Eric Schneider Posted over 1 year ago Faking suggests something quite negative, if we are able to do it then we have it within us... Perhaps just change the term faking? 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.