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Changing the Imposter Syndrome Narrative

Stephen Adams
I'm a web developer, building apps for my clients using #angular
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There is a lot of talk about imposter syndrome and how developers feel that they don’t know enough, they aren’t as good as their colleagues and there is a constant struggle to keep up with trends in web development.

I think we should really start turning this narrative from ‘I’m not good enough’ to ‘I’m just different from others in the industry’.

I’ve been a web developer for nearly 18 years, back when there was just IE and before the dot com crash, but I still feel at times that I don’t know enough. I work with a colleague of mine who was probably not in secondary school when I started my web development career. He is a very talented developer who I’m enjoying working with, but I do feel at times I know nothing compared to him.

This is really wrong, this comparing ourselves to others is a natural, but it’s counter productive. A better attitude to have is to accept that some developers have different experience and skill sets and that’s all fine.

Learn what you want, as much as you want and try enjoy being a web developer.

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