As defined by Wikipedia, impostor syndrome is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
A little over a year ago I left the relative security of a corporate job – having spent nearly 25 years working for multi-nationals – and set up my own consulting business Pin Consult. Over the past 12 months I have re-learned what is important to me, and where I believe I can have the biggest impact. I have re-worked and simplified my business, sales and marketing strategy. Sometimes I have got it wrong, sometimes I have got it right.
I have learned more about ‘the important stuff’ in one-year than I had in the previous ten… Pin Consult has evolved a lot, so I guess it’s no wonder that I sometimes feel like an impostor.
The good news is that I am not alone, and at some time in their career, nearly everyone will suffer from impostor syndrome.
“Impostor syndrome” sounds cooler than self-doubt, however, I think in many ways this syndrome is simply a case of good old-fashioned doubt.
What is the best way to overcome impostor syndrome? I am not a qualified psychologist; however, I have experience here, and think that if you remember and practise these three things you will go a long way towards overcoming it:
Number one is worth repeating; regardless of what it is you are doing, the two things that never fail to help are to prepare and practise. And as Alexander Graham Bell said after inventing the telephone; “Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
Thanks as always for listening and feel free to share, comment or contact me with any thoughts or questions that you have.