Beating Imposter Syndrome When Working In WordPress

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Imposter Syndrome hit me hard last year. As I dived more into the wonderful world of WordPress, I realized how little I actually know; about code, about the on-goings of core, of who’s who, and of design. That’s a scary thing to realize, and it doesn’t help that I suffer from chronic self-doubt.

Starting work at Automattic both improved that feeling (because, well Automattic) and made it worse. There are so many intelligent, intensely productive, and knowledgeable people who work at this company, that standing out becomes a difficult feat to achieve.

What changed

The best thing I could have ever done was start going to Contributor Days. Not just because it gives me a sense of giving back, but also because being able to talk with other community members puts in perspective what I actually know. It’s a lot more than I thought!

Yes, the WordPress community has its issues and dramas. It’s not perfect. But you wouldn’t believe how much kindness and passion exists in these contributors; people have helped me overcome my fear of showing my code, have been willing to spend time and energy on my projects, and discuss ideas.

beating your self-doubt

If you, like me, find it difficult to see the good in yourself, going to these Contributor Days is an amazing way to quickly get rid of the doubt. You are amazing, you know much more than you think, and people do want to hear what you have to say.

The only thing you have to do is get out there, and be part of the community.