Imposter Syndrome. I was thinking about it anyway after the most recent episode of The Potters Cast (@pdblais), but had an email exchange this morning that really made me feel it in a way I hadn't recently. If anyone was thinking it goes away at a certain number of followers or sales, I'm sorry to say that it either doesn't or I'm not there yet.
I genuinely believe it can be a good thing, if you can use it as fuel for growth and development, but it does suck to go through it. And it does lessen as you get more evidence that disproves the harshest comments from your inner critic.
But if your standards are increasing at the same rate as your ability, there will always be areas where you can improve.
Having someone highlight them will be useful in the long term if you improve from it. How they word it will have a lot to do with how helpful it is in the short term, but there isn't too much you can do about that.
So if you're currently feeling imposter syndrome, I'm right there with you. It'll pass, and we'll be better for it.
And yes, it was a shitty email. I don't get many at all, because you're all wonderful people, but that makes them all the more jarring when they do happen. I'm using it as an opportunity to improve another of my processes, and I hope sharing this is helpful to someone, so the overall experience is a net positive.
P.S. The video is nothing to do with it, it's just my favourite of the failures I've caught on camera.
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