The Imposter Syndrome


I would like to share this post on Cyclonlife with you:  Crushing the Imposter Syndrome

The Imposter Syndrome is something everyone encounters every once in a while. It’s the feeling you’re not the right person for this job. The feeling that your knowledge is not sufficient to take on a certain task. The Imposter Syndrome is something we all hide behind every now and then.

When there’s a task at hand, it happens quite often that you feel like someone else would be better at doing that task. And frankly, there probably is. The thing is, it’s not about who would be best at something, it’s about who actually makes things happen. Being a leader or an entrepreneur is not about knowing everything, it’s about acting and asking for help when you get stuck.

I’d like to share some outtakes from the post on how to crush the feeling of being an imposter:

“Sometimes in classes and at work, I feel like I’m the only one who’s struggling. I’m the only one who’s not sleeping at night and spending countless hours on a single assignment or paper or program. Everyone else seems to just get it. It’s like I’m lying to everyone that I belong at that level, including myself. When I try to confide this in others, they just say, “don’t be silly, you’re great at this.” And all I can think is, “Crap, I’ve fooled them too.”


“You think, ‘Why would anyone want to see me again in a movie? And I don’t know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?’” – Meryl Streep


So, how do you destroy the Impostor Syndrome? Here’s a few tips.

  • Be confident. Don’t just wait until you feel confident to act like it. Admit when you don’t know something, and be authentic and accept that you don’t need to know everything.
  • Communicate and seek encouragement. It sounds like silly advice. But sometimes, you need a pep talk. Be willing to accept peoples encouragement and don’t just tell yourself that they’re just being nice! If you accept and internalize what they say, you might just live by it.
  • Take risks, and get out of your comfort zone. When you tell yourself that you “fooled them again” or that you “got lucky again,” you’re going to start avoiding taking on challenges and opportunities just in case you won’t be able to pull it off like last time. Take that hard class with the difficult professor, take on the tough assignment at work, join a team that you feel is better than you are. You learn the most when you challenge yourself!

About leyssensjan

Jan Leyssens is a designer and entrepreneur who strongly believes you can’t turn sustainability into a positive story if your main focus is on negative impact. When designing, he is always looking for the overlap between activism and entrepreneurship, technology and community. His main expertise lies in strategic business model development, Circular Economy, the makermovement, and social innovation. With a background in Industrial Design, Jan quickly shifted his focus towards business design and using the design process in strategic management. Jan is the father of two kids and founder & CEO of Regenerative Design, co-founder of Full Circle, ImpactBoost, and the Circular Design map, podcaster, storyteller, and changemaker.

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