My friend the Impostor Syndrome

My friend the Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever compared yourself to other designers / developers and felt like you’re nowhere in their league? Do you write code, but wouldn’t dare to call yourself a developer? Yes?! You're suffering from the Impostor Syndrome. Most of us do, but not many talk about it!

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Sonja Leix

June 25, 2016
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    I asked 12 well known experts 
 in the community

    if they experience the Impostor Syndrome. 10 admitted they have it.
  3. 12.

    “So much self-doubt. 
 Constant worry that I’m wrong and

    that I don’t have the chops. 
 That others have made 
 a mistake in trusting me.” HOW DO YOU EXPERIENCE THE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME? –A WORDPRESS CORE CONTRIBUTOR
  4. 13.

    “I’m a faaaaake! Oh my god everyone 
 is more

    talented than I am!” WHAT DOES YOUR INNER CRITIC TELL YOU? –AN AUTOMATTICIAN
  5. 15.

    “I'm not qualified for that job I want to apply

    to.” “They will find out I’m a fake.” Do you have the Impostor Syndrome? “I cannot be a team lead, my 
 colleagues are all better than me.” “This job is too easy, I am clearly not getting it.” “They will fire me.”
  6. 19.

    At corporate networking events 
 I felt completely out of

    place, 
 and nowhere in their league.
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    Join the community team at: make.wordpress.org Find a meetup near

    you:
 http://www.meetup.com/pro/wordpress
  10. 31.

    I’m not an expert in this. I will be exposed

    as a fraud. I’m not accomplished 
 enough yet.
  11. 33.

    Luckily I have amazing 
 people in my life, 


    who constantly encourage me 
 and lend their support.
  12. 40.

    What big contributions 
 can I make anyway? There are

    so many designers that are better than me.
  13. 45.

    “I’m not afraid to fail. 
 Failure is part of

    learning. 
 Hopefully, I fail daily and learn from it, so I fail a little bit less next time.” –SAM SIDLER, Apollo Team Lead
  14. 53.

    Having joined the community, 
 speaking at events, and
 contributing

    helped me become
 friends with my Impostor Syndrome.