When you attend a very large event such as EMF Camp, there is so much going on that it is impossible to catch everything. It’s easy to come away feeling that you’ve missed all the good stuff, somehow you wasted your time, everyone else had complete focus and got so much more out of the event.
In an odd twist, one of the EMF 2016 talks people have been raving about is very relevant to that fear of inability to take in a festival programme. [Jessica Rose] gave a talk about imposter syndrome. A feeling of inadequacy compared to your peers and a constant anxiety at being exposed as a fraud that will probably be very familiar to many readers. As she points out, it’s a particularly cruel affliction in that it affects those people who do have all the skills while the real impostors share an inflated competence in their abilities.
This has significant relevance to many in our community and for a single presentation to get so many people talking about it at an event like EMF Camp means it definitely hit the mark. The full video is embedded below the break. At about half an hour long it’s well worth a look.
We haven’t specifically discussed Imposter Syndrome here on Hackaday before. But a closely related topic is social anxiety which sometimes prevents us from getting out of the basement of solitude to meet other excellent hackers. It’s good to remember that nobody bursts onto the scene as an elite guru and catching up with other people is a great way to pollinate ideas and learn new things.
If you would like to see more of this speaker, there is another YouTube video of a talk she gave at DevTalks Bucharest 2016, Automating Access to Development.