Day 5 of the ’30 Ways To Play With Your Imposter Syndrome’ Challenge.
“WESTPAC has reported a flat full-year profit of $8.07 billion as customer compensation and legal costs reined in performance.
Cash earnings — Westpac’s preferred measure of profitability — for the 12 months to September 30 barely moved from the $8.06 billion reported a year ago.”
I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind if my profit flatlined at $8 billion.
Now, I don’t fully understand the context of Westpac’s profits.
Perhaps a mere $8 billion in profit is a bad sign of things to come.
But in some ways… it strikes me as a nice problem to have.
Sometimes people’s failures are other people’s successes.
There’s a story about legendary pianist Arthur Rubenstein.
His skill was phenomenal. And he still hit a lot of wrong notes on the piano during performances.
On one occasion someone pointed this out. Another top rate pianist replied:
“Ah, but what wrong notes they were!”
One of my piano teachers once told me in jest…
… he would happily take the wrong notes of Rubenstein, and other discarded scraps…
… in comparison to my teacher’s right notes.
That’s something I want to keep in mind if I feel a case of imposter syndrome coming on.
Even if I turn out to be NOT as good as other people think I am…
… would there still be people wishing they could make my mistakes?
If imposter syndrome strikes…
… and you don’t feel like your ability or work…
… is as good as what other people think…
… ask yourself:
Would your ‘failure’ still satisfy these people?
Is your ‘failure’ still good enough for them?
Do they wish they could ‘fail’ to the same level of competence as you?
Search online for a list of people with imposter syndrome. You’ll find plenty of successful people who’s second-rate or third-rate work you’d gladly accept as your first rate.
I know I have.
Don’t discount those people who would feel the same about you.
In summary: Perhaps your ‘fraud’ self is still a fantastic version of you!
That’s all from me today.
Lucus “fail highly” Allerton
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