If You’re Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, This Is for You

It’s back. That creeping, insidious feeling that you’re out of your league. That nasty, destructive voice telling you you’re not good enough. That you’re only here because you got lucky. That you’re an idiot and sooner or later, everyone will find out you’re an idiot....

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How to Automatically Save Money With Qapital

If you want to build better money habits, automation can be a powerful ally. You’ve heard the old adage “pay yourself first,” right? It’s a classic example of automation. You save your money before you have a chance to blow it on shoes and gummy bears (my splurges of...

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5 Methods I Used to Keep My New Year’s Resolution

You don’t need a special day to change your habits and come up with goals. But January 1st is as good a day as any. For a long time, I was terrible at setting New Year’s resolutions, though. They consistently failed because I either got bored with them or I was...

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Buying a House Is Overrated. Here’s Why I Did It Anyway.

When my husband and I bought our first home last year, we were really excited. We found ourselves saying things like, “It’s just such a good feeling to know we own this. It’s ours.” Except that, it’s not. Not really, at least. For most of us, "buying a house" just...

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How Cognitive Closure Affects Your Decision Making

Cognitive closure is our “aversion toward ambiguity” and our desire to arrive at definite conclusions (sometimes irrationally).” It’s a desire for answers, sometimes even if they're wrong. There are advantages to a strong need for cognitive closure, but it can mess with your mind, too. Here's how it affects decision making, for example. read more

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Gratitude

The election is over and a lot of people are angry. If you’re paying attention, it’s not hard to see why. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve witnessed more blatant racial slurs, hate speech, and insensitivity than I have in years, and it probably shouldn’t be...

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kristinwong

I'm Kristin Wong, a freelance writer who’s written for blogs, magazines, and television. I write about money, too, because I love the idea of helping people live the life they want, not just the life they can afford. Want to know more? Start here.

What You're Saying

  • Vivian Tejeda: I love the framing of taking the feeling and taking it a sign of progress and pushing yourself out of...
  • Steve: I do indeed feel like an imposter and am constantly surprised at my decades-long successful professional...
  • Jim: Oh how I wish I would have snapped to this 30+ years ago! Love it!
  • Anna Weisend: Oh my goodness…I so needed this pep talk. Thank you! I am still in the beginning of some...
  • Nikki: That’s correct! It would apply to customers who started saving with us before March of 2016. So glad...

If You’re Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, This Is for You

It’s back. That creeping, insidious feeling that you’re out of your league. That nasty, destructive voice telling you you’re not good enough. That you’re only here because you got lucky. That you’re an idiot and sooner or later, everyone will find out you’re an idiot.

You know this is a thing. You know about the studies. You know about all those other workers who feel the exact same way you do right now. You get it! Imposter Syndrome is real, and it’s ruthless. But you’re thinking:

“Well, maybe this isn’t Imposter Syndrome. Maybe I just actually suck.”

Here’s the thing, though. For the sake of doing your job and exuding confidence, it doesn’t matter that you think you suck. You might not think you’re good enough, but someone else obviously does. Your employer or client or whoever has put you in this place in which you feel you don’t belong believes that you’re not just good enough, you’re perfect for the job. You don’t have to agree. You don’t have to believe that right now. For work’s sake, all that matters is someone else does. But also? You should know that yes, you ARE good enough. Confidence is important, but for self-esteem’s sake, you deserve to feel worthy.   read more…

If You’re Experiencing Imposter Syndrome, This Is for You

It’s back. That creeping, insidious feeling that you’re out of your league. That nasty, destructive voice telling you you’re not good enough. That you’re only here because you got lucky. That you’re an idiot and sooner or later, everyone will find out you’re an idiot....

read more

How to Automatically Save Money With Qapital

If you want to build better money habits, automation can be a powerful ally. You’ve heard the old adage “pay yourself first,” right? It’s a classic example of automation. You save your money before you have a chance to blow it on shoes and gummy bears (my splurges of...

read more

5 Methods I Used to Keep My New Year’s Resolution

You don’t need a special day to change your habits and come up with goals. But January 1st is as good a day as any. For a long time, I was terrible at setting New Year’s resolutions, though. They consistently failed because I either got bored with them or I was...

read more

Buying a House Is Overrated. Here’s Why I Did It Anyway.

When my husband and I bought our first home last year, we were really excited. We found ourselves saying things like, “It’s just such a good feeling to know we own this. It’s ours.” Except that, it’s not. Not really, at least. For most of us, "buying a house" just...

read more

How Cognitive Closure Affects Your Decision Making

Cognitive closure is our “aversion toward ambiguity” and our desire to arrive at definite conclusions (sometimes irrationally).” It’s a desire for answers, sometimes even if they're wrong. There are advantages to a strong need for cognitive closure, but it can mess with your mind, too. Here's how it affects decision making, for example. read more

Here’s What People Get Wrong About Gratitude

The election is over and a lot of people are angry. If you’re paying attention, it’s not hard to see why. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve witnessed more blatant racial slurs, hate speech, and insensitivity than I have in years, and it probably shouldn’t be...

read more
kristinwong

I'm Kristin Wong, a freelance writer who’s written for blogs, magazines, and television. I write about money, too, because I love the idea of helping people live the life they want, not just the life they can afford. Want to know more? Start here.

What You're Saying

  • Vivian Tejeda: I love the framing of taking the feeling and taking it a sign of progress and pushing yourself out of...
  • Steve: I do indeed feel like an imposter and am constantly surprised at my decades-long successful professional...
  • Jim: Oh how I wish I would have snapped to this 30+ years ago! Love it!
  • Anna Weisend: Oh my goodness…I so needed this pep talk. Thank you! I am still in the beginning of some...
  • Nikki: That’s correct! It would apply to customers who started saving with us before March of 2016. So glad...