A conversation in the “Cool Things Project” mastermind coaching program lead to a discussion about how taking action that pushes a person out of their comfort zone can lead to “Imposter Syndrome”.
Imposter Syndrome is a term coined in the 1970s that refers to high achieving individuals who are marked by the inability to internalize their accomplishments and who have a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.
Many people who chase their dreams fall prey to these feeling of not deserving their success. It is not uncommon for those who are starting to achieve new levels to question if they are legitimately qualified to be a leader in their area of expertise.
Plus in a world where “Fake it til you make it” is preached all over the place, many people are uncomfortable once they go out and start to take actions. Thom Singer is not a fan of “fake it til you make it”, as that sets people up for imposter syndrome. Instead he thinks people should push their limits but be realistic (to themselves and others) about their journey.
Many mistakenly think that others will come along and verify they belong in the role they are striving to fill, but there is no magic validation fairy.
If you struggle with this, or know someone who does, join in and listen to this episode of “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do”.