“I am a full-grown adult and yet nodding like a child! Deep down, words are just bombarding and nothing is making sense to me. Am I not smart enough? How does everyone else, except me, is getting along? Am I not well qualified? Do I even belong here?” These and many such questions and self-doubts raise in your overthinking heads, sitting in a conference/training/meetup session with your teammates.

You are suffocating with a feeling of cheating your boss, your heart is overburdened with fraud like the feeling. Well, hold your horses, you are not alone in this. This particular feeling is termed as ‘Imposter Syndrome’. It gives rise to self-doubt and severe inadequacy that can leave people fearing that they will be exposed as a “fraud”. Nearly 70% of tech employees suffer from it, be it fresher or employees of tech giants such as Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and Google. Former First Lady of US too admitted that “I still have a little bit of impostor syndrome, it never goes away.”

According to Harvard Business Review; “Imposter syndrome can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. ‘Imposters’ suffer from chronic self-doubt and a sense of intellectual fraudulence that override any feelings of success or external proof of their competence.”

The software world is all about newer technologies, newer versions, updations, and hence learning is a continuous process. The Tech industry is particularly vulnerable to Imposter syndrome because along with experience constant adaptation to newly emerged technologies is required.

So, how to deal with this feeling of burnout, restlessness, and unhappiness that the imposter syndrome brings along?
As per the studies of the American Psychology Association, to overcome imposter syndrome you must learn the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset. People with a fixed mindset tend to believe their talents are set abilities that they were born with, while people with a growth mindset believe that their skills and talents can be developed through hard work, practice, conversations with others, etc.

You and I need to fit ourselves in the shoes of growth-oriented mindsets. Growth is an ongoing process, as long as you are not staying stationary and moving in the right direction, you are growing. The journey of growth involves a lot of repetition and trials, to refine things one needs to focus on incremental growth.
Another characteristic of a growth mindset is to create mental checkpoints and a reward system. If you create a checkpoint for yourself, you can easily navigate towards it, and on surpassing the checkpoint, you can reward yourself and move on to the next checkpoint.

If you are interested in understanding how to form habits around learning and catch up to those “seeming lofty” goals, I highly encourage you to listen to “How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals” By Stephen Duneier in TEDxTucson.

Suffering from imposter syndrome is for sure better than suffering from the Dunning-Kruger effect, where people overestimate their ability and are extremely over-confident even when they carry little or no knowledge or experience. Imposter Syndrome is a better reality check to keep oneself on the proper track. It just demands you to be a student, again and again.

To put it in short, first and foremost, Accept! Accept that you are a human and cannot master it all. Also, accept that you are lacking some of the skills, some of the knowledge, some of the updates are not yet worked on by you.
Next, reassure yourself that you can do it, get all those positive ends of yours in place and bring out the student in you.
Now, polish yourself, re-learn and learn more. Discipline yourself to catch on to the Micro-learnings and keep the chain of continuous learning moving. Speed does not matter, what matters is its continuity.

Hey, do you think this is your story as well? have you ever felt that discomfort in meetings? Are you even slightly suffering from Imposter Syndrome?
well, you have the solution now. Get Trained. Period.
Getting trained not only keeps you up with the pace of technology, but you will also outshine with these newer additions to your knowledge base. We at Consult Add, understand this particular problem and undertake the responsibility to train you in the latest technologies. With Java, Python, and AWS training being the Hots right now, check our training modules here – https://consultadd.com/training/

There you go, you are already on the path of healing yourself.

Published On: February 26th, 2021 / Categories: Technology /

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