Master of deception

Something I have been meaning to write about for a while is the fact that everyone seems to think that I am better (at certain things) than I am.  Somehow I am a master of deception, someone who is able to pass myself off as an expert in various fields.  This is quite an interesting feat, but the most interesting part is that I’m not actually doing anything, people are perpetrating and perpetuating this illusion on themselves.

I think that a lot of this comes from the fact that I’m a bit of a “jack of all trades” (master of none), with quite a few hobbies/skills in areas that ‘most’ people don’t have a lot of exposure to.  Since the people have no skill in this particular area and I have some, they scale my skill level up to the highest levels.  This leads to people regarding me as a profession/seasoned veteran when I’m merely an amateur or have no experience at all in the area but a little knowledge.

The first (and main) area of expertise where this happens to me is technology/IT/Software Engineering.  While it’s true that I am (slightly) skilled in these areas, people often assume that I have a lot more skill or that I’m a lot more capable than I am.  I can see why this happens, they know that I have more skill with technology and infer that I can then do anything with it.  This is expected of most people who work in/near/around IT and we all get used to being asked to fix, build, install and give tutorials on everything technological.  What is a little interesting though is when I am able to (somehow) convince people in the field/industry that I am a lot more capable than I am (I once had someone with several years experience think that I had been working for around 5 years when I had only been out of university for around 6 months).

Often this is more of an annoyance than a problem and people can be understanding when you can’t deliver what they thought (incorrectly) that you could.  My biggest worry though is that there will be a time when people can’t accept that the image they have of me in their head and the reality are quite different.

I have been interested in photography for a little over a year now.  I have a decent camera and have taken some decent photos.  I would say I’m a developing (pun) amateur photographer, but definitely not a professional, and at the end of the day I don’t really have a lot more skill or experience than anyone else.  I recently attended a wedding for which I was the semi-official photographer (by that I mean I was the main person taking photos though not getting paid).  Prior to the wedding I had everyone talking up my photographic prowess to which I had to continually remind them that I’m not really that good and it was just a hobby (at which I am only moderately capable at).

I could go on about other similar situations, but it’s all basically the same.  I think the illusion that people create of me is also enhanced by the amount of self-confidence I often exude (often at times where I shouldn’t).  So far this hasn’t caused a lot of issues, but I can see the potential for things to be terribly bad when the harsh reality of my inadequacies shatters the illusion of my abilities….

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