“Impostor Syndrome is a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It strikes smart, successful individuals.” (Scientific American).
It’s the feeling that no matter how good you get, no matter how competent you are, and no matter how many people think highly of you, you are a fraud, and it’s only a matter of time before we find out just how bad you are.
I contend that we all suffer from Impostor Syndrome to a degree. To feel otherwise is to be lying to others, lying to yourself, or to be altogether sociopathic. The difference between folks is in how they dance with their Impostor Syndrome.
My advice is to become the best impostor you can be, because that feeling isn’t going away any time soon.