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Thursday, March 21 • 11:25 - 11:45
Come listen to me, I’m a fraud; a story on impostor syndrome

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A story on success, impostor syndrome and self-inflicted, perpetually non-existent comfort zone.

Do you recognize the fear of being exposed as a fraud? I do. And I’ve had success because of the syndrome. I’ve learned to harness it, figuring out how to come to terms with it and use it for good. I now live in a self-inflicted, perpetually non-existing comfort zone, and I want you to, too!

Come listen to my story and learn to harness your self-doubt. I’m here to show the little things I did differently every day:
  • How being kind to yourself is key. Forgive, don’t judge. Accept who you are.
  • Learn about your internal convictions and expose these to the world authentically and honestly.
  • How complimenting yourself and others goes a long way
  • Build a case for yourself by keep notes of people saying nice things about you
  • Self-doubt is a powerful tool as a leader, if used consciously
  • Focus on (professional) relationships, not on technical merit
  • Harness feedback, even it’s scary
With these small, incremental improvements, I now live in a self-inflicted, perpetually non-existing comfort zone. I’m constantly in the imposter zone, because I’m constantly doing new things, learning new skills, meeting new people. And I love it! It has brought me many smaller and larger victories, a career that’s led me to new and unexpected ventures and most importantly, a network of friends and relationships I otherwise would never have had.

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Joep Piscaer

Joep is a technologist with team building skills. He likes all things infrastructure (cloud, storage, virtualization), but really shines when it comes to DevOps and Infra-as-Code.Once a virtualization and storage consultant, he built IaaS-platforms, created an army of Community Managers... Read More →

Thursday March 21, 2019 11:25 - 11:45 CET
Kalvermelk 2C