Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a topic that I see discussed in a lot of tech groups, especially for those just starting out (whether taking on a new role, or going into a new field). I was skeptical at first, but the more I read, the more I thought about what holds me back in certain situations (especially as I have started out as a self-taught coder).

Things I am trying to do more of to combat imposter syndrome:

  • Ask questions. LOTS of questions.
  • Give your opinion on topics based on the information that you do know, but don’t pass up an opportunity to learn about how others are forming their opinion.
  • Take notes of terms and topics that you do not understand – if you don’t ask the question right then, you can always look it up on your own or ask more about the next time you speak with your boss/coworker.
  • Don’t be afraid to reach for a stretch job (ones that you are not 100% qualified for) – worst case, they say no.

What are your thoughts on imposter syndrome, and how to reach your potential without overextending yourself?

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