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How To Beat Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome

Are you walking around with all your best ideas still in you because you’re afraid the world might see you for the fraud you are? 

I’m here to let you know you’re not alone. Almost everyone I’ve ever talked to about this says they have struggled with it at one time or another. It’s been dubbed Impostor Syndrome (by somebody. I don’t know who. Just go with it, guys.) and it’s that feeling you get like you’re somehow going to be “found out.” That “people” watching you are going to see you as an impostor or someone pretending to be someone they’re not.

Here’s the REALLY good news…. No one is watching you. No one is listening. Everyone is wrapped up in their own stories they tell themselves and much too busy with that to watch everything you do.

That. Is. Liberating. You don’t have to keep your ideas locked up anymore. You don’t have to be afraid. You can step out of that cage and look around at all the other humans who, turns out, have the same fears you do. You can beat impostor syndrome by changing this mindset. Just remind yourself that everyone has stuff. Everyone has stories. They’re not going to hop out of theirs just to play the villain in yours. It’s just never going to happen.

But just for kicks let’ say they do… If impostor means I’m willing to make something no matter what you think of me or what you think of what I’ve made, then call me an impostor. But here’s the thing… I’m not listening.

You’re not an impostor. You’re a creator of awesome things. That creativity runs through your veins. It’s part of who you are as a human. There’s nothing fake about that.

So…

Make Great Things,

Chris

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