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Imposters: George Washington, Leonardo Da Vinci & Barbara Corcoran

What these high-achievers can teach you about overcoming self-doubt

Ever seen Shark Tank?

Barbara Corcoran has starred in the reality startup investing show for 14 years now, yet she admitted to feeling like a total imposter:

“Who doesn’t suffer from imposter syndrome? Even when I sold my business for $66 Million, I felt like an absolute fraud!”

Barbara Corcoran

She’s not alone… other big names doubting themselves include:

  • John Steinbeck: "I am not a writer. I've been fooling myself and other people."

  • Leonardo Da Vinci: "Tell me if I ever did a thing."

  • George Washington: “I greatly apprehend that my countrymen will expect too much from me.”

These incredible people have gone on to win Pulitzer Prizes, be one of the greatest artists in the history of planet Earth, and to be a Founding Father and first President of the United States.

But people like you and I pull the “imposter card” as an excuse to not do even the small things we feel called to do.

Whether you dream to be a coach or have been doing it for decades, there’s a 99.99% chance you’ve dealt with feeling like this at some point.

The truth is, the only ones who don’t have imposter syndrome (at least once), are the real imposters.

But why do we experience this?

  1. It’s rooted in your inner integrity. You want to actually help people, not just fool them.

  2. It’s based in comparison. You compare the worst in yourself to the best in others, which obviously leaves you looking completely inadequate.

  3. It also can be a sign of wisdom. Being aware that there’s a lot you don’t know is a huge step above naively thinking you know everything.

So stop downplaying your skills, experience, and wisdom.

You have unique value to share that no one on the planet can offer but you.

The only way to figure out what that is, is to start sharing.

What if Steinbeck, Da Vinci or Washington gave up when their initial doubts hit? Where would art, literature, and America be today?

How many people are out there right now waiting for the impact you’ll have to change their life forever?

You playing small will rob 10’s, 100’s, 1,000’s or even millions of people from learning, experiencing, and living what you could have helped them achieve.

I love Vincent Van Gogh’s advice:

“If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced."

Quote of the week:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate,

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves,

Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.”

Marianne Williamson

Song of the week:

- Kirk

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