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I'm experiencing imposter syndrom for the first time, and man is it rough. Would love some tips for being able to get past it!

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I get consolation from the fact that imposter syndrome only happens to smart people. The downside is that it’ll be there as long as you’re smart, but if you’re smart you can make impostor syndrome work for you. For example, that self doubt that comes along with impostor syndrome can lead you to be extra careful with the quality of work you turn in. You’ll almost always be assured you’re putting in your best. Let’s see a person blissfully ignorant about their level of competence do that. You are only experiencing it now? Wow, how were you able to go so long without it?

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My way of getting past imposter syndrome is noticing that it implies that everyone around me is too stupid to notice I'm not qualified or the people who hired me are wrong in picking candidates. I respect and know my coworkers and know they are not dumb, which helps a lot. I also try to make sure people are comfortable letting me know if they think I am doing something wrong or in a not optimal way - that way if I am messing up is a way for people to give me that feedback. I'm excited to hear more of how people combat it - it is such an isolating thing to start feeling.

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I love this so much. My personal way of dealing with it is to let it fuel my self-improvement. Maybe I'm not as smart as my coworkers, but if keep investing in myself, I can get there.

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No one knows everything, and everyone in a job that requires innovation is improvising. You've got this.

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I also am facing this as a new project manager - I had a burnout. It also led me to finding I’ve got some mental limitations I’m working on. Being unable to play politics felt like I was out of place. I’m commended for my work ethic and knowledge, but now being a decision maker is an odd feeling

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If that’s your first time, then you’ve not been challenged sufficiently. Do your very best during your work hours, so you can feel there’s no issue that you have caused through being lazy. I mean that. Reach out for help openly where necessary. Get used to it and seek it, it’s uncomfortable but good for you.

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A lot of personal development is key - I have a management degree and work at a pension trust where I’m surrounded by MBAs, CPA of CFAs with tons of experience. I feel at times I’m leading people qualified way above my level, especially if it’s investment folk. I also have been able to make these moves based on my communication abilities - I often feel my technical skills (I.e financial analysis, coding, judgement) is not there yet and I’m faking it. So it feels like I’m under qualified. But I’m working through that everything is uncertain. It’s a weird feeling. Also I’m a younger single guy who’s mom lives with him lol. Sometimes I am personalizing it too much!

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It helps me to remember that EVERYONE around me experiences a version of this. We all have fears and insecurities. Do the best you can in the time you have, that is the best anyone can ask for.

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