I'm a Fraud, and I'm Proud of It
A couple of years ago I had a short conversation with a colleague that went something like this:
Me: I sometimes feel like any minute now the whole world is going to figure me out. That I am a fraud, that I’m not qualified to do what I am doing, and they are going to finally realize what I’ve been trying to prove isn’t the truth.
Him: Are we talking about you, or me?
Up until tonight I’ve never encountered anyone other than that guy who was willing to admit they felt that way. Then I read the following:
When I read someplace that a lot of people found themselves haunted by the irrational thought that they were frauds, I recognized myself immediately-with the difference, of course, that I really was a fraud.
That comes from Peter Robinson, in his book, How Ronald Reagan Changed My Life.
It is really quite amazing to read that. Since I joined Ricochet I’ve asked myself how it is that these great men and women found themselves in a position to know so much about politics and history and the world. I realize reading Peter’s comment and reflecting on my own life that they are just like me: simply trying to get by in the world and doing the best they can and making sense out of life. They aren’t any greater than me. Peter goes on to say that working for Ronald Reagan made him realize that if the President could have simple, common views on important issues, then he could relax as a speechwriter and as a citizen. For me, reading how Peter learned this lesson from Reagan helps me to learn it as well.
So what do you say? How many frauds do we have on Ricochet?