Fake it 'till you make it



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The sun is setting on a particular stage of my life and a new one is beginning. That's a bit melodramatic but I needed to start this post off in a way that relates to the image .. even if just a little.. Its true, though, I am about to start something new.

Recently someone told me there was an opportunity at another department at the university I work at and if I was interested in the details. I've been in the same department for 10 years and hell yes! I am ready for a new opportunity. Higher Education doesn't pay well, but a new gig with more money is nothing to be sniffed at. Well the details came in, its covering for someone that is on long term sick leave and has been away for almost a year already.

Finally the projects that were placed on hold cannot be held much longer, they want me to swoop in for a 6 month secondment and get the project rolling. I figured, 'sure, no problem i can do that.. I have dabbled in project management a few times on not insignificant projects'.

Well the damned thing is two pay grades higher than my current job and i'd be operating essentially at my boss's level, and I am starting TOMORROW. So I have been preparing. I took speaker Bercow's advice


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and have been a good boy. Studying, looking up skills training courses that will help me (I am woefully under-skilled for this position) and quietly pissing my pants as an angry voice in my head yells "YOU KNOW NOTHING JOHN SNOW". I don't actually know all that much about what I will be walking into tomorrow but it has me super nervous and I keep thinking about the old saying "fake it 'till you make it". I suppose in a way that is true.. most people walk into a new job not knowing what they are doing and learn as they go.

I was speaking to an old friend on the phone last night who said that everyone is BSing their way through life. He said that years ago he had a conversation with his dad where he asked him "Is everyone just bullshitting their way through life? Is it true that no one actually really knows what they are doing?" After a short pause he answer "yes." That was a turning point for him, where this realisation helped him to stop worrying or stressing and to just go for the things he wanted, take chances and give everything a try.

After all, if no know one really knows what they are doing then what does it matter? You can just make it up as you go along, everyone does it.

I don't think that is a universal truth though. There are certain jobs or at least specific tasks that you cannot fake, you need to be able to perform those with competence. I'm not sure if I feel any better or any less nervous, but talking to him about that did help a bit

Have you ever felt like that? Completely out of your depth? Have you ever 'faked it' till you made it? How did that work out? I think I must have done it once or twice when starting new jobs, but I was probably so ignorant of my own abilities that I didn't realised I was out of my depth until after I had learned the skills on the job.. unfortunately I am less ignorant now.

Oh man.. what a lengthy ramble! I apologise and thank you for sticking with this post all the way to the end.. as a reward I have put in a picture of a nice pair of tits for you to enjoy:




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..and in case you were wondering, searching for a 'pair of tits' for a joke like this should not be done while at work. Oops.

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09.09.2019 14:47
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09.09.2019 15:38
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There are jobs you can't fake, but confidence can make people think you know how it's done. You can find a way to delegate if you are the boss

09.09.2019 14:52
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Absolutely agree, there are some things/job you cannot fake. My plan is to delegate tasks and spend more time on planning and resource management, letting my team handle the operational details. We will see how that all works out.

09.09.2019 15:38
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Wish you the best

09.09.2019 15:43
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Nice pair of tits! Bwahahahaaa 😂

09.09.2019 19:39
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i knew you'd appreciate that :)

09.09.2019 21:17
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Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
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09.09.2019 20:16
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Hello @fiftysixnorth, thank you for sharing this creative work! We just stopped by to say that you've been upvoted by the @creativecrypto magazine. The Creative Crypto is all about art on the blockchain and learning from creatives like you. Looking forward to crossing paths again soon. Steem on!

12.09.2019 15:03
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Thank you!

13.09.2019 14:07
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LOVE this shot of the City!

Excited for you, it sounds like a great opportunity, and a fun chance to go further!
Thanks, @enginewitty for sharing this on #pypt @pypt

12.09.2019 15:33
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Thanks! It was an especially nice sunset that night, and thank re: the job, it is a great opportunity and will certainly look good on my resume/cv! We'll see what comes of it.

13.09.2019 14:07
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30.09.2019 12:58
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@enginewitty shared your post during the PYPT curation show and we enjoyed your photography (as always!) and wish you the best of luck with this new job opportunity! Keep us posted! 😃

12.09.2019 21:59
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Thanks so much! I will absolutely keep everyone posted.. i just finished the first week at the new post, and.. well.. not really much to report, at this point I am just having back to back meetings with everyone in my team to try and get to know them a little better and figure out what they do etc so I can build a picture of what's going on. There is an absolute mountain of material to read through to get up to speed!

13.09.2019 14:09
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