Are you ready for a fun and very heartfelt post that will help you overcome the impostor syndrome and push past your limiting beliefs? Let’s overcome the feeling, that you don’t know enough to be a leader and help others in your network marketing internet business!
I’m going to have to pull in a little help from our friends on this one, but first I want to take a minute and clue you into the concept of the impostor syndrome.
If I had to put it in a phrase, the impostor syndrome is a limiting belief or insecurity that keeps you from sharing what you know because you feel like you might be “found out,” or feel like you’re a fraud, impostor, or you are not as good as you say you are. It’s very common in women and I’m finding it to be very common in marketers who are not playing a big enough game online because they don’t feel like they know enough.
So, I want to break this down and show you that you absolutely must share what you know and get your brilliance out into the world where it can help others.
My Favorite Impostor Syndrome Busting History Lesson
Let’s travel back in time to another place…a, long, long, time ago for some of us, 10 minutes ago for others. 🙂
Think back to elementary school and remember your favorite teacher. What made him or her your favorite?
Was it the information they were teaching you? No, that can’t be true because I’m sure that all the teachers in that grade were teaching similar subjects. I bet it was because they had a teaching style that resonated with you. A teaching style that matched the way you liked to learn.
Now think about your favorite teacher again. Did he or she create the information they taught you? Did they invent math, reading, or science? No! They certainly didn’t invent the subjects they taught you. They took information that they were taught, spiced it up, added their style to it and then taught it to you.
Now, Let’s Relate the Impostor Syndrome to Your Network Marketing Internet Business
Do you think that there is only one person who can teach internet network marketing effectively online?
Do you think that all the internet network marketing strategies or social media strategies being taught online are original?
Of course not, which is one of the reasons that personal branding for network marketers is such an important factor to success online. The key to being a leader in your niche is to take the information you’ve been taught, spice it up and add your style to it, and then go teach others!
We don’t think “impostor syndrome” when we’re teaching our teammates how to lead and duplicate in their business. It’s just how network marketing is done…teach someone what you know, and help them go teach someone else.
- I present
- I present and you’re with me
- You present and I’m with you
- You present
- You present and someone else is with you
You can’t be an impostor even if you tried to. If you were to share the same business opportunity message verbatim your presentation would still sound completely different from your upline’s because it’s coming from you. It’s your teaching style, it’s your voice.
And the great thing about this is that your teaching style is going to appeal to people differently than your upline’s style does. Your online marketing lesson is going to attract different people than mine will. It doesn’t matter if we both teach on the exact same list building strategy, our style will be completely different and will appeal to different types of people.
Why the impostor syndrome breaks my heart?
Because it’s breaking your bank! It makes me feel so sad when I see people who are doubting themselves, doubting their blog design, wondering what to write about, how to stand out and brand themselves online. And I just want to shake the world and let everyone know that we don’t want duplication in the sense of cloning someone else, we want you and your style.
I hate it when I see someone who has so much potential, so many gifts to share, keeping their knowledge to themselves instead of sharing it with the people who they might be able to help with it.
I had two online friends the other day teach on blog commenting, Ana Hoffman, and Susanna Hess. They were both completely different posts and I gained value and learned something new from both of them…even though the subject was the same!
You Can Overcome the Impostor Syndrome!
“With a Little Help from My Friends!”
To prove my point, I have gathered a song, originally created by The Beatles, and recreated by countless musicians. I bet that everyone who reads this post is going to like one version the best, and possibly not like another version.
The lyrics are the same. The style is not.
The Beatles: With a Little Help from My Friends
Joe Cocker: With a Little Help from My Friends
Bon Jovi: With a Little Help from My Friends
Wet Wet Wet: With a Little Help from My Friends
Sam & Mark: With a Little Help from My Friends
Joe Anderson: With a Little Help from My Friends
So, my friends, will you give me a little help and share this post with others on twitter and facebook? Will you also please share your thoughts on the post, your feelings on the impostor syndrome, and also include your favorite version of the song “with a little help from my friends?” You’ll get a little link love as a thank you from me because you’re on a dofollow blog and it will be fun to see which version is the favorite among the group.
My fav is Joe Cocker’s version. It brings back warm and fuzzy feelings of a tv show I loved called The Wonder Years, and it also brings back the fun I had in high-school doing a long report and speech on Woodstock with a couple of my best friends.
My 12 year old daughter loves the version by Sam and Mark and I’ve had the joy of seeing her dancing around the house while it played in the background! LOL
p.s. Please, let’s all banish the impostor syndrome from our minds and share what we know with the world!