You know the feeling you get when you get the big assignment or the big promotion, that you have fooled your boss into believing you are more qualified than you really are. You know that you are supposed to accept the challenge but wait for the moment that you will be exposed. You feel like a fraud being credited with rewards that you don’t deserve. We have all experienced the insecurity of potentially saying the wrong thing, making the wrong decision, or not having the answer to the tough problem.

We have been told how hard it is to achieve success and that the challenges sometimes seem insurmountable, so when you are recognized for something that didn’t seem to require the avalanche of effort success seems to require, you feel like you haven’t deserved it. There has been a mistake, and you will be found out. You feel like an imposter.

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