Today’s daily prompt is called The Great Pretender and it asks;
Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it.
Well having looked up what imposter syndrome is in the link provided I have no idea. The line that really caught my eye was “proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.”
Things like luck and timing are important but they also say you make your own luck so I don’t know. The more confident you are the more luck you seem to get which suggests that it is not in fact luck but your own skill and ability, skill and ability you may not be aware you have but that somehow kicks in and gets the job done.
Oh and timing can be both luck and skill/ability. You could get lucky and do something at the right time or you could have the ability, skill, knowledge, or experience to know when the time is right or how to time something. In the latter case the timing is not luck and is in fact something you can take credit for.
Isn’t this basically an extreme version of being modest and down playing our achievements?
The far more interesting question is who is the reverse? Who takes credit when it all goes right but blames bad luck when it doesn’t?