215 - Mission: Imposter

Think Significantly

Jul 5 2022 • 34 mins

Sometimes we find ourselves in situations where we feel like we are out of our depth.  Whether it’s being placed as a lead for a big project at work or coaching your child’s soccer team, feeling like we lack the competence to meet the expectations of those around us can lead us to sometimes feel like frauds.  That feeling is more commonly known as Imposter Phenomenon. In this episode, Melissa and Pete will dissect and discuss these feelings that an estimated 70% of people will experience at least once in their life.

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In this Ted Talk, Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company that has been used by upwards of 70,000 organizations, reveals how he constantly feels like an imposter, but has learned to harness those feelings for his benefit. While successful people are often susceptible to imposter phenomenon, they also tend to question their ideas and their knowledge regularly and aren’t afraid to seek advice and use that input to hone their ideas. Moreover, Mike talks about how imposter phenomenon can enhance our personal relationships as well. As he explains, an attribute of the most successful personal relationships is when both partners feel like their partner is out of their league. Individuals can leverage imposter phenomenon to stretch themselves to be the best partner and achieve a very successful personal relationship.

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