Three Tips for Managing Impostor Syndrome

Ali Spittel on August 06, 2019

Have you ever been scared to contribute to a conversation or publish a blog post because you were worried you weren’t qualified enough? Wondered ho... [Read Full]
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Awesome, practical list. Remembering that you do awesome things is crucial.

See also my in-depth article about the origins of impostor syndrome and how I deal with it.


Started teaching advanced level React training workshops for senior teams in a very large company, and I have been consumed by negative thoughts in the last couple of months.

Realistically, I am probably less experienced with React than a large portion of my audience, so the thoughts are somewhat justified..

BUT, and I must remember this, I was chosen to run these workshops for other reasons: a friendly, positive personality. Empathy. The fact that I used to be a school teacher.

This post reminds me to focus on those positive factors to cheer myself up, so... thank you! 🤗


Great points and it was an awesome episode. Thanks for tackling such an important subject.

I still get imposter syndrome despite having 23 years code experience and 7 years commercial full time experience.

I've got better at dealing with it, but it still comes back now and then.


Thanks for this write-up. Imposter Syndrome can be so tough to manage! I've had my ups and downs related to it, so a distilled list like this to reference when its a slump is a really helpful formalization.

One of the worst-feeling experiences of recent memory for me was sharing with a superior in a 1-1 setting the feelings of imposter syndrome, and the response being disgust and the reply "maybe it's true, then? Imposter Syndrome is a weakness and and a problem". That definitely hit me pretty hard, but falling back on wins and remembering things I've done well in the past was how I got over that initial horrible-feeling gut punch.


I just referenced this on the article I published. Great write up!


Thanks for writing this and for always being so open. This is definitely a hard thing to talk about sometimes, so articles and podcasts like this are always so helpful and appreciated.


Oh totally! It's something I've battled with a ton, and I think it helps everyone if I'm honest about that. Same with the other hosts :)


Thanks for the shout out! :) Happy you found the post useful, and I hope it helps others feel less like an imposter.


Such an awesome post, thanks for writing it!


Great post!

Here is my favorite tip above all:

Be a Rockstar Developer

There is nothing worse than developers deceiving themselves that it's just a syndrome when they're actually not good.

If they ain't be able to create apps, they should start learning.

If they can't build simple products, they should be getting used to starting their own products.

There is nothing wrong with admitting weak points and working on them.


Hmmm I don't get your point... but, that's what we were taught at school, to use "he" when referring to an unknown third person.

Is there a better way to refer to an unknown person?

Been edited 🙂

I just looked that up and understood that it's related to gender inclusive lang issues...

Sorry for not being aware of those (before), and thanks for letting me know.

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