Don’t let impostor syndrome hold you back

I find that my decision to quit and become a freelance content creator is very often the topic of my conversations recently — and not initiated by me!

I don’t mind telling the story — I think it helps me as much as it informs others. It gives me a chance to re-confirm my logic for doing this every time I tell the story — and so far no regrets. The conversation inevitably changes in most cases to focus on the person I’m talking too. About how much the other person wishes he or she was in a position to try it. After we break down their situation it generally comes down to how confident they are.

They aren't sure they’re good enough technically or artistically. They think their voice sounds funny. The common theme is that whoever I’m talking to isn’t confident they are good enough to do what I’m doing full-time.

Well I have news for you…You are good enough (probably). You’re just suffering from impostor syndrome.

You know what? me too! Every time I talk to a large audience it scares me. Helping with the recent Serverlessconf in London was so far out of my comfort zone, I think I left it behind in Brisbane.

Every time I release a course I expect the worst and I’m always surprised I get any good feedback — even though the reception on my most recent course, and the one before has been amazing. I don’t expect it will ever change — it’s something I need to become comfortable with and deal with.

I’m obviously not as affected by it as some — after-all I’ve jumped into freelancing with both feet. If there were a problem — I’d have been found out already!!

I’ve been giving it some thought and wanted to provide a few points on how I’m dealing with it — my golden nuggets.

  1. Tell Everyone — publicising your fear of being ‘found out’ makes it less real — by making it pubic, you remove that nagging feeling. If you were a fake, someone would tell ….right?

Nobody good, starts of that way. I don’t think of myself as good — I have a list of things longer than I can fit on one screen which I want to improve. I don’t think I’ll ever be finished improving, at least I hope not.

I love helping people to learn and improve — even if I help one person it’s enough. If i get any bad feedback, I’ll fix it and move on.

I hope this was useful, I wasn't going to post it — I hate writing, I’m bad at it, and I’m scared people will eventually find out….

Technical Trainer, Cloud Architect, Tech, Productivity & Efficiency Obsessed wannabe minimalist.

Technical Trainer, Cloud Architect, Tech, Productivity & Efficiency Obsessed wannabe minimalist.