Fight impostor syndrome

Posted: November 08, 2013 Comments

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Great piece to read early in the morning. I constantly wrestle with self-imposed impostor syndrome, but I don’t see that as a bad thing the majority of the time (for myself). I think Brian hits it on the head as he closes with:

So quit struggling with impostor syndrome and be confident in your own skill set, even as you hungrily learn new things.

Emphasis mine. The take-home issue for me surrounding impostor syndrome is that it continues to drive me to want to learn more. I love that Brian chose ‘hungrily’ because that’s exactly what it feels like. I will honestly admit that I take my embrace of impostor syndrome too far, to a fault, and I think that’s what Brian is speaking out against in this piece.

I don’t feel that impostor syndrome is inherently wrong. I do think it’s wrong to sit back and think that you’ve got it all figured out and don’t need to work hard each and every day. As has proven to be a way of life for me, it’s finding the balance that proves to be the hard part. When it comes to impostor syndrome you very quickly jump to self-deprecation, which is anything but inspirational. Don’t let impostor syndrome define you, use it as a weapon.

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