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It's only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I don't deserve this. It's just a matter of time before I am found out. Someone must have made a terrible mistake.

If you are a working woman, chances are this internal monologue sounds all too familiar. And you're not alone. From the high-achieving PhD candidate convinced she's been admitted to the program only because of a clerical error to the senior executive who worries others will find out she's in way over her head, a shocking number of accomplished women in all career paths and at every level feel as though they are faking it - impostors in their own lives and careers.

In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Valerie Young explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it manifests in your life. With her empowering step-by-step plan, you will learn to take ownership of your success, overcome self-doubt, and banish the thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel - and act - as bright and capable as others already know you are.

©2011 Valerie Young (P)2017 Tantor

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"Young's extremely perceptive and action-oriented solutions shine.... A can't-miss primer for businesswomen everywhere." ( Publishers Weekly)

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Don’t read between the title lines

I was excited to see that audible had a book about imposter syndrome, even if it the title hinted at a specific target audience. Young knows the book is meant for women, but hints toward it being helpful for men as well. There are some helpful tips and stories that help. But young has a very strong pro women agenda. Much of the book is about men versus women, not people with imposter syndrome versus people without. Phrases like “the out and out confidence of the ignorant is gendered.” “Men’s unsupported confidence.” “Don’t let male hyperconfidence let you miss out on imposter busting.”
I couldn’t help but feel uncomfortable at times, like this is not meant for me. Much of what is said is true, but is generalized off of majority statistics. Women do this and men do this. So I really like parts of the book, but the degree of feminism is prevalent in this book. Not a bad book. But the bias is strong

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Wonderfully insightful for both men and women!

Insightful in explaining both my own and other's behavior. Backed with lots of empirical research and practical concrete steps you can take to improve your own unhelpful habits.

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Useful and Enlightening

One of the few books I managed to finish. Well-read and written. Likely more useful for women overall, but as a man I found much of it quite applicable. I suspect the younger generation of men might find this book relates to them more than the older generations. If the men can push through the chapters that focus heavily on women-specific issues (or happen to relate as a minority) then they'll get much out of it if suffering from the imposter syndrome.

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Worth the read!

Loved it! I laughed a lot and it was all things I needed to hear!

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If you ever think...

If you ever think you don’t fit in or you can’t do something because you feel like am imposter, this book is for you.

Women, we need to help each other feel like we belong. We got this!

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Great for both genders.

As a male, I felt this was an amazing book. I was concerned about how helpful it would be for men based on the title, but it was great. There were points where she focuses on women specifically, but even then you could apply the lessons to men.

I will definitely reread this book as needed, probably at least once a year for the foreseeable future.