“I have written 11 books but each time I think ‘Uh-oh, they’re going to find out now. I’ve run a game on everybody, and they’re going to find me out.’” – Maya Angelou
If you’ve ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome – a thought pattern when you’re in constant fear of being found out as a ‘fraud’ which makes you doubt yourself or minimize your accomplishments – then I’m happy to tell you that you’re in good company.
There are two traits about people with imposter syndrome that make them great. One, you’re more likely a high performer given an opportunity in a new environment and two, you’re not quick to look back and take victory laps at past accomplishments.
You might see imposter syndrome. Others see humility and hard work. You might think lack of experience. When really it’s the road less travelled that you’ve decided to venture out on.
The inner conflict of imposter syndrome is evidence you’re continually chasing a goal or purpose that’s bigger than yourself. And that’s always a good thing.