How to handle impostor syndrome as a developer with actionable steps
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1. What is impostor syndrome?
It's the feeling that whatever job you're in, you're not qualified for it and got the position due to a fluke.
And you're afraid that people are to figure out any minute that you're just an impostor who has no clue what you're doing.
2. You're not the only programmer that has the impostor syndrome
Understanding this can help you a lot
Junior developers have it
Senior developers have it too
This is something that every developer felt at least once during his journey. You are not alone.
3. You need to build confidence
The reason behind your impostor syndrome is that you're not confident enough in your skills
So how can you solve this?
-build your side projects -build an audience online -get a small freelance job -share your work online
4. Take some time and see how many things you achieved so far
Always keep track of your achievements
Think about where you were one year ago?
100% of the times you'll see an improvement
This means that you're on the right path
5. Understand that nobody expects you to know everything
If you're just starting out: ASK QUESTIONS
Asking for help is okay. Why?
This demonstrates that you have an open mindset and are willing to learn and adapt
6. Pick something and practice it, regularly
Practice it more. Build a few side projects
Do this for a month and then take a look back
You'll see an improvement (which will boost your confidence)
7. Become a mentor and teach others
Most of the times we take the things we already know for granted
Teaching someone that is just starting out (or is less experienced than you)
By doing this you realize how many things you know and how good you are at what you do
8. You are awesome
Do you know how to create a website? That's awesome
Congrats on that. Always celebrate your wins no matter how small they are
I believe that you're awesome and that you can handle impostor syndrome
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It was a nice read, I really appreciate you sharing this.
While reading, I had the following thought: while Building a side project we can also be building our audience online by sharing information about our side project and other relevant information.