#FailureFriday

I felt like a total imposter... lucky as hell, but not smart enough (or rich enough or white enough) to really "belong there."

Happy #FailureFriday! So earlier this year I was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers and I couldn’t believe it. When I was there as a student, I felt like a total imposter… lucky as hell, but not smart enough (or rich enough or white enough) to really “belong there.” Last weekend was our first big meeting, and I felt like that girl again. The voice in my head was saying, “Why did you wear jeans when everyone is in suits?” “Did that sound stupid?” or “Now am I talking too much?” Why is it so hard to shake imposter syndrome?! No matter what we have accomplished, women have a funny way of convincing ourselves we snuck in the door, or of critiquing everything about ourselves. But guess what? Most of the time we worked twice as hard to get in the door, we have twice as much to contribute, and by the way, no one is doubting us but ourselves. So here’s to taking your seat at the table — because you earned it, it’s yours, and yes you do belong!