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Surviving a Crisis of Confidence

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At some point, every freelancer has struggled with a crisis of confidence. For some, this ongoing battle has crippled their businesses.

The symptoms of a crisis of confidence are not charging what you’re worth, having constant conflicts with worry and doubt, and a lack of satisfaction from your work.

Takeaways:
- Learn whether you are experiencing “Imposter Syndrome”
- Understand the root of the crisis of confidence
- Find some helpful tools to escape it

Presented at WordCamp Birmingham, October 2016.

Published in: Business
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Surviving a Crisis of Confidence

  1. 1. crisissurviving a of confidence
  2. 2. Hi, I’m Nathan From Birmingham, Alabama Freelance Web Developer since 1995 iThemes Training Instructor since 2012 Business Coach for Freelance Web Developers since 2013
  3. 3. Hi, I’m Nathan I’m not an expert. I’m a learner. My Qualification: I’ve been doing this long enough to have made all the common mistakes already.
  4. 4. Most freelancers have struggled with a crisis of confidence. For many, it’s an ongoing battle.
  5. 5. constant conflict with worry and doubt A Crisis of Confidence Can Cripple Your Business
  6. 6. not charging what you’re worth A Crisis of Confidence Can Cripple Your Business
  7. 7. allowing yourself to be mistreated by clients A Crisis of Confidence Can Cripple Your Business
  8. 8. steals the joy and satisfaction from your work A Crisis of Confidence Can Cripple Your Business
  9. 9. A documented psychological phenomenon that affects high achievers Impostor Syndrome
  10. 10. Impostor Syndrome An inability to internalize your accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud. — Wikipedia
  11. 11. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? A 10-question quiz…
  12. 12. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 1. Are you ever worried people may find out you’re not really as capable as they think you are?
  13. 13. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 2. Do you sometimes feel pressure to know the answer to any professional question someone might ask you?
  14. 14. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 3. Is it hard for you to accept compliments about your work or accomplishments?
  15. 15. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 4. Do you secretly compare your abilities to those around you and feel like they’re better than you?
  16. 16. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 5. Do you ever feel like the reason things went well is because you were just in the right place at the right time or knew the right people?
  17. 17. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 6. Do you ever think that if you can do it, anybody can?
  18. 18. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 7. Do you agonize over even the smallest flaws in your work?
  19. 19. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 8. Do you become defensive when you are given constructive criticism because it makes you feel inept?
  20. 20. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 9. When you have success, do you privately feel like you’ve fooled them again?
  21. 21. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? 10. Do you ever feel like you really have no clue what you’re doing and you’re afraid people will find out?
  22. 22. Do You Have Impostor Syndrome? How many did you mark?
  23. 23. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome
  24. 24. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome “I just chose the right theme. Everything else was easy.”
  25. 25. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome “I just added a few plugins and made them work… I didn’t really do anything.”
  26. 26. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome “I just did a Google search and the answer was right there.”
  27. 27. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome “I just ______________ … Anyone could have done it.”
  28. 28. Web Developer’s Impostor Syndrome The iJust Problem WHAT YOU KNOWWHAT YOUR CLIENT KNOWS $ $ VALUE $ $
  29. 29. Where does it come from?
  30. 30. Where does it come from? We tend to focus on the people ahead of us. We forget there are people behind us.
  31. 31. Where does it come from? The people ahead of you have the same crisis of confidence that you have.
  32. 32. Where does it come from? We have a crisis of confidence when we compare our reality with a persona.
  33. 33. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember…
  34. 34. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… No one is an expert at everything. 1. Be Realistic • Most professions have specializations • Web Development is no different
  35. 35. What I Know What I Think Other People Know
  36. 36. What I Know What Other People Know
  37. 37. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… No one is an expert at everything. 1. Be Realistic • 3 types of freelance web developers • Designers > Assemblers > Programmers • Pick one and be great at it!
  38. 38. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… Everyone is good at something. 2. Be Perceptive • It’s easy to miss your area of greatest proficiency because you do it naturally.
  39. 39. Unconscious Incompetence Conscious Incompetence Conscious Competence Unconscious Competence Four Stages of Competence Blindspots Crisis Intuition*Proficiency SOURCE: GORDON TRAINING INTERNATIONAL
  40. 40. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… Everyone is good at something. 2. Be Perceptive • Where will you focus? • Do what you do best and then find trustworthy partners for the rest.
  41. 41. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… Pretending gets you nowhere. 3. Be Authentic • Be honest about your deficits • There is freedom in the phrase “I don’t know (but I’ll find out)”
  42. 42. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… Pretending gets you nowhere. 3. Be Authentic • Surround yourself with friends that will openly discuss their challenges. • Authenticity breeds authenticity.
  43. 43. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… We’re all in this together. 4. Be Helpful • Reach out to people around you on the escalator. • Become a person it’s good to know.
  44. 44. How to Escape the Crisis Four things to remember… • Helping others will build your confidence. • Be humble as you help. We’re all in this together. 4. Be Helpful
  45. 45. Be Realistic – No one is an expert at everything Be Perceptive – Everyone is good at something Be Authentic – Pretending gets you nowhere Be Helpful – We’re all in this together A Crisis of Confidence
  46. 46. Thanks! Presentation Slides: nathaningram.com/wcbham iThemes Coupon Code WCBHAM35 35% off (expires tomorrow!)

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