Entrepreneur Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jason Feifer, joins Jillian to give practical advice on how the greatest entrepreneurs deal with imposter syndrome.
There is no one correct answer when it comes to creating boundaries between your identity and your work. Some need significant separation, while others identify significantly by their work.
“We should always be evaluating if what we are doing is working for us.”
The crucial point is to ensure our identity isn’t placed in something changeable. Rather than saying, “I am a magazine editor,” Jason says, “I tell stories in my own voice.” Whatever occupation he has, this core part of his identity remains steadfast.
He has become even more convinced that everyone goes through imposter syndrome in his time with impressive people leading multibillion-dollar corporations.
“Nobody ever feels like they know what they are doing.”
Instead of waiting to have it all figured out, start small, and baby step your way to becoming more confident and tackling more significant things.
Mistakes will inevitably be made, and criticism will find its way to you. Instead of fearing it, build it into your expectations. Jason suggests that when critics come your way, ask yourself, “Does this person have a point?”
By and large, the answer is no. Don’t engage with an idiot, but if a person is reasonable and has a point, it can help you evolve and grow. There will be times you will be grateful you ignored haters and other times when it can be transformative.
Most people want to feel heard. Of course, it is unreasonable to expect perfection, but acknowledging the issue and letting people know you are working on it can go a long way when mistakes are made.
“The mistake isn’t the problem; the communication is where you win or lose.”