Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those with the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Notably, impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women.
Recently, working from home had become exceedingly more distracting. A friend of mine recommended I check out Sudo Room in Oakland in order to change it up and get some support from the community. Having previously tried and failed to work out of the library I set out to Oakland.
When I arrived; I was greeted by an HUGE workspace that could be described as part church, part disco, part airplane hanger, and part library. A friendly collective member greeted me after I had settled in to work, with offers of food, and yerbe mate. Moreover, when I had a very basic question not only could I find an answer but I discovered a new way to go about finding the answer. Their community collective spirit was so strong and generous that I stayed until 11pm that night.