Did you know that 70% of people feel like an imposter or a fraud? This is true especially people for those who are in leadership roles as they tend to stand up and take charge. But how do you determine if you have imposter syndrome? Imposter syndrome symptoms


If you’ve felt some or all of the feelings below:

  • You feel like a fraud and that you will be exposed eventually.
  • You don’t deserve your success.
  • You don’t have the skills or talent to thrive in your field.
  • You envy people because they seem to have it all together.
  • You believe that your achievements are due to luck.

…then you, my friend, may suffer from imposter syndrome. 

But don’t worry. This episode was made specifically for you. 

The thing with imposter syndrome is that it works in a cycle as people would rather conceal than reveal. The whole cycle often starts with a new task/role/switch as you get anxious and procrastinate or you overwork. 

Whenever someone with imposter syndrome gets positive feedback, they immediately attribute this to outer factors like luck or overpreparation. The danger in this is the chance that you’ll keep reinforcing these beliefs and it will continue to fuel your imposter syndrome. 

The 3 core elements of imposter syndrome

  • A belief that you are fooling others.
  • Fear of being exposed as an “impostor”. There’s a fear that people will find out that you’re not as good as you claim to be. 
  • An inability to attribute your own achievements to internal qualities such as ability, intelligence, or skills.

The 6 symptoms of imposter syndrome

  • Perfectionism
  • Overwork 
  • Fear of failure 
  • Disregarding praise
  • Discounting achievements 
  • Fear of Success

3 steps to overcome imposter syndrome

  1. Recognize and celebrate your success and wins
  2. Identify overworking and procrastination
  3. Talk about it

If you’d like to hear me expound on each imposter syndrome symptom and how to overcome them, listen to the podcast episode now to know more!

In this Episode: 

(1:42) What is imposter syndrome, who experiences it the most and how to check the signs 

(5:37) The 3 core elements of imposter syndrome

(6:20) The 6 symptoms of imposter syndrome 

(9:02) Perfectionism and overworking – why success doesn’t always mean hard work

(13:10) Why people with imposter’s syndrome are afraid of success

(16:05) 3 steps to overcome imposter’s syndrome

(19:43) How overworking and procrastination go hand-in-hand


Episode Snippets:

“It is normal if you sometimes feel like a fraud or you’re doing something and you’re not sure if this is the way to do things.” 

“People are more inclined to conceal rather than to reveal.” 

“When we get positive feedback, we often attribute this not to us but to factors such as luck or preparation or circumstances. That often tells me that imposter syndrome is working in your environment.” 

“This is also coupled with the belief that success only comes when I work hard. Money only comes when I work hard. Working hard equals to me growing my business but it doesn’t have to be. Success can also be easy. You can also make money without working like if you have automations and things set up in your business.”

“Those with imposter syndrome often attribute their success to external factors. They have difficulty accepting compliments because they feel they don’t deserve them.”

“You are a very big part of your achievements and your wins. Owning that, accepting that and seeing that is part of growing as an entrepreneur and growing out of that imposter syndrome.”

“Rather than embracing recognition and praise, ‘imposters’ focus on their mistakes, their failures or their flaws.”


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