The struggles of imposter syndrome
I don’t know about you, but there were sometimes this year where I struggled with imposter syndrome. Who am I to pursue this career in running my own business? What makes me good enough to do this? I’m sure I’m not the only one with those thoughts. In fact I have talked to other entrepreneurs that felt the same way. The world has a way of making you feel that what you are doing isn’t worth a dime sometimes, and in no way is this blog post a way for me to complain about how hard it is to run a business. Yes, it is hard, but if things were easy everyone would be doing it. Everyone tends to have those moments of self doubt, I mean we are only human! It’s natural to feel that way. But you need to remember why you started this journey to begin with. What can you bring to the table others can’t?
This past August I had the amazing opportunity to attend a Hope Taylor Alumni Retreat. I purchased one of Hope’s courses during the summer which opened up this opportunity for me. For a while since I do have schooling in photography, I felt that I didn’t need to purchase any courses to learn from anyone else. I can figure it out myself. Boy was I wrong….. After FINALLY investing in my first course to benefit my business it opened a whole world of possibilities of learning to improve my business. That is where the imposter syndrome started to creep in. The struggles made me doubt what I was doing and seeing other photographer’s success made me doubt my talents on how they made it look so easy.
Flash forward to this retreat. I knew this would be a great opportunity for me since I have never been to one before so I went in with an open mind. I was getting to be a bit frustrated with where my business was going so this was the refresh button I needed. Little did I know that during that weekend I would be inspired by so many like-minded photographers and bosses that they have become some of my closest friends and allies! During the retreat we all talked about our struggles and our own feelings of imposter syndrome which made me realize that even the “top dogs” feel it too. I’m not alone. That was really a turning point for me.
Before I never had allies. I never had people to go to bounce ideas off of adn to be inspired again to keep going, to remind myself why I started this journey in the first place. If you feel that way, let me be the first to tell you that you are NOT ALONE! There are so many of us out there that feel the same. We all just want a community of support to boost each other up to succeed. There are so many awesome communities out there that are waiting for you to join. All you have to do is reach out.
We all want to succeed and we are all going through the same thing. Some days maybe harder than others but just remember why you started. Everyone is different and can bring something completely different to the table that only they can. Trust in yourself and if you need help don’t be afraid to ask. We can all succeed and there is always room for anyone that wants to get into any industry no matter how saturated it maybe.
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