Imposter syndrome

Last week I posted the following “joke” on twitter: –

I’ve called it a “joke” but I wasn’t really joking. This is a subject that I’ve wanted to talk about for a while but have really stalled on it because I don’t think that I can tackle it sufficiently, but here goes anyway.

First things first, here’s the definition of Imposter (or Impostor) Syndrome: –

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”

Sound like anyone you know?

OK, so here’s a (maybe) unpopular opinion.

I think Imposter Syndrome can be a good thing.

Let me explain why.

I get impostor syndrome, a lot. However I’ve learnt to recognise when it’s affecting me and can push through it. Don’t get me wrong, it still sucks. I question myself over and over but I don’t want my own head to stop me from achieving what I want.

I guess that this has come from experience. I’ve succeeded in a few things and a failed in a few as well.

And as much of a cliché as it is, I have learnt more from the failures than the successes.

I’ve failed and the world didn’t end. All that happened was that I needed to go back, review what went wrong, and make sure that it won’t happen again (I know that can be easier said than done).

So if you’re reading this and are thinking about starting to blog or speak or anything…I urge you to go for it.

Yes it’s hard work, you may fail, but the rewards for just trying are unbelievable.

All I can say is…Go for it 🙂

Have a good week!

3 thoughts on “Imposter syndrome

  1. Hi Andrew,

    Feels good to hear that I’m not the only one feeling this.
    I recently switched roles from BI to a full time DBA job. Since the start of my carrer dealing with Databases, all of the courses that I took were DBA related.
    Got to know the SQL Community, went to a couple of SQL Saturdays, Virtual Chapters, etc.

    But I never worked with a senior DBA and the lack of having a “mentor” while at work, makes me feel insecure sometimes.
    Even though I do know a couple of things that I’ve learned by going to courses, watching webcasts and just talking to others.

    Feels good when someone is having trouble and you’re the guy that can solve their problems. This feeling helps me deal with the syndrome.

    There was a podcast about this a couple months ago:

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