Episode 2: Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome is almost a given when you run your own business, especially in the age of Instagram. This week, we're putting the microscope (or microphone... eh?) on impostor syndrome and delving into what triggers impostor syndrome in each of us, the stories we tell ourselves that help feed it, and the ways we deal with it. Spoiler Alert: it's all in your head.

Show Notes

Impostor Syndrome definition (via Wikipedia): Impostor syndrome (also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome or the impostor experience) is a concept describing individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a "fraud".

Resources & References for this Episode:


Creative Babes

Wholly Craft

Sliding Doors

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Empire Records

Picture of Emily looking like a cool girl


Picture of Emily’s weaving

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Being Boss: Maker Boss with Nicole Bisby

Boss Ass Bitch

Bossy by Kelis

Good as Hell by Lizzo

Barack Obama - Speech on Donald Trump Win

Real Talk Radio - Nicole Antoinette

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Action Steps

  • List the reasons why the story you’re telling yourself isn’t true

  • List your wins on your phone to check during rough times

  • Text a friend with your accomplishments (it's not bragging - they want you to succeed!)


  • Define your values -- what’s important to you? (Instead of comparing yourself to others)

  • Just get to work: put down your phone and do the first step of whatever project you’re avoiding

  • Acknowledge that there are different paths and be proud of your own

  • If you’re feeling triggered by people on social media, then just unfollow them. You’ll feel better.

  • Get coffee with a friend and talk it out

  • Go for a long walk or run

  • Journal

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