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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about imposter syndrome and how it stops all of us from doing big things in the world.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me
  • We whitewash history and the characters – 2-dimensional people.
  • Like the tale of George Washington and the cherry tree.
  • We are complex human beings. Filled with good and bad.
  • We have a whole spectrum of human emotion and potential.
  • We see our imperfections as glaring comparisons to our whitewashed heroes.
  • When we try to reach out for something big we see ourselves as imposters.
  • Our current climate in the U.S. isn’t making this any easier.
  • If someone has made a mistake in the distant past, they are being annihilated and their careers ruined.
  • Villains don’t have any complexity either. They are all bad.
  • We whitewash the heroes and blackwash the villains.
  • If we see things in this 2D way, we hand ourselves over to the authority. “I was just following orders.”
  • None of us will default to the good action all the time.
  • We do ourselves a disservice when we don’t realize that good people make bad choices sometimes. And vice versa.
  • Skeletons in the closet don’t mean you don’t deserve to be in a place of leadership.
  • We should want our leaders to be flawed.
  • Or we tell ourselves that we have to be flawless from this point forward or our current credibility is going to be called into question.
  • Anytime somebody has predatory behavior and is unremorseful about it, that is a different conversation.
  • If you are a predator, you are an imposter. Wolves in sheep’s clothing.
  • Zero sum game – more interested in themselves being the winner and everyone else the loser.
  • Shifting morals and our tendency to make mistakes can keep many people from playing a bigger game.
  • Imposter syndrome can be defined in different ways.
  • It is basically when someone is qualified to do something but fears they aren’t qualified.
  • If you fear your ability to lead yourself or others, you hand yourself over to others leadership.
  • What makes you think they aren’t the imposters? Maybe they are just better at faking it than you are.
  • Sometimes other people don’t cut us any slack, so we start feeling insecure about our qualifications.
  • As technology allows us to step into new forms of leadership, it is becoming more imperative that we deal with this with bravery, sovereignty, and the awareness that our intentions are good.
  • The ones who seem to be the best at dismissing feedback may be dehumanizing the deliverers, which doesn’t serve them in the long term.
  • Somebody else equally unqualified is going to be out there.
  • We might as well fill the vacuum with our thoughts.
  • If you are struggling with imposter syndrome, you are the only person that can conquer this.
  • The outside world is not going to give you the rubber stamp that you are qualified.
  • You are the boardroom with the rubber stamp.
  • The more ego work you do, the more you accept the missiles from critics and realize it doesn’t have anything to do with you.
  • Be brave and do it anyway.
  • What are your experiences with imposter syndrome?

In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk about imposter syndrome and how it stops all of us from doing big things in the world. #podcast #impostersyndrome #personaldevelopment

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  • Michael (A.A)
    • Michael (A.A)
    • December 17, 2019 at 12:50 am

    That’s a good theory. It might actually be related to this psychological term, though whether it applies to your individual situation, and how, is something only you can answer.


  • Tariq Khan
    • Tariq Khan
    • February 21, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    “Do not give up the world to those one despises.” – Frank O’Connor to his wife Ayn Rand and used in a context when she was feeling discouraged.

  • Anne Marie Jackson
    • Anne Marie Jackson
    • January 18, 2018 at 2:15 am

    Loved this episode. That is why I love reading about Biblical characters such as King David who was call a man after God’s heart but look at his mistakes. He stole someone’s wife and knocked her up. Then basically had him killed. Then realized his brokenness and submitted to the Lord.

  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • January 12, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    You may have missed the point of the podcast.


  • Ash V. O.
    • Ash V. O.
    • January 8, 2018 at 8:01 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Especially re: feedback, leaving a leadership void, and having compassion. Thank you!

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