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Tripping Over Imposter Syndrome
Navigating Self-Doubt in the Psychedelic Space and beyond
Today, let's dive into a topic that affects almost everyone at some point in their lives – imposter syndrome.
Imposter syndrome is something most of us have or will experience at some point in our lives. Whether we are new entrepreneurs or experts in our field. We may be confronted with this strange, overwhelming feeling that we don't belong and that we are not capable.
Imposter syndrome is the persistent feeling of self-doubt, inadequacy, and the fear of being exposed as a "fraud" despite evidence of competence. According to a study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, about 70% of people experience imposter syndrome at some point in their lives. This phenomenon is even more prevalent in new industries such as the psychedelic industry, where newcomers may grapple with uncharted territory and uncertain outcomes.
As the founder of Entheo Ventures, I've experienced imposter syndrome firsthand. Whether going through a risky career change or launching new projects, it’s just something that comes up from time to time. I've found that the best way to deal with this feeling is to lean in and push through. While not a profound statement, it's what has worked for me in the past. In the psychedelic space, many frequently talk about experiencing "ego death" as a result of working with different medicines. I don't believe true ego death is possible—maybe temporary ego death at best (thank you, 5meo)—but that can be a good thing because I believe a little ego can be your ally in this fight.
I recently had a conversation with an old friend, where we discussed her reluctance to pursue her passion for health and wellness despite being deeply passionate about it and having every reason and skill to do so. As we delved deeper, she admitted, "I guess I have imposter syndrome." My response was, "That's okay, me too. So what?"
The question is, how do we move past it? How do we dance on the fine line between "fake it till you make it" and genuine confidence in our abilities?
Dr. Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist and tenured professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, suggests that imposter syndrome is a natural response to stress and uncertainty. He emphasizes the importance of reframing the way we perceive stress and using it as an opportunity for growth. To combat imposter syndrome, he recommends focusing on the process rather than the outcome and embracing the inherent uncertainty and potential failure.
Overcoming Imposter Syndrome: Expert Insights and Strategies
To help you conquer imposter syndrome, let's explore some strategies I’ve picked up based on insights from hours and hours of podcasts with people like David Goggins, Andrew Huberman, and Jay Shetty:
Acknowledge and accept your feelings: It's important to recognize that imposter syndrome is common, and it's okay to feel this way. As Jay Shetty says, "Your potential is endless. Go do what you were created to do." Embrace your feelings, but don't let them define your capabilities.
Reframe your thoughts: Shift your focus from your fears to your strengths and achievements. As David Goggins suggests, "You are in danger of living a life so comfortable and soft, that you will die without ever realizing your true potential." Remember your past successes and use them as a foundation for future growth.
Embrace lifelong learning: Continuously educate yourself and hone your skills. When you feel prepared and knowledgeable, it's easier to combat feelings of inadequacy.
Find a support network: Surround yourself with people who uplift and inspire you. Share your experiences and learn from others who have faced similar challenges. A strong support network can help you navigate the complexities of imposter syndrome.
Celebrate your accomplishments: Take time to recognize and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small they may seem. Every victory counts. Acknowledging your successes can boost your confidence and help you overcome feelings of inadequacy.
“The key thing is not to go through each one of those actions day by day, but to pause for a moment after every milestone and tell yourself: I’m heading in the right direction,” Andrew Huberman.
As the psychedelic industry evolves, it's crucial to strike a balance between self-assurance and humility. Recognizing and managing imposter syndrome is an essential part of that journey. By addressing it head-on and implementing these strategies, you can harness the power of confidence, stay grounded in your expertise, and continue to thrive in the ever-changing psychedelic landscape.
Stay tuned for more insights, news, and updates from the world of psychedelics. As always, keep exploring, and let's continue to grow together!
Founder, Entheo Ventures