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Why You Feel Like a Fraud and How to Overcome It | TIME

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Eric Barker's summary of how to overcome impostor syndrome:

  • Focus On Learning: Forget appearing awesome. You can get better if you try, so focus onthat.
  • “Good Enough” Goals: Stop trying to be prefect. (Yes, that was a typo. I’m not fixing it. It’s good enough.)
  • Take Off The Mask: Talk to someone you think is facing the same issue. You’re not alone.

As Neil Gaiman said:

The moment that you feel, just possibly, you are walking down the street naked, exposing too much of your heart and your mind, and what exists on the inside, showing too much of yourself… That is the moment you might be starting to get it right.

So what’s the best first step?

Schedule an unmasking. Right now. Send an email to someone you think will understand and set a time to sit down and talk.

We all wear masks every now and then. It’s part of life. But from now on, if you’re going to wear one don’t do it because you’re an impostor — do it because you’re a superhero.

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