Imposter syndrome

We've all had those moments haven't we? You know those moments you walk into a meeting with some really high-up, well dressed exec and think to yourself "What am I doing here? I'm just a kid." The term 'Imposter syndrome' has been around for a little bit now, but we've been feeling that way forever. In fact, we even spoke about this with fellow creative Nathalie during The Collective's Founders photoshoot. We all agree - its tough to overcome sometimes. Yes, we get the jobs, yes, we get the accounts and yes, we get paid but, the whole bloody time, you're thinking "someone is going to suss me out pretty damn quick and until then just pretend kid, just pretend like you know what you're doing." Of course, in truth (and some would say reality, but that's a whole different ball game) we are 100%, no 75% completely confident, able and up for the challenge. 

Oliver Burkman has a series called The Imposters Survival Guide that we would recommend listening to and below we've written a few steps you can take to overcome this.

The beauty of the impostor syndrome is you vacillate between extreme egomania and a complete feeling of: ‘I’m a fraud! Oh God, they’re on to me! I’m a fraud!’ So you just try to ride the egomania when it comes and enjoy it, and then slide through the idea of fraud.
— Tina Fey

1. Accept that you've had SOME role in your success.

Do you honestly, 100% believe that you got to where you are because of luck? Did you really become the head of your department, or your own boss (with enough money to survive) without doing one little thing to help you get there? No, didn't think so. Maybe you only believe that you contributed 5% to your success - revel in it. Re-live that 5% and accept responsibility.

2. Make a list of the people who have complimented you or your work.

Get out a pen and paper, now. Right down all the nice things people have said about your work including their name, title and company. Read it. Over and over again till you start to believe what they said.

3. Stop comparing yourself.

That's right, you heard me. Stop comparing yourself. You never know, that CFO might be feeling the imposter syndrome too, but she's in charge of keeping 300 people employed compared to your four - so much more pressure on her shoulders! Until you've walked in someone's shoes, don't do it. Please.

Have you ever felt imposter syndrome? If so, comment below. Maybe you've got some awesome trick you do when the wave hits you? We'd love to hear!