It's easy to feel like an impostor when there's something at work that you can't answer. From an impossible deadline, to a decision you don't know how to make, to a project that seems way beyond your comfort zone, it's not surprising that the doubts start to creep in. And when they do, you begin to feel like a fraud.
But you're not perfect. Who is?
You haven't worked in every industry, been involved in every kind of project, or mastered every existing skill set. So freaking out when you don't have all the answers is just plain ridiculous. Improvisation is part and parcel of working, and the ability to bring your best to a challenge and make it up as you go along is often when the best work gets done.
While applying your experience is a good and appropriate thing to do, trust me when I say that everyone makes it up as they go at some point in their career.
In today's workplaces, where all kinds of different people with distinct experiences, perspectives,and expectations are asked to collaborate, the bottom line with impostor syndrome is this: Everyone's in the same boat. Nobody's an impostor.
Confronted with that simple fact, all that's left is to engage with your work and apply who you already are.
That's always enough.
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This article originally appeared on The Muse.