Fake It Till You Make It!
by Kamala Diefenthaler on 03/20/12
"Fake it till you make it" is a common catchphrase that means to imitate confidence so that as the confidence produces success. I am gathering information and filling out forms as if I am finishing my degree in December 2012. I have emailed professors about dissertation templates as if I am ready to write and submit my dissertation.
The truth is, I have been focused on my teaching and neglecting my research. There is a long way to go before I can write my dissertation and graduate. However, I have already noticed my confidence growing as I "fake it".
I am going to continue "faking it" as I read renowned author's papers. I have hardly read any papers because of my lack of understanding. My coworker, who has a PhD in one of the sciences, told me that he didn't understand the first 10 papers he read. But by the time he read the 11th paper, he was following along. So that is my plan...read without understanding until I can follow along.
Wish me luck