How To… Fake Your Way to the Top

It’s got to be easier than doing it on the basis of your own merit, right? Of course, that’s assuming that you don’t have a natural wellspring of talent to draw from. If you’re a budding genius whose ideas are more than ready to take the world by storm, you really don’t have any need for fakery. There’s the rest of us though. We’re not charming or dynamic or anything of that degree but we do have the potential to fool others into believing that we totally are.

For starters, the image you project is really rather key. If others don’t believe you’re doing very well indeed you absolutely won’t be. In the words of… someone, give them the old razzle dazzle. Dress sharply, snappily, in interesting colours but don’t go over the top. You’re a figure of respect, not a fashion plate. You want people to think of the substance swimming underneath the surface rather than how your tie clashes with your shirt fabric.

Be nice, occasionally practically aggressively so. Few people get anywhere in life without having an almost obscene number of people owing them favours. If you don’t have any skills of your own to draw from, one of the very best things you can do is to capitalise on those that others possess. It’s not about bluster or shouting people down, probably.

Another way you can well and truly get stuff done to further your own progress is to remove those obstacles in your way. Who’s occupying those positions above you that you’d really very much like to hold yourself? There’s bound to be plenty of dirt on them, they’ll almost definitely be open to bribery or indeed blatant threats. It’ll definitely be coming to them because they’ve almost definitely just faked their way there first. Indeed, if they’re smart, they’ve got in utterly over their heads and are just waiting for some bright whippersnapper like yourself to put them out of their misery. Probably.

Fake your way to the top – Dreamgirls

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