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Imposter syndrome is so damn real (and sad). 75% of the time when I am presenting, talking through, responding etc work or thoughts I feel I am “so off, this isn’t right”. Then all it takes is (cont.)

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One person to be like this is awesome, spot on, great... whatever. And all of a sudden like a light switch I feel like I can solve anything.... the weird part is, I feel that while it’s an emotional drain to feel like an imposter... my output at times is better when I am operating with that mindset because there is a sense of empathy and humbleness I deliver the work in. Very weird situation ... can anyone else relate?

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All day errrey day

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We are all just simple people looking for a little bit of love (and validation)

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Same with creative

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I’m a man

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Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this. I didn’t realize there was a name for what I’ve been struggling with for the past year, so brutally for the past six months. Strategist 1 is right — this reminds me that we’re all the same deep down even when it feels like we struggle alone.

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I suffer from it too. I’m looking for a new job and I feel unqualified every time I look at a job description.. to the point that I often look at lower positions.

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It’s like you’ve read my mind

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I relate to this every day

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Yep SD2. Same here. Sorry that some men do not perpetuate the awful stereotype you enforce. @OP: “The Power of Vulnerability by Dr Brené Brown” is an amazing insightful piece fillled with anecdotes and techniques that can help you! Good luck!

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@op echoing Brene brown, her book “Daring Greatly” for seeing vulnerability as a strength and learning to embrace it. Almost every person (women and men alike) I say the term “imposter syndrome” to, say “I thought I was the only one!” Creative industries are breeding grounds for this. The more you read and can identify how it sneaks into your life, the less power it’ll have over you.

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I brought this us to my boss and the incredible woman now takes opportunities several times a week to remind me how valuable I am to the team. I am so glad I said something, and that she's my boss. 👩‍💼🌟

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Yep. And sometimes, it is indeed off. Sometimes it just aint' right (or your best work, anyway). We always want to hit a home run, but sometimes all you can connect with is a solid double, particularly if you're time/resource constrained. I'm never going to be happy with not hitting it out of the park, but I'm not going to beat myself up over a solid double or triple either.

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Sometimes, Imposter Syndrome is just good old fashioned common sense. Embrace it, and use it as a system of checks and balances to limit your propensity for wind-baggery and pontification. This business is brimming with over-confident charlatans and con-artists and if your inner voice is sometimes sounding a warning that you may not know what you’re talking about and don’t deserve to be where you are, please do yourself a favor and listen to it. Remaining humble and having a mindset where you don’t have all the answers is a much better way to be. Self doubt is healthy and will keep you mindful, collaborative, and open to other ways of thinking and solving problems.

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This thread is a long list of Things Men Would Never Say. Very sad.

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I feel like this as a developer. I’ve read that it’s a common thing for devs, just because of the nature of the gig: there’s often not a ”right way” to do things, so we’re continually figuring things out by trial and error. It’s also especially common in devs of color and female devs, probably because of the lack of representation of those groups in the dev community. I don’t think this feeling helps my performance; one thing that does is the support of the community. I went to Afrotech last year, and it was a revelation to be amongst so many PoC that were devs, entrepreneurs, etc., and were experts in their fields. One other thing is, I try to stop being a perfectionist. I’m the type of person who doesn’t feel like I can call myself an expert even though I have about two decades of experience. As OP said, it really does help to hear people acknowledge your expertise. Anyway, sorry for rambling; just wanted to share my experience, as this post struck a chord with me

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