There are no "Impostors" here

Chris Laughlin

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

WHO AM I? 

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".

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome

March 2014

February  2014

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=impostor%20syndrome

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

Perfectionism

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

 

Overworking

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

 

Community

How to combat

Not Overnight

Weakness as Strengths

Remember your achievements

Take Risks

Mentoring

Thanks 

Slides: https://slides.com/chrislaughlin/theres-no-impostors-here

There’s no Impostors Here

By Chris Laughlin

There’s no Impostors Here

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