I’ve read in several places that feeling like an impostor is sometimes a good thing. In the 2015 New York Times article Learning to Deal With the Impostor Syndrome, Carl Richards credits Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes for the coining and describing “impostor syndrome” as a common feeling from people that “are highly motivated to achieve.”
As I developed my career in digital, I often have found myself in the company of people who I always saw as better or greater than me; I am often surrounded by C-suite executives, practice heads, founders, “influencers.” Yet, even though people are judged by the company they keep, often I felt as though I was being judged BY the company I kept. This put me in a constant state of insecurity, even though I knew that I had a great deal to be proud about in my career and in my life.
Over time, I’ve come to realize that everyone always maintains a certain level of insecurity. That insecurity and discomfort is the result of a desire to achieve more subtracting from what already has been achieved. It seems like a negative, but when you use this insecurity as a driver to learn, it instead has the power to become a positive motivator.
This blog will serve as a chronicle of my learnings as I work to understand #TheConfidenceQuotient. I welcome you on this journey of discovery.