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Faking suggests something quite negative, if we are able to do it then we have it within us... Perhaps just change the term faking?

As humans we have our natural abilities, and sometimes we get more used to using some set of abilities that become our dominant attributes... But trying something we have within us and finding we have that ability, perhaps should not be termed as faking... I like the talk and it's really useful for a lot of us, I think alot more people will be moved by this if faking is struck out...


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  • Oct 8 2012: IMO, the term "faking it" here is about how you feel yourself. On the surface, you have a lot of fear about whatever it is - let's say public speaking - and just don't feel capable. Faking it is a means of coping just to get past the fear and insecurity. After enough work, it no longer feels like faking it. The self doubt is gone and you can focus on just saying what you have to say. That's incredibly empowering once you've got it down.

    Call it what you want, but the term "fake" actually isn't bad or inaccurate when you are starting down the path towards overcoming fear.

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