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Teacher Pep Talk: Finding Your Voice and Fighting Imposter Syndrome (Episode 38)

Feb 07, 2023

Have you ever felt like you just weren't "enough"?  Here is an imposter syndrome definition for anyone who is unsure or never experienced this: imposter syndrome is a set of inadequacies that linger in the face of achievement.  It is difficult for "imposters" to feel successful or have outside validation of their competence because they are constantly doubt themselves and feel like "a fraud."  Yes, unfortunately, imposter syndrome is a real thing, but there are things we can do to stomp it to the curb.  Truthfully, we all - myself included - struggle with this at some point in our journey.  Therefore, even though your own imposter syndromes may manifest in a variety of ways, in order to find a way to your boundless success, we must tackle it head-on.  In today's episode, we're doing just that.

Here’s a list of questions that may indicate that you’re dealing with imposter syndrome:

  • Are you certified in middle school but want to step into a different grade level?

  • Are you a first year teacher and want to try something new or innovative but scared of what veterans will think?

  • Are you wanting to step into a leadership role?

  • Are you ready to retire but still feel like you could bring something vital to the education table?

  • Do you feel unfulfilled in your current role but afraid to step into a new role for fear you may fail? Or not be good enough?

If you answered yes to any of the above or if you relate to any of the above, you might be dealing with imposter syndrome. In this episode, I’m going to lay out the action steps you need to kick imposter syndrome to the curb. Before I do, I'm going to share with you my recent imposter infiltration and remind you that you are not alone.



  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • How imposter syndrome shows up for educators
  • How to overcome it
  • Why imposter syndrome exists
  • Imposter syndrome pep talk to get you to shift your perspective when you feel like you're not "enough"







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