There are days my imposter syndrome really kicks in badly. Other days, not so much.

There’s an irony of being here to socially network when most of what I’d see is what feeds my black dog.

Is there an answer? Of course there is, just uninstall the app, delete my account and live my life without any coloured dog trying to make me feel like a failure.

But does that work? It’s like the adage of a tree falling in a forest, no one around – does it make a noise? Or have I made the worst comparison anyone ever has online?

My point is this. LinkedIn is about celebrating success. It’s not just about creating job opportunities (well it’s that too). What is your yardstick for success?

Mine would be different to yours – granted my qualifications aren’t of a recognisable level – professional or educational. But I have something no one else has – I’m me.

Unashamedly me. I’ve said it before that in a world of Ken’s – I’m Alan.

When people talk about “Be Kind”. They use it as simple phrase – ironically the ones who use it most, practise it the least 😃

And this is where my #impostersyndrome does most of the kicking. I need to be kinder to myself.

They say, would you say the things to yourself if you were saying them to your 10 year old self?

I’d guess not. And that’s what I need to remember.

The past 3 years have been hell – professionally and personally. And my 10 year old self would be amazed at what he’d be doing now. The places he would visit, people he’d meet, family he’d gain (and lose).

Who’d have thought this post would be a little piece of therapy (costing a lot less too).

You’re not better than me – I’m not better than you.

I’m Alan.


Creator & Editor of SooF / Bring The Noise / Bring The Film / Torfaen Talks CIC