It’s so wonderful to see you. You look great! Did you get a haircut?
But I’m getting distracted. Friends, I want to talk to you about this great video I just watched.
If you’ve got fifteen minutes, watch this with your eyeballs. It’s pretty wonderful.
It’s a TedX talk by Tanya Geisler about “Impostor Syndrome.” You know – that feeling that you’ve somehow faked your way into every success you’ve ever had? That any minute now, someone is going to look at you and realize that you have no idea what you’re doing and that you’re not even supposed to be here, and everything is going to come crashing down?
Yeah, that one. It’s a terrible sort of anxiety, isn’t it? It makes us unwilling to speak up, even if we’re sure we know the answer. It makes us reluctant to throw ourselves into projects, to go after the things that we really, really want. About 50% of my self-sabotage is a result of Impostor Syndrome.
We’ve all felt it, I bet. Especially you friends who are women. Odds are you feel like this, well, pretty much all the time.