Escaping the Impostor Syndrome
Dexter is my favorite impostor.
Walter White is my 2nd favorite impostor.
Not all impostors have to be bad guys.
Everywhere we look, people
are leading double lives!
In 1970, a 3-month premature baby
had a 50% chance of survival.
I should know. That’s how I got my start.
The Impostor Syndrome	

The inability to
internalize success.
“That was incredible!”	

I have a great team.
“You’re crazy smart!”	

Most of this info
is easily available
online somewhere.
“I want to be you when I grow up!”	

I’m sure you’ll be
even better.
If you really knew
me, you wouldn’t
say those things.
What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
Any minute now,
they’re going to find out
what I don’t know.
What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
I’m really good
at faking it.

What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
I was really lucky.

What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
I was just at the right
place at the right time.

What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
Time to tell yourself to quit it!
It’s critical we escape the impostor syndrome.
Be Honest.
(it’s the first step)
Get Perspective.

(from someone not dealing with it)
Talk about it.

(start with people close to you)
Keep Learning
(keep asking questions)
Teach Others

(even when you don’t feel like an expert)
Keep track of your
accomplishments
(get a LinkedIn account)
Create your own
solutions
Chris Lema	
@chrislema	
chrislema.com	
recovering imposter	

Questions?
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It's easy to feel like a fake. And if you can't internalize your success, you'll likely end up feeling like an impostor. Just waiting to get caught. Here are some tips on escaping the Impostor Syndrome.

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Escaping the Impostor Syndrome

  1. 1. Escaping the Impostor Syndrome
  2. 2. Dexter is my favorite impostor.
  3. 3. Walter White is my 2nd favorite impostor.
  4. 4. Not all impostors have to be bad guys.
  5. 5. Everywhere we look, people are leading double lives!
  6. 6. In 1970, a 3-month premature baby had a 50% chance of survival.
  7. 7. I should know. That’s how I got my start.
  8. 8. The Impostor Syndrome The inability to internalize success.
  9. 9. “That was incredible!” I have a great team.
  10. 10. “You’re crazy smart!” Most of this info is easily available online somewhere.
  11. 11. “I want to be you when I grow up!” I’m sure you’ll be even better.
  12. 12. If you really knew me, you wouldn’t say those things. What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
  13. 13. Any minute now, they’re going to find out what I don’t know. What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
  14. 14. I’m really good at faking it. What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
  15. 15. I was really lucky. What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
  16. 16. I was just at the right place at the right time. What we’re really saying (to ourselves)
  17. 17. Time to tell yourself to quit it!
  18. 18. It’s critical we escape the impostor syndrome.
  19. 19. Be Honest. (it’s the first step)
  20. 20. Get Perspective. (from someone not dealing with it)
  21. 21. Talk about it. (start with people close to you)
  22. 22. Keep Learning (keep asking questions)
  23. 23. Teach Others (even when you don’t feel like an expert)
  24. 24. Keep track of your accomplishments (get a LinkedIn account)
  25. 25. Create your own solutions
  26. 26. Chris Lema @chrislema chrislema.com recovering imposter Questions?
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