How Social Media Impacts Imposter Syndrome

Don't measure your progress using someone else's ruler.

Imposter Syndrome Social Media


Ketan Anjaria

It’s so easy to look at others and think they have it all figured out.

Oh this person has got a perfect job and career. Oh this person is always traveling, life looks amazing.

People even say to me, hey you have it all figured out, HireClub is doing great!

And while yes we’ve had some great growth, we still have so far to go. I still have anxiety on whether we are going to be viable.

Comparison is deadly for impostor syndrome

I think one of the biggest parts of impostor syndrome is you feel less when you compare yourself to others. And social media makes this so easy.

Every fundraising announcement or picture perfect Instagram photo can trigger a wave of mixed emotions.

We’ve posted some people finding better salaries and gotten feedback it was hard to hear that for others.

This work is just hard

Almost everything anyone achieves took labor. And I think our mind plays tricks, thinking that others achieve the same things we have far easier.

I think it’s really easy to make yourself feel less by looking at others. And we do it to ourselves so often. No one forces us to go browse the streams.

I wish had I answers.

Turn off the streams

One thing I do now, is turn off the streams.

I don’t browse Instagram anymore.

I don’t browse Techcrunch anymore.

I unfollowed a bunch of folks on Twitter who were just value signaling. (ahem VCs).

I don’t want to compare my “now" with someone else’s journey.

Speaking of impostor syndrome, our panel of Coaches and I will discuss this topic at our event "Overcoming Impostor Syndrome" next week on July 18, co-hosted with Betabrand.


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