Updated: Feb 14
I’m sure we’ve all experienced those moments when we don’t feel like we belong. I’m not talking about those moments when you feel lonely or isolated. I’m talking about those moments when you’re surrounded by your classmates or co-workers, and you ask yourself, “What am I doing here?...How am I even here?” That is one of the many signs of imposter syndrome.
As legal professionals, we are often seen as the gatekeepers to all the right answers to every question. This commonly triggers imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome can make us feel like we don’t belong in a room filled with people who have the same qualifications as we do. It takes over our sense of judgment, lowers our confidence and even breaks down our determination to pursue our true passions. It will make us take a backseat in the conversations that we should naturally be leading.
The next time imposter syndrome begins to takeover and those questions start to creep into your head, remind yourself of a few things: 1) someone that talks “smart” or is the most vocal in the room may be overcompensating for their own insecurities; 2) every voice should be heard, including your voice; and 3) you belong here and wouldn’t have been able to enter the room if you didn’t.