How To Conquer Imposter Syndrome And Move Forward With Confidence

How To Conquer Imposter Syndrome And Move Forward With Confidence

Is self-doubt preventing you from following your dreams? Are you a high-achiever who struggles with feelings of inadequacy?

In the 1970s, two researchers, Dr. Suzanne Imes and Dr. Pauline Rose Clance, embarked on researching the characteristics of high-achieving women. What they found was that despite all of these women’s accomplishments, all of their achievements, there was this level of self-doubt. This became known as Imposter Syndrome, which affects 70% of all people. Following in their footsteps, Dr. Valerie Young, expanded on their research and introduced 5 Archetypes of Imposter Syndrome and how they present.

In this episode, we'll share how you can discover your imposter syndrome archetype, what you must do to boost your confidence, and why imposter syndrome can be a career killer.

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[00:41] Beyond Barriers Mission
[01:17] About Monica Marquez
[03:28] About Nikki Barua
[06:21] What is imposter syndrome
[09:42] What the research has taught us
[12:22] 5 archetypes of imposter syndrome
[24:18] Mindset affects propensity to experience imposter syndrome
[25:33] Strategies for each archetype
[27:27] Tools for overcoming imposter syndrome


“Be aware that by simply change your physical stance and changing your state, you actually show up more confident even if you're not feeling it in that moment.” – Nikki Barua

“If someone pays you a compliment, write it down and add it to an ongoing list over time.” – Nikki Barua

“In this digital age of technology, realize that you're not going to know everything and be committed to constantly evolving and always learning.” – Monica Marquez

“When you find yourself procrastinating, pause, and take a moment to ask yourself, are you pushing something out that you don’t want to deal with?” – Nikki Barua

About Nikki Barua:

Nikki Barua is a digital innovator, serial entrepreneur, author & speaker. Learn more at

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About Monica Marquez:

Monica Marquez is a senior corporate leader, ex-Googler, and diversity expert. Learn more at

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