Why Imposter Syndrome is good for me
The dreaded feeling of self doubt, the feeling that you don’t deserve praise for your accomplishments, or deserve to reap the rewards for them.
At least it’s better than the Dunning Krueger effect…right? Pick your poison I guess.
For me it used to be a huge roadblock career wise, but now it’s just a (still big) bump in the road .
I’ve sometimes, some self doubt is good, and it can be used to my advantage. If I always thought I could write anything to an amazing standard (subconsciously I do, but that voice is often quiet) then I’d become complacent.
Whenever I get a new client/brief I panic for around a day. I start asking myself seemingly rhetorical questions:
Do you know anything about this, Asher? Nope.
Can I really write what they need me to? Nope
Am I a fraud? Yep.
But this drives me to go the extra mile, I meticulously write every draft with, cold, cynical eyes. I use countless sheets of paper noting ideas down.
This eventually leads me to doing better work.
Some people can have a mindset of “I’m amazing” all the time and produce great work, I’m not one of those people.
I need to almost forget that I’m good at what I do for a short period of time to produce my best. Weird I know.
This is why I feel it’s important to know exactly how you’re wired mentally so you can use it to your advantage in all aspects of life.
Imposter Syndrome is similar to a lot of brands. On the surface, it seems like one thing, but when you dig deeper and look at it from a different perspective, it can end up being something completely different.
Have you ever had Imposter Syndrome? Let me know in the comments.
Until next time,