Surely, this time they’ll find me out and recognize me for the impostor I am.
It’s a common feeling and one experienced by some of the most unlikely sounding people you could imaging. A recent New York Times article noted that Maya Angelou, author of 11 books, winner of three Grammys as well as Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award nominee feared being found out for a fraud every time she published something. (?!?!)
Surely, if someone like that, someone who has “made it” in just about every way a person can as an artist, fear being found out to be a tallentless fraud, it has to be something inborn. It is something in our makeup that makes us doubt ourselves. It turns out it is.
Any time we push the limits, leaving the comfortable envelope of our past accomplishments, we feel like a fraud. No permission was granted. No guarantee of success exists (it never does, even if you are repeating something you’ve done before). It is a sign we are pushing your own limits. How do you deal with that and move on?
We, as Amy Cuddy says in the TED talk below, have to “fake it until you make it” because, unless you do, you can never grow. You can never do anything new, push beyond the common experiences, or even know where your limits currently lie.
My own personal version of this (from my auto racing days) is “If you don’t occasionally go flying off the track, you aren’t driving hard enough.” Failure is a necessary element of success. To expand your limits, your ability, you must first find it, usually by running head long into it at full speed. Repeat until success.
No one is going to give you permission to do anything you haven’t already done a thousand times. Don’t wait for it. Get out there and fake it (i.e. just do it). Run into the edge of your abilities again and again. Each time you do, it will shift a little farther. Even if you feel like a fraud, that is how growth happens.
I promise this video is on point. Stay with it. The entire video is good, but the big pay off is at the end.
He is a self taught experiential learner who is addicted to the possibilities that new (to him) gear open up. He loves to share the things he has worked out. Andrew started with a passion for landscape and night photography and quickly branched out to work in just about every form of photography. He is an ex-software developer with extensive experience in the IT realm.