Your lifetime is the only important currency in life. To waste it simulating something to reach a status is stupid. If you want to be, want to have, want to do, do something – don’t fake it.
Just make it.
Yes, you can become what you pretend to be. No, by pretending alone you won’t become it. The work on the way is necessary. It’s not enough to serve Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 hours to mastery. The rule says 10,000 focused hours are needed to become a master in something.
How does that work? Do it badly. Then do it better. Then really well. At some point you just do it. No reason to fake anything. Simulating is like testing, not like doing. Doing is more, it has energy, will and bite. Making has substance. Making wins.