Based in Washington, Ross is a general manager of a food safety company. His musings explore life, work and every moment in between.

Imposter Phenomenon.

“Bringing our true selves to work is a great way to learn better, but it’s not always easy. Many of us struggle with the “impostor phenomenon,” the belief that we’re not smart or talented enough to occupy our role. We then feel pressured to speak and act like someone else just to get by.

That’s a problem, because acting authentically gives rise to positive emotions that reshape all kinds of learning experiences. Studies show that when we feel good, we have improved reaction time, draw on different cognitive resources, and have better overall learning and understanding—not to mention better relationships with others.

So wherever you work, bring your authentic self into the space by decorating your office with pictures of friends and family, or other visuals that feel true to you. And look for opportunities to add some positivity to your day, like writing a letter of gratitude to someone who has helped you in the past. This authenticity paired with positivity will likely help you learn better.” -Bradley Staats

The author explains that even some of the most successful people, despite evidence to the contrary, felt like imposters or frauds. It’s a natural feeling to doubt and we all do it. So relax and be yourself. I feel the most authentic when I do.

Thanksgiving Week Goals

You're making a decision, not a suicide pact.