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This is a shoutout to Imposter Syndrome

Dylan Mestyanek on October 10, 2019

This is a concept that I'm realizing more and more each day, and while it may only be relatable to a couple people, I think it is an import thing t... [Read Full]
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I dealt with impostor syndrome for months after I started my current job a little over a year ago - I came into a web application project/support lead role after years of working in various network support roles and very quickly felt out of my depth on many things. Due to my prior experience and educational background, the amount of new concepts was pretty overwhelming, and I felt like my teammates all knew so much that I'd never be able to keep up with or understand myself. I started to feel like I deserved neither this amazing opportunity nor the significant positive impact it has had on my personal life.

Over the past year, however, I've learned a few things:
1) always, always, always practice patience - most especially with yourself
2) IT'S PERFECTLY OKAY TO ADMIT YOU DON'T KNOW OR UNDERSTAND SOMETHING!!
3) never be afraid to ask questions
4) it may take some time to learn exactly what questions to ask - this is fine!
5) on a good team, your teammates are likely far more understanding of the fact that you are learning than you give them credit for.

Nowadays I still frequently run into things I don't know or immediately understand, but I don't suffer from impostor syndrome. I've learned a lot, and am confident that I'll continue to develop my skills and maybe even become worthy of the title of "developer" myself someday!

 

This is super awesome, I love hearing this! This is a great reminder for myself, and others, that the feeling is normal!

I love that too, it's okay to admit you don't know something! This could apply to so many things, in addition to programming! Thanks for sharing your experience, super motivating - keep up the fantastic work, wishing you the best! :D

 
 

Hey Dylan! This post is so true, while reading I felt like I wrote this post πŸ˜­πŸ˜‚. I mean every work explains what I felt and still feel, I am still not so good at problem solving and I legitttt do what you said - trying problems on sites and when I cant even think a way to approach the problem I check other students solutions and I legit feel the way you wrote - like How the hell am I supposed to think like that XD is it even for me? But I am working towards this problem. But true Imposter Syndrome is Real and I still deal with it on daily basis lol. But I just know Later or sooner I will get there 🀘 till then Let's keep Crushing it !πŸ‘ŠπŸ”₯

PS: I legit made Dev.to account to comment on your post XD, I also like writing but never started a blog but I will do now, coz blogs like this helps alot and I would love to be that person to help others like your this blog made me realise I am not the only one Haha. People always say it will come with time and practice but it doesn't help much but your explanation kind of relieved me XD. Okay I will stop ranting now πŸ˜‚Sorry.

You are doing really great ! Keep crushing it πŸ”₯πŸ‘Š

 

I'm so glad to hear this, that's incredible! It's definitely easy to get inside your own head, so I'm glad this helps you get away from that mindset! I encourage you to start writing as well! It's a great way to clear your mind, retain what you've learned, and also it's really fun overall! Wishing you the best! :)

 

Hey man, you really resonated with this post. Keep up the amazing work your doing and remember that through repetition of a complex task and the struggle it becomes easier and easier to understand. However, the unique factor is that as a programmer the problem is always changing but the core principals always apply. I have a lot of experience in programming and I can only imagine what someone who is completely knew must feel.

I personally suffer from Impostor Syndrome and it really does not go away you just have to keep telling yourself that with something as complex as programming most developers out there all suffer from that feeling that they might be the right person for the job. The key difference is they don't let those feelings stop them and that is one awesome takeaway I learned from attending Lambda School.

I look forward to reading more posts from you in the future. :)

 

So true, man! The problems really are always changing, and I've definitely learned that as long as you have secured the core principals down, you can definitely solve whatever you put your mind too.

Imposter syndrome will always be there, but not enough to hold us back from our goals - cheers to the rest of your journey, man! Thanks so much for the support, and wishing you the best! :D

 

I've been doing this for like 15 years or so and it still happens to me. But this sentence on your text:

I feel it's extremely important to push yourself to solve a problem with the method that you can actually envision working

That's what help me most of the times.

Thanks for sharing!

 

My point is - simply solving a problem is good enough, when you're learning. Give yourself the credit where it's due. Solving any challenge, especially your first few is extremely satisfying. Cherish that feeling, feel proud!

I can't agree more.

In fact, I didn't even know the self-doubting feeling was called imposter syndrome until recently.

I felt bad at collage years ago all the time: I can never learn enough stuff to find my success, and look at all these smart nerds, they got it all, and I got nothing!

The truth is, I don't need to beat everyone to be successful. I only need to complete my own goals to win, one small step at a time. History:

  • I paid on codeschool.com (it was bought by pluralsight and no longer active on its own) to learn frontend stuff
  • I followed a few tutorials online to build my experiment project
  • I started a side hustle project with a friend, and I did most of the coding for the website for two months

The three steps above gave me a massive feeling of accomplishment. I gave myself tons of credits. My smart college friends must indeed be doing something else cool, but you know what, I got my own hustles now!

 

That's awesome! Super inspiring, love hearing about moments like this. Great work! Always striving to improve yourself, not comparing to the accomplishments of others. Thanks for sharing, got me pumped! πŸ˜„

 

Thank you for writing this article. It's reassuring and much needed ❀

 

Super pumped you got some value from it Ebrahim, that makes me happy! No matter where you're at on your journey, keep grinding and pushing forward - you've got this, man! Thanks for the support! :D

 

You spoke about the issue of oneliners.
Incidences whereby a fellow coder solves a problem using a slick one line of code and i on the other hand deal with sphaghetti. Thats my story every day. One thing though that has has helped me scale up is staying in the community, building relationships with fellow devs, getting mentorships from a bunch of different devs, having my code reviewed etc.and finally reading as much code as I can.
Instead of books I now read code in my free time.
And my code keeps improving by the day.
As for imposter syndrome, does that ever really go away ???
I will continue to fake it all the way to the bank.

 

Nice experience, keep up the good work. That is my take: "no matter what, keep pushing forward; never give up, deal with the devils inside one at a time" πŸ‘

 

Great way to put it Renato! I live by that mindset, never give up - and definitely, go ONE day at a time. Just need to focus on your current priorities and challenges and push through to the next. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - it really means the world! :)

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