Today I had to go in to corporate office (I normally work at a remote site) and give a short presentation about some work I had done. I was extremely nervous and anxious, not only because I’d be standing up in front of 50 strangers who all had strong technical backgrounds, but because in my own mind, I didn’t think my work deserved this recognition, I didn’t think I was good enough.
But what a silly thing to be telling myself. After the presentation I had multiple people come up to me to tell me how impressed they were with the work, or how they appreciated viewing the problem from a different perspective. And it reminded me that despite feeling inadequate and full of self doubt, it’s just “imposter syndrome” breaking in and trying to take over, and that I just need to work at ignoring that negative voice in my head. I know I’m not the only one who has ever suffered from imposter syndrome, some of you might be feeling it right now.
⠀⠀ So I’m going to give all of us a little reminder today, repeat after me: “I am smarter than I think I am. I know more than I give myself credit for. I have worked hard, and I deserve this. I will embrace my imperfections because I know that I am still worthy.”
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