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Is 'Fake It Till You Make It' Bullsh*t?

Is 'Fake It Till You Make It' Bullsh*t?
Everyone's heard the advice "fake it till you make it." Our younger selves even used it as a mantra walking into meetings from time to time. But is it solid advice or bullshit?

Sure, faking it can get you to the point of making it. (Whatever "making it" implies.) But once you've wowed that boss, hiring manager or team with your quick-thinking wit (read: bullshit), what's next?

You suddenly get a sinking feeling in your soul when it hits you: you actually have to deliver on your promises.

Don't get us wrong, faking it isn't always a bad thing. For those just starting out in their careers hoping to build a foundation or try something new, saying "yes" a few too many times is often necessary. And, in our personal lives, faking it helps save someone's feelings or ease a situation almost daily. Still, it's a slippery slope that hinges on context.

This episode, we're walking the fine line between faking it for good, and faking it for evil. In what situations can faking it be a good thing, and when is it unethical? And what do we do once we do, indeed, make it?

Love Potion No. 9

Love Potion No. 9

Love Potion No. 9
Nothing screams "fake it till you make it" quite like Love Potion No. 9. (Luckily, this version doesn't smell like turpentine like the one in the song.) Pink lemonade, Aviation American Gin, orange bitters and a splash of grenadine come together to create a syrupy sweet cocktail designed for slow sipping. Add a little more pink lemonade if you'd like to smooth out the flavor.


  • 1 oz. Aviation American Gin
  • 1 oz. pink lemonade
  • 2 drops orange bitters
  • A splash of grenadine


Add gin, bitters and grenadine in a mixing glass. Add ice and stir ingredients. Pour in a small glass and add pink lemonade and ice cubes.

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