Where you start, doesn't determine where you'll end up. I'm not 100% on the validity of this photo, but the message is clear; great things can start small! We often place arbitrary limitations on our abilities and dreams because we create a false narrative that, where we come from impacts where we go. We adapt a negative understanding of that phrase. Sometimes our childhood experiences and our past can propel us in a direction, or put us on a trajectory, that far exceeds anyone else in our families. For example, it can be difficult to imagine being a college graduate if no one in your family has ever graduated college.
In some instances, as adults, we can have a similar experience of creating artificial limitations for ourselves. As an example, people of color can often be the only person, or first person, in their family to achieve the success they have attained, or other times they are the only person that looks like them in the room; the same can be said for women in some spaces. This can create a sense of self-doubt or not belonging, and allow for thoughts that suggest an person of color cannot accomplish great things or ascend to a higher level in their careers. This is not to dismiss real instances of discrimination or glass ceilings, I am focusing on internal limitations one places on themselves.
Impostor Syndrome feeds off of these experiences to convince us to not believe in our abilities, be fearful of future success and our ability to maintain said success, and to question our places of being in those spaces. The goal is to improve our sense of self-worth and value our contribution to our careers, our art, our relationships, and our organizations.
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