Do you ever have doubts, ever feel that you are unworthy? Do you fear that you are an imposter?
“Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalised fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Despite external evidence of their competence, those experiencing this phenomenon remain convinced that they are frauds, and do not deserve all they have achieved. Individuals incorrectly attribute their success to luck, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent than they perceive themselves to be.” [Wikipedia, September 2018].
Having doubts, or at least some concerns is a sign of a healthy regard and respect for reality and your current abilities. However, taken to the extreme, self-doubt can be debilitating and prevent you from doing anything. See the following video for some insights into the imposter syndrome.
Don’t be crippled by self-doubt. Instead, take a realistic look at what you currently know, the resources you currently have, and what you want to achieve. Start to close the gap between where you are, what you have, and where you need or want to be. Reach out for help if you need to. Start making changes, take steps even if they are only small ones. Build your knowledge and your confidence and then take more steps. Repeat.
Every entrepreneur started from somewhere. Their supposed overnight success probably isn’t that at all. And, what we see today as a result of their efforts probably didn’t hatch fully-formed overnight either.