I’ve heard this before, even shared it myself when I was a recruiter; for many years in my professional career, I believed it.
It simply is not true. More importantly, it fundamentally undermines your performance. Here is a more effective way to think about it:
“Be it ’til you make it.”
Let’s say you want to have a career as a reporter. Be what you want now, and start reporting. Write a blog, share stories, look around you for things to report. Send stories and columns to local and online newspapers. You don’t have to wait to go back to school for a journalism degree to be a reporter.
If you are what you want to be, you’ll feel better, and the work you want will come more easily. Chances are good you’ll land in much better situations.
And, down the road, when you’re successful, you won’t feel like a fake.
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