Articles by Mekka Okereke
- Mekka Okereke's Twitter Thread on Imposter Syndrome
Mekka challenges the concept of "imposter syndrome," suggesting that it's not the individual's problem, but rather a reflection of the environment's lack of safety and support. Imposter syndrome occurs when one feels others know more and fears harm if their inadequacies are exposed. Mekka proposes that tackling this begins by creating a safe environment where people won't be ridiculed for not knowing things. He rejects the idea that women experience imposter syndrome more than men, highlighting that women often face more backlash for asking basic questions. He recommends improving onboarding processes and fostering a supportive culture to reduce imposter syndrome. He also suggests a mental hack of becoming a subject matter expert on something small, demonstrating that everyone has unique knowledge. Lastly, he encourages experts to openly admit their knowledge gaps without dismissing others, as honesty and openness can help alleviate feelings of inadequacy.