“Do what you do do well”


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.”
-Theodore Roosevelt
I don’t have this problem though.  I think I am aware of how good and how bad I am at things.  Most of the time I just try my best, sometimes its good enough, sometimes it isn’t.   I’m not superwoman.
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53 thoughts on ““Do what you do do well”

  1. 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.

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  8. 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.

  9. 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?

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  14. 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

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  17. 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. 😉

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  20. Well said Michelle. I haven’t heard about this syndrome either and you sure don’t have it. Great post. 😀 ♥ Hugs ♥

  21. 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.”

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