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3 ways to silence imposter syndrome (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star)

Roughly, Gab & Jam, episode 225. ​​​​Three ways to silence imposter syndrome (for the D.I.Y. Rock Star) (video: and podcast: )

What is "imposter syndrome"?

You’re probably asking the same thing that Bruce did, which is ‘What is “imposter syndrome”?’ Basically, it’s self-doubt on steroids. However, according to Harvard Business Review, it was coined in 1978:

Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many question whether they’re deserving of accolades.

How to prepare for a music conference:

Why does it seem to hit musical artists more?

This seems particularly important to us D.I.Y. Rock Stars, because there is a certain level of vulnerability in building something on your own—especially in the creative realm—so that, as we attain higher heights and check larger goals off the list and receive higher accolades, it is sometimes hard to see that anything has changed—except that we know it has (in terms of subscribers and influence and brand notoriety). This leads to wondering if we “belong” where we are. Similar to doctors and lawyers, there is an assumption by those outside that you know “everything” about whatever it is you are talking about. After all, you are the “expert,” right? And often other folks in your profession will foster that doubt in you, in order to make themselves feel “more qualified,” so it’s not a surprise when it’s hard to tell how much of an authority you are, actually.