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Breaking free of the imposter feeling
it is an anxiety that bogs us down and stops us from acting
I am slowly breaking free of feeling like an imposter. Anxiety is a big thing. As you build your expertise and knowledge over the years, the gap from the norms increases. When I suggest something, I am often told that I am an idealist and that righteous pragmatism was used instead.
I recently learned that pragmatism really means we have several data points and perspectives and we make conscious trade-offs and ideal scenarios and options being among what was considered. That has lessened my imposter syndrome. I have become brave enough to place options even if such options might not be acted upon. Not even being able to talk about options, and being shut down without being heard is such a putdown and I have decided that I am not going to accept those anymore.
Being in the change business is hard. The Dunning-Kruger effect is all around. Those who know less or nothing at all pretend to be confident in their answers and while one has cognitive options which might be more useful end up looking like the fool. And I don’t mean it egotistically.
It is a strange world indeed. Punished for being curious and for using intelligence to ask more questions and find more answers before acting.