Fake it Till you Make it

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut

 

One of the things I constantly tell my students is: fake it till you make it. You want to be a good student? Act like the good students you know.  Vonnegut is saying the same thing, more or less, and basically this has been how I’ve gotten as far as I have.

 

I pretend to be brave when I’m not, and suddenly I’m doing the brave thing. I pretend to be calm a lot of the time, and patient, and understanding.  I hope I have chosen carefully.

 

I see people who pretend to be “hard cases” or silly or stupid (yes, people do pretend to be stupid), and that’s what they are.  I don’t think they have chosen carefully.

 

Vonnegut gives good advice–choose carefully.  Set your sights high and soar.

 

 

 

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About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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