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Tip 7: Reverse imposter syndrome (the art of not giving a ****)

Imposter syndrome is an utter nonsense, and this is why.

Graeme Tidd
Graeme Tidd
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Now is the time to get over your imposter syndrome.

This is a case of not giving a flying monkey's scrotum:

Tom Hanks is a great actor.

Not in the latest Pinocchio movie.

Aside from mumbling his way through the film, he completely discards his Italian accent halfway through.

Even my 9-year-old was concerned.

Consider the key facts about the production of the film:

  • Over £120m budget
  • Directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Hanks is a multi-award winner
  • Disney signed it off

Yet Hanks, the producers, the director, and the production company don't give a stuff about accent consistency. Clearly.

Maybe they realised the film was utter tosh and gave in.

This wasn't a case of the Dunning-Kruger Effect, where a person's lack of knowledge and skills cause them to overestimate their own competence.

I'm noticing all too often that people are going into projects half-arsed.

The Internet is littered with such examples.

If you suffer from imposter syndrome, understand that in addition to the folk who have succumbed to the Dunning-Kruger Effect (and are having a crack at business), there also exists the group of people who are competent yet do the bare minimum. And they're still making it work.

Both of these groups are making money. And you're not.

What the actual hell are you waiting around for?

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Graeme Tidd

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