I recently watched a TEDx talk by one of Atlassian's founders, Mike Cannon-Brookes, on the "imposter syndrome". He described it as "that feeling of not knowing what you are doing, or being out of your depth".
This got me thinking about my career and a similar feeling that I had when I first started in recruitment. I was still at university at the time, and desperate for work experience. So I tried applying for graduate roles, all, of course, want a minimum of 6 months experience... and there I was with none at all! It's no wonder I never got a callback.
Instead, I took a punt and accepted a role as a recruiter, not really knowing what I was getting myself into, or truly understanding the ins and outs of what a recruiter really did!?
It was day two of my then internship and I suddenly found myself with an overwhelming sense of "not knowing what I was doing and that I was totally out of my depth". Richard Branson once said, "if someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you're not sure you can do it, say yes- then learn how to do it later". I think I inadvertently took this advice on board and threw myself into the role, absorbing as much information from those around me as I could. I remember pestering my colleagues to let me sit in on their interviews, go out on meetings with them and to listen to their phone calls. I was determined to make the best out of the opportunity I was given.
The point I want to make here is, don't be afraid to take a step into the unknown and put yourself outside your comfort zone. Challenge yourself daily, and always look to further your knowledge through learning from others. If you find yourself not learning, then how will you ever progress?
I will finish with another quote, from Albert Einstien - "A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new".