“Research suggests that the so-called “impostor syndrome” may get worse as people get better: the more accomplished you get, the more likely you are to rub shoulders with ever more talented people, leaving you feeling even more inadequate by comparison.
The genuinely untalented, meanwhile, probably have no idea that they’re no good—because they’re too untalented to realize it. (This is the “Dunning-Kruger effect,” inspired by the tale of an incompetent bank robber who thought rubbing lemon juice on his face would make him invisible on security cameras.)
In short: if you’re worried you don’t measure up, that could well be a sign that you do.”
Oliver Burkeman in an article entitled “Nobody knows what the hell they’re doing” on 99u.
The field of OSS is mind-bogglingly vast. There are just too many aspects in an ever-expanding puzzle to master them all. The more knowledge-rocks I overturn, the more I realise that I’m underprepared for what I discover underneath.
Another quote from Oliver in the link above provides some guidance for OSS exponents who feel out of their depth. “The real trick to producing great work isn’t to find ways to eliminate the edgy, nervous feeling that you might be swimming out of your depth. Instead, it’s to remember that everyone else is feeling it, too. We’re all in deep water. Which is fine: it’s by far the most exciting place to be.”
And if you come across anyone in this industry who tells you they know everything there is to know about OSS, you may also find that they smell a bit lemony. 🙂Read the Passionate About OSS Blog for more or Subscribe to the Passionate About OSS Blog by Email