Do you ever think, “who cares about anything that I have to say?”
Every time you have a similar thought like that, you’re developing imposter syndrome. There are many ways imposter syndrome expresses itself in your mind:
- “If I fail this, I will lose everything.”
- “What if people call me out?”
“I feel like a fake. I’m not the right person to talk about this.”
After these type of thoughts, we often try to downplay the effects:
- “It’s not a big deal.”
- “No one cares anyway.”
- “It’s a matter of luck, anyway.”
Those secondary thoughts are just a defense mechanism. We try to convince ourselves that our work isn’t important and that no one cares.
Remember the times when creativity was only for artists? And that creativity was considered a waste of time? Even though that mentality still exists in education, creativity is one of the most valuable skills in today’s complex world.
- Businesses look for creative employees.
- Artists all over the world step up their creative game.
- And entrepreneurs are basically artists in suits.
Creative thinking is a well-respected skill these days. And with enough practice, everyone can think more creatively. But I still meet people all time who say, “I’m not a creative person.” That’s bullshit, and you know it.
Are you attracted to entrepreneurship? Does the freedom appeal to you? And does that make you want to start a business of your own?
You’re not the only one.
Ever since Tim Ferriss published The Four Hour Work, in which he introduced the lifestyle business concept, a lot of people are chasing the same dream.
It’s pretty appealing, right? You start a business, automate it, hire a virtual assistant, and make money while you’re sleeping or traveling the world.
Everyone wants that. That’s why a lot of people have made it their business to teach you how to do it. They say things like:
- “Do these 20 things and you’ll earn six figures.”
- “Get this online course and you’ll become rich easily without putting in the work!”
- “I travel the world and make 100K of passive income per month. Here’s how I do it.”
“Have a little patience.” That’s something many people have told me very often in the past. And it’s true, used to be very impatient.
Too often, we don’t realize how bad impatience is. I was recently rereading some parts of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway by Susan Jeffers, my favorite book on conquering fear. And this sentence grabbed my attention:
“The biggest pitfall as you make your way through life is impatience.”
I’ve struggled with patience for most of my life. I always want things to happen now. There are many examples of that.
Just admit it, you’ve thought about it before. Social media is great and all. But you and I both know that it also sucks.
Does this scenario sound familiar?
- It’s late at night, you’re in bed, you dread waking up early tomorrow because you have to go to work, so you grab your smartphone, you open up Instagram (or whatever app you’re addicted to).
- And you start browsing, you go from one picture to the next, you watch some videos, you start feeling bad about your life, because all the other people have fun, and you have to go to work in the morning.