Imposter Syndrome is Widespread


It seems that over the last year or so, so many writers and professional whom I admire talk about having "imposture syndrome." At the same time, on a daily basis I work with sales professionals, who are so often overly confident (probably a job requirement, though still annoying at times).

A recent article in Quartz discusses a survey that reveals, "the most common problem people face is that they don’t feel confident."

For decades, Western culture touted self-esteem. It got the most important thing wrong

Author Melody Wilding writes, "The truth is that confidence isn’t an innate trait; it’s a quality gained through experience. So we should take risks in order to build confidence—not the other way around." "We need to do things that we think are scary—not because we have blind faith that we’ll succeed, but simply because those things are worth doing."

She goes on to make the following suggestion, "listening to bad feedback and learning from it." "Failure breeds wisdom and maturity. We need to fail and experience discomfort, and over time, build a track record of demonstrated success."

Throughout my career, I learned as much from being part of successful marketing campaigns as ones that totally flopped, and I am more confident about my recommendations because I have been part of both sides - success and failure.


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