Imposter Syndrome

I’ve been seeing and reading a lot about imposter syndrome lately. Perhaps it’s one of those things that you notice more when you’re aware of it (like the “yellow car” thing?), but either way it’s reassuring to see so much out there.

I’ve come to realise that most people, no matter from what walk of life, whatever age, whatever there level/years of “experience” feels this uncertainty/not-good-enough-ness/comparison to others in some way that makes them feel like a fraud/not good enough.

I’ve noticed it particularly amongst business people, creative people, people about to give a presenation, people charging for something (product or service), in fact pretty much in any scenario when one’s “expertise” is assumed or in some way called upon.

It’s nice to know that at the end of the day we are all human and, no matter how confident someone may come across at a given moment, they have probably felt imposter syndrome at some point.

I was speaking earlier to a friend of mine who also happens to be an expert on mindfulness, and has been studying it/teaching it/leading workshops for over a decade; unsurprisingly, after asking me to clarifying exactly what it (imposter syndrome) was (I gave the best definition I could muster up!), he also confessed to having times when he felt like that. This is a guy who speaks at conferences in the UK and all over the world.

Like the quote says, “Don’t compare your insides to other people’s outsides”. Somewhere along the line, we’ve all felt inferior and, in one way or another, like an imposter.

“I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they’re going to find me out now.” – Maya Angelou

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