You’re an impostor.
You had a good idea one day. Your good idea turned into a great product. Slowly but surely, you gained customers who paid for your product. Then you started employing people. People who looked up to you, trusted you, followed you. You’re successful - both the business and you personally.
And yet, there’s still that little voice in your head…
You’re an impostor. You don’t know what you’re doing. Everyone’s going to realise you have no idea what you’re doing and it’s all going to fall apart.
Someone I admire a lot recently said to me, “I have great respect for what you have done as an entrepreneur”. I winced. And felt slightly less of him. How could someone that smart not see through me?
Jason Cohen (Founder, WPEngine & Smart Bear) is familiar with these thoughts. Hell, everyone is familiar with these thoughts. If Mike Myers thinks he’s not funny enough for SNL, then Lord help the rest of us. It’s not an unusual feeling but when you’ve founded, built and sold four successful companies and your latest creation has reached $100 million revenue and just received a $250 million private equity investment, you might be considered a ‘success’. So why do founders like this still often feel like impostors?
We’re hosting a Q&A session with Jason at 12.00 EST on 22nd February about overcoming impostor syndrome and founder doubt. Hopefully it’ll be helpful - even if you can’t join live, sign up and we’ll send you the replay.