Overcome imposter syndrome & get ahead in your career

Imposter syndrome, feeling like haven't actually earned your current position or that you're somehow a 'fraud', is something that plagues a lot of people, and unfortunately, an especially high number of women.

The topic of Reshma Saujani’s Ted Talk, founder of Girls Who Code, it has been observed that systemically while growing up, girls are taught to be perfect, while boys are taught to be brave and encouraged to make mistakes. This plays a large part in the lack of confidence many women feel in their careers. Even Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, has admitted to "feeling like a fraud." Everyone feels self-doubt, and it's good to reflect and be conscientious about your decisions and actions, but at a certain point these doubts turn into self-sabotage. Don't let your insecurities hold you back from your hustle. Here are some simple ways you can ditch the doubt and keep advancing in your career.

Remember that perfection is impossible (and overrated).

No one is immune from making mistakes. Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg all made blunders during their careers, but that didn't hold them back one bit from being successful. Without making errors, no one would ever learn anything new. It's foolish to be too scared of what people might think of you if you fail and your mistakes don't define your abilities.  Did you know the antibiotic Penicillin was created by mistake? And thanks to that one little accident, an estimated 200+ million lives have been saved.

Remember that you've earned it. 

Nobody belongs where you are more than you do. Regardless of your prior qualifications, your age or your education, or even how you got there, you are where you are right now for a reason. Don't let your self doubts cause you to diminish faith in your abilities.

Remember that you don't have to know everything.

It's easy to assume that people know more than you, especially if you're new in your job.  But even experts don't know everything. Life is about experiencing and learning new things. Don't discount your own knowledge; even something obvious to you can completely mystify others.


Taryn Anderson