Most of us got it.
Once we find even modest success we struggle with a feeling that we’re secretly frauds, that we don’t deserve it and that the act could end at any moment.
The biggest reason is that we are.
Everyone who is doing creative work is working on something that’s not guaranteed to work. And it’s extremely likely that they’re also not the most perfectly qualified person on the planet to be doing that work at that moment.
But could it really be any other way? The odds that a perfect meritocracy chose you and you alone for your spot on the ladder are lower than the odds of Nicki Minaj being fresh again.
You’ve been getting lucky chances for a long time. Everyone has.
Sure, you’re an impostor. So am I and so is everyone else.
We’re all doing our best and it all becomes a matter of how much pressure we’re willing to take.
Isn’t doing your best all you can do? Accepting the impostor syndrome and leaving it behind is a useful way to get your work done without giving into what Steven Pressfield calls the Resistance. Because it’s a great excuse to not even try hard.
Taking that chance to try that new thing for the first time is what pushes you forward.
Time spent worrying too much about being impostors is time away from trying to do our best work, work that matters.
George Kroustallis // Minorstep