How To Get Over Imposter Syndrome As A YouTuber & Business Owner
My first encounter with imposter syndrome was in my in-person guitar teaching business. I had just quit my job as a cancer researcher to do something with music full-time. I needed to make money, so I figured I would teach music, right?
Problem was, I didn't have a degree in music or teaching.
Who the hell was going to take lessons with someone who barely had any lessons?
I was actually so self-conscious about my guitar skills that I didn't even teach guitar at first. I only taught voice because at least I had had some lessons in that.
What I failed to realize was this. Even though I didn't have a degree in music or education, I had a TON of life experience to share with my clients.
When I realized that I could absolutely help people who were just getting started with guitar, my whole outlook change.
Remember, there is ALWAYS someone you can help.
If you have knowledge that can help someone save time, money, stress or all of the above, then you aren't an imposter. If you can truly help people reach their goals without lying to them about you or your credentials, then you are all set my friend.
Where people run into trouble is when they start lying about who they are and what they have accomplished.
I am always honest with my guitar students. I tell them, this is what I do well. This is what I don't do well. I'm more than happy to help you with the things I understand and teach well, but I'm also more than happy to point you in the right direction when I think I'm not the right person to ask. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses as a coach is vital. Sharing that with your clients builds trusts and a boat load of respect.
Don't pretend to know it all. Chances are you don't.
Instead, focus on the things you know well and can teach well and you won't every have to worry about imposter syndrome again.
Check out my video below on the steps you can take to get over imposter syndrome today.
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