The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

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Ita€™s only because they like me. I was in the right place at the right time. I just work harder than the others. I dona€™t deserve this. Ita€™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 interAsnal monologue sounds all too familiar. And youa€™re not alone. From the high-achieving Ph.D. candidate convinced shea€™s only been admitted to the program because of a clerical error to the senior executive who worries others will find out shea€™s in way over her head, a shocking number of accomplished women in all caAsreer paths and at every level feel as though they are faking ita€”impostors in their own lives and careers. While the impostor syndrome is not unique to women, women are more apt to agonize over tiny mistakes, see even constructive criticism as eviAsdence of their shortcomings, and chalk up their accomplishments to luck rather than skill. They often unconsciously overcompensate with crippling perfecAstionism, overpreparation, maintaining a lower proAsfile, withholding their talents and opinions, or never finishing important projects. When they do succeed, they think, Phew, I fooled a€™em again. An internationally known speaker, Valerie Young has devoted her career to understanding womena€™s most deeply held beliefs about themselves and their success. In her decades of in-the-trenches research, she has uncovered the often surprising reasons why so many accomplished women experience this crushing self-doubt. In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seekAsing. Combining insightful analysis with effective adAsvice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it maniAsfests 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 feela€”and acta€”as bright and capable as others already know you are.In The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, Young gives these women the solution they have been seekAsing.

Title:The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women
Author:Valerie Young
Publisher:Crown Business - 2011-10-25


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