"If you don't have imposter syndrome, then the job isn't for you…."

I saw a few people debating this in the comment section of a social media post and thought I'd weigh in. (Let me know what you think! 🤔)

I'm not going to lie…at first glance I thought the statement was quite harsh. As someone that went through crippling imposter syndrome and anxiety during majority of my internships (I chat about it in detail in my TEDx talk!), such a statement isn't something I take lightly.

But even during my TEDx talk I came to a realization as I was writing it - a realization that I wasn’t even sure if I should include because it seemed way out of left field.

Should I say this? How will people take it? Do I sound presumptuous? Obnoxious? Am I looking down on people's struggles?

I was so stressed about whether or not I should include it that I left it out of my final draft till the last minute, fearing that I would alienate any listeners that had also gone through imposter syndrome. 😥

Eventually I decided to include it because I figured that this talk was supposed to be me detailing my journey in a way that would hopefully inspire other young people👩🏾‍💻

💬 So I said,

"I wish I could tell you that the feeling of imposter syndrome goes away, but it really doesn’t… and quite frankly why should it? Is imposter syndrome not synonymous with being in a new environment where you feel like you have to push yourself? Prove yourself? I haven’t garnered enough experience to come to a definite conclusion, but when imposter syndrome starts creeping in, I try to take it as an invitation for me to immerse myself in whatever it is I’m doing and prove to myself that I can be just as good as anyone else in the room."

And if you take away the slight 'crassness' of the titular statement, I don't think it's that much different than what I said. 🤷🏾‍♀️ That feeling like you are surrounding by incredibly skilled people should be motivation for you to do better and be better in your own unique way. It should be a signal that you are being challenged!!! And that is definitely not a bad thing. 🤭

I saw a post on LinkedIn a few weeks ago that said something similar: "if you see a job where you match 100% of the qualifications, then there's probably little room for growth and try something new." 🤔

Like anything in life, too much of something is a bad sign. So while a little bit of imposter syndrome is actually synonymous with being pushed outside your comfort zone, a lot of it can become overwhelming and crippling. I experienced the latter during my time at Deloitte and that's how I know that there's a fine line between being challenged and being constantly anxious and doubting your skills.

Remember: YOU are in the room for a reason! Don't forget it!

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