Admit it – somewhere in the deepest part of your heart, you want to be known for something grand. Why just dream it? Make it come true – just by faking it!
One of the most powerful attitudes you can adopt is to “fake it till you make it.” Now, before you say, “I will remain true to myself forever and never be a faker!”, think about who you are and what you really, really want. Chances are you want something bigger and better! There’s nothing wrong with being who you are right now – but there’s everything right about becoming a better version of yourself.
Changing your life isn’t going to be easy, that’s why you need to pretend you’re having the time of your life. Sooner or later, you will be having the time of your life because of the good changes you’ve made. Willpower is an amazing thing to have. Remember the little train that choo-chooed, “I-think-I-can-I-think-I-can” till he conquered the hill? There’s a lot to be learned from that little guy. Positive ideas encourage you to become a better person and to reach for that goal. But remember: don’t change into someone you’re not. Know who you are and what you really want. If you would rather read history books than party, be the best historian your school ever produced. If leadership is your thing, run for student council instead of entering a modeling contest. Always stay true to be real as you fake your way to a better life!
As for now, I am going to share to you one point on how to do it.
Tip #1. Fake your way to being…the class genius.
You just got the results of your IQ test and it said you’re of average intelligence. Do you smash your dreams of graduating valedictorian? Don’t! As Thomas Edison said, genius is one percent inspiration and 99% perspiration. And Mr. Edison knew what he was talking about because he just didn’t doodle his ideas on paper; he actually worked long and hard to bring them to life.
So if you want to become your batch’s brightest, you have to work for it. Make friends with smart people and take your cue from them. Maybe their study habits or natural inquisitiveness will rub off on you. Tote around props like books on the history of the feminist movement, the genetic code of cloning, and politics and government.
But don’t stop there. Intelligence is hard to fake – you have to know what you’re talking about or your façade will come crashing down. Those props we were talking about? Read them. Watch documentaries, news, visit museums, brush up on your history – be curious about everything!
One way to fake being smart is to ask questions. Yup, smartness is not just about knowing the right answers; it’s also about asking the right questions. When people talk about current events, don’t mouth off your opinion ASAP especially if you have no idea on what they’re talking about. Ask questions like, “Why do you think that…?” or “How do you think an event like that could be prevented?” You didn’t give in your two centavos’ worth but you are sure you contributed to an interesting discussion and learned something along the way!
to be continued…