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The Cure for Imposter Syndrome


It’s easy to look up at the main stage at HOW Design Live and see the speakers as design superheroes—but most of them have suffered from imposter syndrome at one point or another, just like the rest of us. (And most would even tell you that.) 

Imposter syndrome is built into the fabric of being a creative in a field of creative professionals.

We judge ourselves in too many ways—we’re not ready for that job or that responsibility, we’re not ready to take a stab at working at that major firm yet, we don’t belong in this office or that boardroom … or even that design conference.

We’re here to tell you: You do.

It’s time to champion our careers. It’s time to look past whatever we see as our faults and instead hone in on our talents. It’s time to stop measuring our achievements against those of others. It’s time to realize that the only imposter in your life is that feeling that you’re not ready for the next step in your craft and your career.

The tricky part is … how. How do you do it? Well, since this is HOW Design Live, we’ve got you.

From directly addressing imposter syndrome to breaking creative block and finding your flow, HOW Design Live 2020 is all about showing you what you’re really made of. Here are four sessions that do just that: 

  1. The High Cost of Perfectionism: Impostor Syndrome in the Workplace: Lauren C. Miller, leadership coach, lecturer, workplace consultant, Carnegie Mellon University
  2. Imposter Syndrome, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Ignorance: Tony Daussat, experience design strategist, Bottle Rocket Studios
  3. Free Your Wings: Adriana Caliri, international certified executive coach and founder, Renaissance-CEC
  4. Fire It Back Up: Breaking Out of the Creative Rut: Stefan Mumaw, director of narrative strategy, First Person

Don’t miss out on HOW Design Live 2020 in Atlanta – register today!