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You Are Not An Impostor

You Are Not An Impostor

Despite the attention that impostor syndrome has gotten in the Ruby community recently, so many amazing developers still hide in fear of being discovered as frauds. These developers chalk their achievements up to everything except their own talent and don't believe they deserve their success. I know, because I've struggled with impostor syndrome my whole career. In this talk, I'll show you what makes impostor syndrome so powerful and how you can break free from the grip it has on your life.

As presented at Railsconf 2014

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Nickolas Means

April 25, 2014
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  1. YOU ARE not AN IMPOSTOR

  2. HI, I'M NICK ( @NMEANS FOR THOSE PLAYING ALONG ON

    MOBILE DEVICES)
  3. I build stuff at to help fix healthcare

  4. BIGGEST FEAR AT WORK

  5. A DECADE

  6. FIRED

  7. How many times have I been fired in 10+ years

    of software development?
  8. ZERO

  9. (but it might happen any day now)

  10. IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

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  13. LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

  14. AN INTROVERT

  15. A PERFECTIONIST

  16. A WORKAHOLIC

  17. A PROCRASTINATOR

  18. AFRAID OF FAILURE

  19. UNCOMFORTABLE WHEN COMPLIMENTED

  20. FEEL LESS COMPETENT THAN YOUR PEERS

  21. YOU'RE NOT ALONE

  22. 70%

  23. 2 THINGS

  24. 1. HOW YOUR BRAIN TROLLS YOU

  25. 2. HOW TO PATCH YOUR BRAIN

  26. LET ME TELL YOU A STORY

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  36. THE IMPOSTOR CYCLE

  37. ABOUT THAT BRAIN OF YOURS

  38. INTROVERSION

  39. PERFECTIONISM

  40. WORKAHOLISM

  41. PROCRASTINATION

  42. FEAR OF FAILURE

  43. DENIAL OF SUCCESS

  44. FEAR OF SUCCESS

  45. IMPOSTOR SYDROME AND TECHNOLOGY

  46. VASTNESS OF KNOWLEDGE

  47. PEER SCRUTINY

  48. IN PRACTICE

  49. IMPOSTORS DON'T:

  50. IMPOSTORS DON'T: PARTICIPATE IN CONVERSATIONS

  51. IMPOSTORS DON'T: ASK QUESTIONS

  52. IMPOSTORS DON'T: TEACH OTHERS

  53. IMPOSTORS DON'T: CONTRIBUTE TO OPEN SOURCE

  54. IMPOSTORS DON'T: CHANGE JOBS

  55. PATCHING YOUR BRAIN

  56. KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE

  57. PAY ATTENTION

  58. ACCEPT YOUR SUCCESS

  59. FORGIVE YOUR MISTAKES

  60. RATCHET YOUR FREAKOUT

  61. EMBRACE VULNERABILITY

  62. #PAIRWITHME ( @NMEANS)

  63. KEEP GOING

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