2014-01-24: Added text from images
Don’t wait to feel like an expert before you share what you’ve learned. The world needs more beginners.
So there’s value in whatever you can share, even if you’re just starting out.
But you probably weren’t waiting for that reassurance. Maybe there’s something else holding you back. The more I think about this, the more I recognize (in myself and others) the fear, sometimes, of being less experienced and less knowledgeable than other people think you are.
I find myself adopting these coping mechanisms when the impostor syndrome intersects with my professional life:
With others, I minimize the chance of impostor syndrome by giving them as much information as they need to make their own decisions. As for me, I think the best strategy for me is to throw myself into being a beginner, to embrace that figuring-out, to be delighted by the gaps and the mistakes, and to share the journey – especially the detours.