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  1. It's company's fault that people feel that way, when they are looking for junior developer with senior skills and requirements for 100 technologies to know.

  2. Same here, this video appeared when I needed it the most. I just got a job as QA and during my first task I when I wanted to report my findings but I felt like "why am I doing this? they are going to destroy me, I can't".

  3. This might seem kind of silly or obvious, but if your brain is giving you a feeling that you aren't measuring up to your peers (a.k.a. "Impostor Syndrome"), maybe the best thing for you do is knuckle down and do the work of improving yourself? The signal exists for a reason. It's probably not false. We are a part of social hierarchies, and a great deal of "fitting in" is about convincing others that you are at (or above) their competence level.

    I used to not be all that athletic, and I kind of let fear drive me. I wanted to get good at snowboarding and fit in with people who are good at it.

    Now at that time, you could have given me two kinds of advice.

    1.) Oh it's just chemicals in your brain. It's irrational fear. Don't worry about it. You're good! You're athletic.
    2.) Well duh. Those kids are doing tricks that are way better than what you can do, and they're doing them off much bigger jumps. Just look at yourself on film. You've got no style. You need to work on this, this, that, this other thing…

    Number two is obviously the better advice. Of course it hurts, but when you follow that advice and you get better, a magical thing happens. You actually feel good about yourself and the so-called impostor syndrome disappears. Poof!

    Saying it's a syndrome medicalizes it and makes it seem like it's not a normal part of being a human in pretty much every endeavor we partake in where other humans judge us. It's just like anything else. 

    Listen to the signal.

    Obviously don't memorize every library. That's dumb. But you should work on understanding programming at a fundamental level. Dig deeper and gain real knowledge of how the language or tool you're using works. Make something without using an external framework or library. Try programming in C or at the assembly level.

    These things are hard, but they improve your competence and will certainly make you feel more confident.

  4. No such thing as imposter syndrome…..It's called, "Lack of Confidence"…..Really hate these made up terms for things that have existed before time recorded….

  5. Now if only I had known all of this when I started out!! Typical, is when you arrive at a new company. You checking out all the dev's thinking they know more than you and they thinking, I wonder if this new dude knows more and is going to show me up….. and the show goes on!!

  6. You have so RIGHT!!! I do the same with myself. To be honest I though everytime that I am not a good programmer but when I look to some other programmers with more experience they are not better than me, sometimes less better…

  7. Thank you , I saw a lot of random youtubers saying to become a developer you need to learn all of the thing listed for the lanague, I was like how? how? . Agreed not realistic at all.
    Forget to type you shold learn when needed. Totally agreed too.

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