The Daily Prompt:
Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it.
I had to click on the definition of the” Imposter Syndrome,” since I was not aware of it. Apparently it is when people cannot accept that their achievements can be attributed to themselves, and feel that there was a stroke of luck involved. They also apparently feel that they don’t deserve their achievements. Quite interesting actually; I can see how some people could feel that way.
“The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”
53 thoughts on ““Do what you do do well””
Quite often we are taught to play down our achievement in case we are thought to be big noting ourselves. We’re supposed to say – oh it was nothing, just lucky, right place right time in case our peers accuse us of being big headed about things. It took me awhile to take a work related compliment – to smile and say thank you it was a lot of work but I’m really happy with how it turned out and be comfortable with having pride in something I do well. This is a different thing from arrogance – it’s assurance.
I agree with you, it is assurance. Thank you for your input, Jenni.
I guess maybe I have a little imposter syndrome. I just mostly think what I do is on the bad side than the good side. (Quality-wise).
Your writing is “on the good side.” 🙂
Thank you. 🙂
I’m not big on looking for credit, but I think I’m realistically aware of what I’ve done, the hits and the misses.
Same here 🙂
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Good answer. 😀
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A very good quote and insight. I think it all depends on the situation and your personality… 😉
I agree with you, Iris 🙂
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It’s great that you are able to acknowledge your humanity and all the strengths and challenges that go with living life. I am all too familiar with Imposter Syndrome.. I don’t think I am diagnosable but I do experience that crippling feeling that one day someone is going to realize that I have been deceiving them all along about the things I am supposed to be able to do.
I hope you manage to overcome the feeling, onebreath. It can’t be easy.
I think we are all ”Impostors” in one sense or another, as none of us function in a vacuum.
A noted genius might be toiling away at his work bench or drawing board while those invisible supporters are toiling away in the background doing the ironing, washing and cooking, for example, that ensure the genius stays on track and it might also be the simple act of someone walking in and with a smile, saying, “Here’s a cup of tea. You’ve been at that for hours and you must be parched,” . that sparks the initial or final act of creativity that propels her/him to fame .
Who knows, right?
You make an excellent point, Ark! Thank you! 🙂
Cup of tea? 🙂
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Yes, there is a difference in saying, ‘Did I do that?’
‘Wow, not bad! I’m pleased with myself.’
‘Can’t have done – must be a fluke.’
There is a difference, I agree 🙂
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Namaste Q 🙂
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I used to and sometimes still do have a problem if someone pays me a compliment on something I’ve done…. but I’m getting better at it… But I think I knew inside that it was okay… maybe even good… Not sure if that’s the same thing…. Diane
Glad you’re getting better at it Diane 🙂
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Oh I had not an imposter, I was an imposter! The self-doubt was so big there was no self-confidence… But now… It is different. Still, I fight the demons of past and feel the consequences in my body and soul today so I wrote something for this. I hope you Hope will check it out. 😉
I will do, thanks ivyon 🙂
Thank you, I needed that hug today. 🙂
aw..here’s another *HUG*
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I have never heard of the Imposter Syndrome either!
Same here 🙂
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Well said Michelle. I haven’t heard about this syndrome either and you sure don’t have it. Great post. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥
Thanks so much, Sonel 🙂
Great post, Hopestar. We do indeed need to be aware of our own self worth, and not put ourselves down. All we can do, is our best, and we shouldn’t need to compare ourselves to other people.
As Shakespeare wrote,
“This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
So true ad, and I love the quote.
I think I used to be an imposter, but as I’ve got older – she sighs – I’ve changed my thought and accept it’s primarily down to me
So it is, thanks Ruth 🙂
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