Have you ever felt like you’re just an imposter at work? Like you didn’t actually do anything to deserve the position you hold, and you wonder why your boss keeps you around. It’s not like you actually know what you’re doing, right? There’s a name for this: imposter syndrome.
I had imposter syndrome big time at my first real job. I never really felt like I knew what I was doing or if I was doing it particularly well. In reality, I must have known that I wouldn’t have been hired if I didn’t actually know what I was doing, but that didn’t help.
Imposter syndrome is a form of self-invalidation.
- “There’s someone else who knows more about this than I do. I don’t deserve this position.”
- “I can’t believe I thought I could do this – I suck at this.”
- “Why did she even hire me? I don’t know how to do anything!”
- “I was just lucky – I doubt I could replicate that.”
Honestly, I think all of us have these thoughts at some point in our careers.
When we’re stepping into a new role, a new industry, it’s normal to ask questions, but we tell ourselves we should know it all already, and that we’ll look stupid or fake if we ask any questions.