Three pro tips for tackling impostor syndrome

Daragh Byrne on August 16, 2019

There is no shortage of articles about impostor syndrome on and other programming websites. It's a perennial topic for developers. It will... [Read Full]
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My tip is kind of a meta tip:

Once you know the name of what you're feeling (imposter syndrome) - you can start to have power over it. You can say "oh - this feeling is natural" instead of "ahhh, I'm failing!", and then you can work towards a more positive and productive mindset.


I like to think of it this way: I work to exceed expectations, I take enough time to care for my health (sleep, good food, relaxing when I need to, etc), and then I spend every moment I can learning. Thus I’m learning as much as is physically possible for me. If I honestly give my best, while not attacking my health, every single day, there is no way I am an impostor. So far it’s working. I know most developers know more than me because they’ve been at it longer; but I have other skills that other developers don’t have; I was a designer before starting developing.

It reminds me of a piece of advice for college students I read somewhere: “Sleep more than you study, study more than you party, party as much as you can”, only I change the order and add in work.

PS: The paragraph right before the article seems to be cut off 🤭


Thanks for the Impostor Book reference! Seems like a nice companion to my Programming Without Anxiety book.

Former seems to concentrate on the curriculum and tooling part, mine on tackling stuck progress and hard situations (now working on the part about debugging..).

I liked the graphics - it reminds me of Illustrating Basic, which was remarkably well written and set.


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It's one of a trio of resources I suggested. The working with emotional content, the fake it till you make it, and, yes, fill in some gaps you might feel :)

The longer article I referenced gives a fuller explanation of my stance!

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