this time, they will finally realize i'm a fraud.


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Managing Cloud Advisor @ Capgemini


16+ years in the IT world


Restoring and modifying old gaming systems

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Published in 1939

Considered one of the Great American Novels

Won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

John Steinbeck

Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

Wrote two books in parallel

Living record of the creative journey for The Grapes of Wrath

Surprisingly relatable

Vowed to write on it every day

"I only hope it is some good. I have very grave doubts sometimes."

Problems pile up so that this book moves like a tide pool snail with a shell and barnacles on its back.”

“I am so lazy and the thing ahead is so very difficult.”

"My many weaknesses are beginning to show their heads. I simply must get this thing out of my system. I’m not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people. I wish I were. This success will ruin me as sure as hell. It probably won’t last [...]"

- John Steinbeck

welcome to the wonderful world of impostor syndrome.

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Pauline Clance and  Suzanne Imes

Struggled with feelings of self-doubt

Published "The Imposter Phenomenon in High Achieving Women: Dynamics and Therapeutic Intervention" in 1978

Started discussing and comparing notes in the early 70s

Interviewed 150 high-achieving women

Attributed success to luck or to others overestimating them

Consistently played down and minimised their accomplishments

Success did not break the cycle

"Up to 82% of people experience Impostor Syndrome at some point in their life."

- Bratava et al, 2020

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Others had been identified as “superior in intellect, personality, appearance or talent”

family upbringing

Clance and Imes’s paper identified two family patterns:

Some had a sibling who had been identified as “the smart one”

Are my parents right, or is the world right?

belonging to a minority

Real or perceived

Gender, ethnicity, education level, social class...

being overly self-critical

Deciding a positive outcome was caused by either overworking or luck

Discounting any positive feedback

product of environment

Fast-changing industry with lots of new things all the time

Always a new, hot thing to be an "expert" on

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edit your story

Tell yourself that it is normal to find difficult situations tough

Remind yourself of your own personal experiences: new, difficult things get easier with time and practice

we see the world from the inside out

Easy to see others as confident and successful while being overly aware of own deficiencies

Remember that you are only aware of your feelings and not of those around you

talk about it!

We tend to see others as knowledgeable and reassured

Don't be scared to ask others and learn how they manage Impostor Syndrome

It's ok to ask questions, no one knows everything!

feelings don't equal facts

“the exaggerated esteem in which my life work is held makes me very ill at ease. I feel compelled to think of myself as an involuntary swindler”

- Albert Einstein

Just because you feel as an impostor does not mean you are one

aim for good enough

Perfection is impossible

Perfectionism leads to depression

Do the best you can with the gifts you have

document strengths and weaknesses

Keep a file with columns for Strengths and Areas of Improvement

Add to the file after every project you work on

Review it regularly and use it for reassurance and improvement

"I’m not a writer. I’ve been fooling myself and other people. I wish I were. This success will ruin me as sure as hell. It probably won’t last,

                                                                and that will be all right. I’ll try to go on with work now. Just a stint every day does it."

- John Steinbeck

think small

you too can beat impostor syndrome!

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