Episode 10 – Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

Dealing with Imposter Syndrome

This was one of the harder episodes that I’ve recorded so far. Imposter syndrome is a real thing and it holds a lot of us back from being our best. I knew I wanted to cover the topic, but when I posted “What is currently holding you back from building your best bookkeeping practice?” in our Facebook Group, Imposter Syndrome came up as an answer several times. So, I had to go there!

Show Notes

Harvard Business Review defines imposter syndrome as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. This is so common in our world. In fact, the International Journal of Behavioral Science estimated “70% of people experience these imposter feelings at some point in their lives.” I am definitely one of those people! So, don’t feel like you are alone here.

You can even take a test to see how high you rank on the imposter syndrome scale. Even though I wouldn’t really recommend you do that. It will probably be too depressing and we need to start focusing on the positive and building our confidence in our abilities.

There are 5 different types of imposters. Which one are you?

  1. The Perfectionst
  2. The Superwoman/man
  3. The Natural Genius
  4. The Soloist
  5. The Expect

I think I’m a mixture of several of these. But, I want you to know that you can squash those feelings and you should! Write down all of the wonderful things you have done for clients or find some other way to validate yourself and build your confidence.

If you are unsure of something, don’t be afraid to ask for help! You can do that in our Facebook Group.

In the end, life is too short to let imposter syndrome consume you. It’s time to acknowledge the crazy feelings and let them go.

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Cathy Iconis

Cathy Iconis, CPA is the creator and facilitator of the weekly tweetchat #QBOchat and the website QBOchat.com - a community for QuickBooks Online Users. She is also the founder of Iconis Group, an Intuit Top 20 Firm of the Future, that supports small businesses all over the United States with their bookkeeping needs. She is a five-time recipient of the prestigious CPA Practice Advisor 40 Under 40 Award, given annually to just 40 people nationwide.

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