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What is Imposter Syndrome and How to Defeat It

What’s Imposter Syndrome. Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments.

In this episode with Dr. Nwaogu (Wo-gu), we discussed:

  • The root causes of an imposter experience and indicators of it
  • The implications of a lack of an imposter experience, and 
  • Tips for overcoming the imposter experience



Ijeoma C. Nwaogu, Ph.D. (Ih-jama Wo-gu) is a well-regarded speaker and leadership coach who is deeply passionate and committed to the personal growth, well-being, and progression of people. With a vision of a world where every person embraces their limitless potential, she is on a mission to educate, motivate, inspire, and transform the lives of individuals from various walks of life so that they become better positioned for great success.

Ijeoma is the author of Capable Beyond Measure: Overcome the Imposter Experience and Unlock Your Boundless Capacity to Succeed. She is also the CEO of EVERLEAD, LLC, a leadership coaching and consulting enterprise. As the Head Coach and Founding Faculty for her Signature program, Success HER Way, a premiere Career Pivot Accelerator, Ijeoma helps women achieve their dream careers, get paid what they’re worth, and get the recognition they deserve. With over 15 years of experience working at various higher education institutions across the United States, Ijeoma also served as a Director of the Multicultural Center at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Ijeoma was born in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to the United States at the age of four. She resides in Houston, Texas with her life partner and three children. Ijeoma enjoys Thai and Nigerian cuisines, salsa dancing, and relaxing on a warm beach. She did an excellent job breaking down what’s imposter syndrome.

what's imposter syndrome

What's Imposter Syndrome

In this episode we covered…
  • What’s imposter syndrome
  • Why she refers to it as an imposter experience
  • Indicators of the imposter experience
  • Whether imposter syndrome is the same as having a lack of confidence
  • Common myths about imposter syndrome
  • How Dr. Ijeoma overcome imposter syndrome
  • Tips for others anyone experiencing imposter syndrome
  • How to maintain confidence without it turning into conceit

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If you enjoyed this episode, then you may also enjoy the episode of the show about the fear of success and how it hinders purpose or this episode detailing what to expect when operating in your purpose.

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