I have a confession to make,
I often felt like an imposter, like a fraud in professional life.
Ok there I said it!
I guess it already started in my first job as an ICT girl with CSC.
I was hired even though I didn’t know a thing about ICT.
And what was even worse,
I was sent to this big company where
I was supposed to be the young IT expert.
But I was not.
Honestly that felt really awkward.
I felt out of place, nervous, stupid, intimidated. ….
But I got out of it alive
I’ll tell you in a sec.
At other moments in my professional life
I was confronted with that same impostor syndrome:
As a consultant, I was sent off to companies
in order to manage some important reorganizations,
I was sent off to train people about things I barely knew about, etc…
So I felt like a fraud.
Luckily no one else thought I was a fraud.
I told myself that the ideal way not to feel like that
is to take the matter in my own hands an start my own company.
But also then, I sometimes feel a bit uncomfortable
when I have to tell people what my company is all about
and how I want to help other people build their personal brand
“Who am I to claim that authority??”.
When people start to blog,
they often have that feeling
"who am I to start blogging and to claim to be an expert?!"
Do you recognize that too?
The imposter syndrome
This is what is called the impostor syndrome. Wikipedia says:
“The impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon
in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.
Despite external evidence of their competence,
those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and
do not deserve the success they have achieved.
Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing,
or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent
and competent than they believe themselves to be”
Aha, now we know what it is.
And don’t worry, it is said that about 70% of the population
suffers from it at some point.
Also people like Kate Winstlet, Mery Streep,
Sheryl Sandberg, Albert Einstein…
Woohoo what a relief!
I’m not alone, and you are not alone;-)
Now I must admit that I suffer less and less
from the imposter syndrome because
I did my very best to overcome it.
How I fight against this syndrome?
The number 1 showstopper
When you start to blog
the imposter syndrome might turn out to be the biggest showstopper.
And that’s not good for you,
nor for your business,
nor for your readers and clients.
Honestly, you don’t want to lie on your deathbed
regretting that you spent your life holding back
because you felt like a fake and a phony, do you?
There is a way to achieve success despite of that feeling.
And we can help you start to blog
in a confident way and avoid the mistakes many make. :-)
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