Imposter Syndrome & You

This subject is an interesting one.

For those of you not familiar, Imposter Syndrome is a mindset where you…well….feel like an imposter. This comes in many forms, but perhaps the most relevant one for the technology field is feeling like you do not know enough to do your job. Perhaps you are a programmer and your Python apps seem basic when looking at others, or your a network technician and you keep hearing about these advanced labs your peers have in their house when you don’t have one. Maybe you’re like me, working in InfoSec and feeling like you’ll never be as profecient at incident handeling as your fellow teammates.

This scratches the surface at Imposter Syndrome, but I feel like you got the point by now.

This is the part of the post where a much more versed, magical, professional would tell an inspirational story on how to make this feeling go away. I’m not that person, so let me be the first to break it to you; this will never go away (nor should it).

I have always found that I am hungrier when there is no food around or I am more tired at work, away from my bed. The point being as humans, we long for the things we don’t have. If I feel like I know every command in Python, where is my motivation to keep learning it? If I tell myself that I am the best incident handler, how receptive will I be to feedback? This is where we can take Imposter Syndrome and use it to overcome the feelings of inadequacy.

I love being acutely aware of my shortcomings and things I can’t do. This allows me to have a clear picture of my strengths and outlines a clear list of things I need to work on in order to grow both as a person and a professional. While this “pessimistic” outlook on myself might be too negative for some, I encourage you to go to work, school or whatever tomorrow and write down every feeling you have. This will serve as your list. Then you can make the progress to start checking items off and grow. The best part of this method? When you finish your list, there will be more and more things for you to keep adding. This is how we get stronger, smarter, funnier, better.

Imposter Syndrome is tough to handle, but we can use it as a tool to grow instead of a fear to fail.

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