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Imposter Syndrome: How it may be limiting your happiness and success

Imposter Syndrome: How it may be limiting your happiness and success

By Sue Simmons
Loving Warrior Women Coaching

Have you ever felt that you’re not as smart as others perceive you to be? That you’re not really deserving of your success? That some day you’ll be discovered as an “intellectual phony,” and your world will come crumbling down around you? If so, you’re in the company of many other competent women!

Years ago, this was my experience. I felt alone, anxious, and suffered terribly. It was my “dirty little secret.” At the time, I was working in a male-dominated environment, as the lone female manager in the history of the organization. At home, my son had just been diagnosed with autism, and my daughter had just turned one. It wasn’t until I happened across an article on Imposter Syndrome that I realized that I wasn’t alone! I was flooded with relief, and grateful that there was a name for what I was experiencing.

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