Editor’s Perspective: 14th Feb 2019 Issue


“Fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind” Dale Carnegie

 

Melinda Collins
Melinda Collins

The extraordinarily talented Yale-educated actor Jodie Foster once admitted in an interview with 60 Minutes that she suffers ‘Imposter Syndrome’; that regardless of whether she was walking onto the college campus for the first time or accepting her Oscar, she felt everything she had achieved was a ‘fluke’ and she would eventually be ‘caught’.

“I thought everybody would find out and they’d take the Oscar back. They’d come to my house, knocking on the door, ‘Excuse me, we meant to give that to someone else.

That was going to Meryl Streep’.”  Even Meryl Streep herself hasn’t been immune to the phenomenon. “You think, ‘Why would anyone want to see me again in a movie?

And I don’t know how to act anyway, so why am I doing this?’” she said in a 2002 interview for USA Weekend.

While ‘fake it until you make it’ is great in theory, the problem arises when you continue to feel like a fraudster.

According to Social Psychologist Harvard Business School Amy Cuddy – “Don’t fake it until you make it. Fake it until you become it.”

Always remember, you are enough, right where you are, just who you are, just the way you look, just the way you feel. And if anybody ever questions that, tell them Metropol told you! We’re willing to stake our reputation on it.