I’ve grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It’s a fairly human look at what’s involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine…
Last week I posted the following “joke” on twitter: –
I’ve called it a “joke” but I wasn’t really joking. This is a subject that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while but have really stalled on it because I don’t think that I can tackle it sufficiently, but here goes anyway.
First things first, here’s the definition of Imposter (or Impostor) Syndrome: –
Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”
Sound like anyone you know?
OK, so here’s a (maybe) unpopular opinion.
I think Imposter Syndrome can be a good thing.
Let me explain why.
I get impostor syndrome, a lot. However I’ve learnt to recognise when it’s affecting me and can push through it. Don’t get me wrong, it still sucks. I question myself over and over but I don’t want my own head to stop me from achieving what I want.
I guess that this has come from experience. I’ve succeeded in a few things and a failed in a few as well.
And as much of a cliché as it is, I have learnt more from the failures than the successes.
I’ve failed and the world didn’t end. All that happened was that I needed to go back, review what went wrong, and make sure that it won’t happen again (I know that can be easier said than done).
So if you’re reading this and are thinking about starting to blog or speak or anything…I urge you to go for it.
Yes it’s hard work, you may fail, but the rewards for just trying are unbelievable.
All I can say is…Go for it
Have a good week!