I'm not exactly sure if it's our praised and beloved Mystery (I speak so highly of him not only because of his methods, but for creating this movement, and also because he's probably the reason you're even on these forums) who was the first to say "fake it till' you make it" but he has mentioned it in his method, so I'll share with you my thoughts on that matter.
He is indeed our most treasured face in the PUA community, and his methods are something unique, something he managed develop throughout trial and error. If you have not only read Neil Strauss's book "The Game" (which I assume all of you had), but also checked out MM, which was explained by Mystery himself with great detail, then you'll recall him saying "fake it till' you make it" (again, I'll assume you've had). Many have taken this into consideration, and applied it to their game, some talking about dhv stories that they never experienced, some simply adjusting their behavior, in-order to be seen by others as an alpha-male.
Only if you're a skilled actor (which I'll just assume you're not) you'll manage to achieve great success with this. But most likely you'll be caught up in your own thoughts, working your ass off trying to convince others, through the way you talk and through your body language, that you are indeed a high value male who possesses the traits, that you desired to apply to this persona. If you've tried this, (fake it till' you make it) then this should sound familiar to you. But just like anything that's stacked, or learned only to receive a desired emotion within others - it's not genuine, and it will take you a butt-load of time (yes, I'm actually using this phrase to measure time, props to me) to actually swallow the bulls.... you've been feeding others, because of the following reasons:
1. To truly change the way you act, you must first focus on changing the way you think - the way you see yourself, the way you see others, and the way you see the world, not the other way around.
2. It doesn't matter how much time you spend improving your body language, spending time with a pen in one hand and a notebook in another creating the most impressive DHV stories - believe it or not, your unconscious mind will punish you, by making you dlv without you even noticing.
And these are just at from the top of my head, if you see pick-up only as learning one-liners to get laid, best of luck to you, I am sincerely sorry for wasting your time with such a post. But if you're anything like me, you don't look at pick-up as just "picking-up" females with a phony persona, so being untrue to yourself is not taken into consideration. Faking it until you make it is not enough for you, you don't want to behave like an attractive alpha-male who is respected and has social-intelligence - you want to be him, and you're willing to not partaken of the so alluring drug (easy way/alternative). The best way to become one is to not merely think of yourself in such a way when you're trying "to get lucky", but to achieve this type frame/Mindset in every single aspect of your life in a way that is most suitable to you, pushing yourself further with each day, no matter where you are at this point. There are countless traits/behaviors which suit best the word "alpha-male", but thinking in such a way, or trying to find the "answer" will only leave you restless on how one thinks and acts (because there are countless and well valid opinions on the matter). The best piece of advice I can give you on the matter is - improving yourself FOR YOURSELF - not to gain the admiration of others .
sorry if some of the vulgar-language left you offended.
with all due respect - the infamous,