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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

(written in August 2020)

I have an awkward feeling in my stomach these days and I know the reason. I’m preparing myself for an upcoming presentation on a 2000+ attendee event.

As I review what to say and what not, some typical thoughts creep in.

🤔 Do I know enough?

🤔 Who am I to teach others?

🤔 Would they think I’m a fraud?

Now, people close to me know that I typically act confidently in the face of uncertainty.

As a great poet once said: 🎧 “He’s nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready”.

So, how do I deal with those feelings?

 

🖼 FRAMING

I try to frame my thinking into that I know that I don’t know a lot. And that’s perfectly fine.

It’s more than fine – it’s natural.

I’m not going to teach anyone anything.

I’m just going to share what I know. That’s it.

If someone takes something – then great! 🥳

 

🔭 EXPLORER’S MINDSET

Being driven by curiosity has helped me a lot.

I believe that with all that we know – there is far more unknown.

So it’s worth exploring.

When I start something new – I’d actually say “let’s try and see”.

Curiosity pushes me to act, to ask, to learn.

 

🔑

It’s funny how I’m experiencing the same feelings writing on this topic.

The key for me is “framing myself as an explorer”.

What’s yours?

– Hari

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