how does it?

PAULA: Well absolutely. So, did I know everything about nonprofit fundraising when I started? No. Did I know about youth development and the education system when I started Kids of Honor? No, but I saw these issues, these needs, these opportunities. Did I know teaching when I started? No, but after 20 years I think I'm pretty good at it. And so what I often do is see problems and just continue to work on them. If you try something that doesn't work, then you try something else the next time. And so not being afraid to try something because you're afraid you'll fail, that's the easiest way to never succeed in anything.

So, I'm not asking students (to fib).  When I tell them fake it till you make, it I am absolutely not a proponent of lying, bending the truth, but I am a proponent of if you feel like you have the ability to learn something, the best way to do it is to roll up your sleeves and do it.

If you want to listen to the whole thing, here’s the link. https://academy.hubspot.com/epp-professors/paula-morris/

Let me know what you think.

Did I fake it well enough to try another podcasts someday?

What should I talk about?