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The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It
Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (111 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

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

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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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Powerful.

As a colored, healthcare professional male, a lot of these imposter symptoms hit home for me. Not that race should matter, it was reassuring to learn that this is something that can be challenged, and resolved with time. It was a very well balanced book, that delivered the needed information in a relatable fashion. World peace and mutual understanding.

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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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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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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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Book is great, narration is annoying

While I enjoyed the book and thought there was valuable information, you should be aware that the narration is a bit over the top and the book can be repetitive. (Overall 3.7)

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Everyone should Read this book: Men or Women

I never write reviews because what I like is not what the next person will like. We are all individuals. I have read and listened to many self help books and you might get something out it or you might not. I started listening to this book-mainly because I enjoy Susan Ericksen. I was hooked for the first chapter and can't wait to listen to it again. In fact, I am going to buy the actual book so I can share this book with family, friends and co-workers. I am amazed at how many people have the same thoughts about being an impostor. Women and Men who I regard as experts in their field have admitted to having these same thoughts.
The writer uses great stories to illustrate her research and it is written in more of a conversational way then in a "you must do". I highly recommend this book.

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As a male

Having listened to many self help books this one provided me with insight to female focused dilemmas. However I believe some assumptions were made that categorize women as well as men.

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  • Lil B
  • Santa Monica, CA
  • 10-21-18

Great book

Narrator was awesome. I could never put into words how I felt. This book did that. Ready to put into action the author’s recommendations.