As a young woman entrepreneur starting out in my first business I was pretty audacious, but before I achieved the success I wanted I had one big obstacle to overcome: the imposter syndrome. Women entrepreneurs may experience the imposter syndrome more than our male counterparts, although some men have talked about experiencing it too.
Also referred to as “imposter phenomenon” and “fraud syndrome,” the imposter syndrome, according to Wikipedia, “is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” In other words, people with the imposter syndrome can have all the success in the world and still feel like a fraud, or feel like someone is going to figure out that they aren’t really that successful after all.
Even the most successful people in the world go through this, so if it’s something you’re feeling too just know that you’re not alone. Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman and the hit animated film Coraline, has suffered from the imposter syndrome despite having won some of the most prestigious awards in his industry. More about his story in today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV…
In this imposter syndrome episode I’m going to help you conquer this crazy idea once and for all, and shift to a place of feeling deserving of everything you’ve accomplished and everything you will accomplish. Check it out:
Now I want to hear more about your “brag bio” from the assignment I gave you in this episode: Tell me one accomplishment you should absolutely be proud of, whether you’ve let the imposter syndrome get in your way or not.