AMA: Impostor Syndrome and self doubt

01/24/2019 , 2m, 57s



[00:00:00] Hey everybody today is January 24th, it's a Thursday and I am running late today. Had a couple of things going on. You know taxes and stuff had to do this morning. But today I'm answering question number five hundred and forty six. The question is titled Imposter syndrome and self-doubt. The Oscars name is Ritchie from Melbourne Australia. And the question asks about or says I've been in the industry for 10 plus years and it's only recently I began doubting myself as a developer. How or have you or do you know somebody who has experience imposter syndrome. If so how did you or they overcome it. So I think that everybody like imposter syndrome is something that a lot of people can relate to. I have definitely felt imposter syndrome. Sometimes I especially early on in my career I was like I'm literally just spending all of my time asking other people questions and I feel like that's probably the same anytime you try something new. Even with 10 plus years experience you find yourself spending just a ton of time asking people questions. But at the end of the day you're probably pushing out some stuff that is helpful to people and that's one of the cool things about software is that once you have it written it can continue to provide value even when you're sleeping and you can create a lot of value. So imposter syndrome how do you deal with that. So I don't know. [00:01:28][87.4] [00:01:28] I think that you need to place your value in things that you can control and be mindful of the emotions and feelings that you're having if you... Yeah if you focus mostly on you know I did better today than I or like I. I worked hard even though I made no progress on my ticket or whatever I'm working on I worked hard and that's all that I can expect. Definitely don't compare yourself to the rest of the world like often we can think hey there are two people in this world it's me and everybody else and we lump everybody else into this category and so then when we compare ourselves to this other person on the planet which is everybody else we like obviously fall short and we'll never reach the level of experience and intelligence that they all have but that's like totally not a reasonable comparison at all. And so focusing mostly on not comparing yourself to other people but maybe comparing yourself to yourself and continuously improving and being mindful and compassionate toward yourself I think can really help you overcome self-doubt and imposter syndrome and yeah just focus on in improving yourself. And definitely don't compare yourself to other people and you'll get there. It's great. We're doing good things. I hope you have a wonderful day. And I will see you all later. I mean I won't see you but I'll hear you all or you'll hear me. Good bye. [00:01:28][0.0] [87.4]