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🧘 How should someone deal with imposter syndrome in the community space?

Have you ever felt out of your depth, like a fraud, and just guessed/bullshitted your way through the situation, petrified that at any time, someone was going to call you on it? - Mike-Cannon Brookes

Even the Co-Founder of Atlassian, Mike-Cannon Brookes, opened up about his fear of not being enough. Often felt as if he didn’t deserve to be where he was; he would find himself in meetings wearing a pair of jeans a t-shirt while everyone else would be in suits. He would find himself writing down the acronyms being thrown around the room just to back and look it up on Wikipedia. And look at where Atlassian is today!

In 2018, I took a Udacity course in front-end web development and found the community managers to be stellar advocates who were really motivating. I was looking to break into tech, and got inspired and started applying for community-type jobs as a result. I landed my first gig at Khan Academy, where I led and managed volunteer groups for a year before moving onto Quora to oversee writer and power user programs, and am now doing the same at Retool. - Alina Din, Community Manager at Retool

It happens to the best of us. But instead of running from it, it’s important to acknowledge it. Be honest with yourself, about who you are. The truth is - there will always be someone who’s better than you at something or the other. And that’s okay, that’s how it’s supposed to be. Nobody’s destined to be great at everything, but if you beat yourself up about it, it isn’t going to solve a thing either. Rather, figure out who you are, what you’re good at, and keep at it. If you’re reading this, we’re willing to bet that you’re somehow definitely involved in the community space, which implies that you’re helping people. Take it from us when we say this - you’re doing a lot more that you think are.

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