Great Escape Podcast episode 40 - A Little Escape linking to a much longer podcast on Imposter Syndrome

Uncategorized Oct 23, 2019

Listen to Sara's podcast here:

Clare's book is here:

- In the general population, 49% of male respondents said they were struggling with imposter syndrome daily, or regularly, and it was having a measurable effect on their performance, their mental health, and their emotional well-being. The figure for women was 52% daily or regularly. The figure for entrepreneurs, 82%.

- I've been working in the office today editing videos and listening to podcasts. And I was listening to Sara Moseley's Million Dollar Online Business podcast, which is great. Absolutely fabulous podcast, and I'll put a link to that in the show notes. She, in her most recent episode, was talking to Clare Josa. Not quite sure how they pronounce Clare's surname. And Clare has done a fantastic piece of research into imposter syndrome and released a book. And one of the just truly amazing things is that in the general population, as you heard in the quote right at the beginning, it's about half the population suffer from imposter syndrome all the time, to the extent that it has an impact on what we're doing, where we just don't believe that we're up to the job. And so in a way, our fear that we aren't up to the job prevents us from being up to the job. But for those of us who are trying to start a business it went up to, as you heard, 87%. And that's a really difficult challenge to surmount, when the fact that you're trying to set out to do something, you try to start a business, try to learn new skills, try to build something, and almost all of us end up with this thing, this syndrome that is constantly telling us in our minds that we're not good enough. That we can't do this. That we're not up to the job. And it gets in the way. I've suffered from it for years. I still fight it. But I thought it was really interesting that Clare and Sara were discussing ways of, not just fighting it head-on, because that just increases stress hormones. But ways of actually retraining our brains to stop getting into this imposter syndrome thing and actually learn to believe that all of the skills that we've developed over years and years and years are actually what we need to get us to do what we're trying to do. So on this episode of the Great Escape podcast, what I'm basically doing is telling you to go over and listen to Sara's podcast, which, yeah I know, that may seem like a bit of a cop-out. So head on over to and scroll down to Episode 18 and have a listen to Sara's excellent episode on imposter syndrome. Thank you so much for listening to this episode of the Great Escape podcast. You can find other episodes at all the usual places. On iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify, or at the website, And if you'd like to contact me to talk about any element of this episode or others we've covered, please go to and you can find all the ways of getting hold of me there. And if you're stuck in a situation and you can't find the way out, please go there, send me a message, and let's see how we can work together to get you unstuck and moving forward with your life again. Please do share this podcast with your friends and family, other people you think might appreciate it, and comment on episodes or send me a message. I'd love to keep the conversation going.

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