Is Impostor Syndrome Holding You Back?
When I got my first internship, I was elated for about twenty minutes. Then I called my best friend practically hyperventilating, sure I couldn’t do the job. Three months later, it was her crying on the phone because she was sure she was going to fail one of her finals. Never mind that I had all the necessary skills. Never mind that she’s never gotten less than an A- on any test ever (including the final that had caused so much anguish). Both of us felt that this next job, this next test, this next challenge would blow our cover and reveal our secret incompetencies to the world.
She believes that she’s only succeeded in the past because of luck…
As it happens, this mindset is pretty common: 70% of people struggle with these feelings at some point, especially women. It’s the fear of being not enough to live up to the expectations you’ve set for yourself. The fear of being found out and exposed. It’s called Impostor Syndrome, and if those fears resonated with you, you’re not alone.
Impostor Syndrome leads to anxiety and low confidence, so overcoming it is the first step to a fulfilling work life. We’ve put together some tips to help you get started: