Imposter Syndrome-Welcome to My World!
January 14, 2020
I thank Jon Shaulis (blog|twitter) for hosting T-SQL Tuesday #122. The topic for this month is Imposter Syndrome. I also want to acknowledge Adam Machanic’s vision behind this project. I learned a lot from some of the #TSQL Tuesday’s and participated in a few. Thank you, Steve Jones (blog|twitter), for coordinating this program. If you are interested to see previous topics, visit here.
I needed much time to understand the topic. I was reading the definition of ‘Imposter Syndrome’ everywhere but could not picture what does this mean? Jon provided a search url that landed me to a podcast by ‘SQL Data Partners‘. It was ‘Episode 99: Imposter Syndrome‘ by Mindy Curnutt (blog|twitter) whom I had the privilege to meet few times during SQL PASS Summit. Listening to Mindy’s podcast, I truly understood what does ‘Imposter Syndrome’ means. It was like she was talking about my thought process.
After a successful 12 year career in Marchant Marine, I moved to the USA. I started Graduate School after rejecting to pursue a career in Coast Guard, which has many similarities to Marchant Marine. Looking back now, coming to a new profession in the mid-thirties most likely caused my ‘Imposter Syndrome’ issue. I knew I had to work hard to catch up but did not appreciate that I did catch up in many ways, and it is ok to celebrate my success.
- Five and half years after starting as an associate, DBA started leading a very talented team of DBAs.
- When I decided to switch the job, I had 3 written offers within days.
- I joined the board of a local SQL Server User Group.
- Speaking in User Groups and SQL Saturday’s around the country.
- I started my blog.
- I have organized two SQL Saturdays in Boston.
- Microsoft Data Platform MVP award.
Because of my Imposter Syndrome also:
- I did not ask to lead the team when I knew they needed someone.
- I was promoted to Principal DBA in two workplaces ( My current one is my third place working as a data professional) without myself asking.
- Was given a raise more than I expected.
- Did not ask to organize events till someone told me, “You could do it, and we are here to help you”.
- I did not believe that I can be an MVP. But others believed in me nominated more than one time.
I am also reading a lot about what you can do about Imposter Syndrome? I do not think I am in a position to advise about the topic (Not Imposter Syndrome; this is true ). Knowing about it and being aware every time your brain gives a negative signal is winning half of the battle. This article ‘Overcoming Imposter Syndrome‘ by Gill Corkindale in Harvard business review has some easy to follow practical steps.