I'm reading "Empowered" by Product Management legend Marty Cagan. It's a great read. However he touched upon a concept that I found really interesting.
Imposter Syndrome, or are you just an actual imposter?
It resonated with me because I'm not a fan of the term "Imposter Syndrome", or more specifically the way that most people throw it around.
I just think that this is interesting food for thought. Maybe it's just me lol
EDITED TO ADD WHY I'M NOT A FAN OF HOW THE TERM IS USED
So the reason I'm not a fan is because - and this is only my opinion - I feel like people are too quick to self declare that they have imposter syndrome and I don't think it's something you can say about yourself; it's something someone else should say about you. Hear me out.
Here's the dictionary definition
the persistent inability to believe that one's success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one's own efforts or skills
To me this means that you CANNOT self declare imposter syndrome, because by self declaring what you're saying is:
"I don't feel like I have earned what I have, but actually I know I have, hence Imposter Syndrome"
Now this is a moot point because if you know you have imposter syndrome, then by definition you can't have it. Because the person with imposter syndrome doesn't actually believe they deserve what they have.
Maybe not explaining it well, but to me saying you have imposter syndrome is like saying you're really charismatic, or charming. It's not for you to say, it's a characteristic that someone else, like your boss or a colleague needs to identify.
Eg my boss has told me I get bouts of imposter syndrome but inside my head I'm saying to myself... "No, I don't... I just actually need to be better". I don't say to myself "phew! it's just imposter syndrome I've got. Excellent, for a minute there I thought I was rubbish."