I’m very lucky. I don’t suffer from “impostor syndrome” and here’s why…
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “Imposter Syndrome“, this is it in a nutshell:
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
There are quite a lot of WordCamp talks that cover “imposter syndrome” and I think that’s fantastic because so many people are suffering from it and when people give those talks it really helps people open up and talk about their feelings! I definitely want to see more people doing talks about “imposter syndrome”.
That being said, I’m lucky I don’t suffer from it and here’s a bit of a list of why that’s the case:
- There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
If you don’t know something then don’t stew on it for hours and not ask for help. Ask early and ask often! You’ll quickly find out people are more willing to help than “judge” you.
- Someone will always know more than you about any given topic.
When you stop trying to think you need to be the best at everything, the imposter syndrome can quickly melt away.
- Everyone wants you to grow. Both personally and professionally.
You might not think that’s the case but that’s probably because you’re used to thinking negatively because of the “imposter syndrome”.
- Stop comparing yourself to others.
This was one of the biggest ones for me to get over. As human beings we tend to always compare ourselves to our friends, family and co-workers. We always tend to want what someone else has rather than just being in the moment and loving everything we have. Maybe it’s just me but the simple things in life are the most rewarding for me. Hugs, music, food, laughter and sunsets are my favourite things. Most of those are free! A fancy house or car isn’t going to make you happy!
- You’re not alone.
Most people seem to suffer the “imposter syndrome” so make sure you don’t internalise it and talk about it with people. It’ll be a massive weight off your mind!