There are no "Impostors" here

Chris Laughlin

if you can read this you are cool and sat in the front row


Lead UI Engineer @Rapid7


Opensource contributor 


Site point author 

Jack of all trades master of none

Worst hangover I have ever had

What is Impostor Syndrome?

Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon, fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a psychological pattern in which people doubt their accomplishments and have a persistent, often internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud".

March 2014

February  2014

My Story 

Starting as a junior (as we all do)

Did you come to work on your first day knowing how to shh into a remote server to edit a file in VIM and restart a process. All this to change the title of a web page.


Working in a little pond with some big fish

Watching people flexing their tech “mussels” in front of junior and senior developers

Moving to a bigger pond with even bigger fish

You knew your limits and abilities. Now you have to start all over again


Constantly watching Twitter and blogging platforms

Where do these people get the time and focus?

Examples of impostor syndrome

  • Perfectionism

  • Overworking

  • Discounting Praise


Take your mistakes in stride


Push yourself to act before you’re ready


Force yourself to start on that project or task you have been putting off



Don’t take work home



Put work in perspective



Take control of your workload


Discounting Praise

You don’t need to justify anything. You don’t need to add anything


When someone praises you they only expect you to accept it and thank them



How to combat

Not Overnight

Weakness as Strengths

Remember your achievements

Take Risks




There’s no Impostors Here

By Chris Laughlin

There’s no Impostors Here

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