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You can have too many mentors. Here’s how to make sure you’re setting yourself up for success

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31.08.2021

“Impostors don’t get impostor syndrome,” declares a headline in a recent blog post from now-unicorn startup Zapier. This is a great hook because according to a systematic review from the Journal of General Internal Medicine, up to 82% of professionals grapple with impostor syndrome on a regular basis. The term—first coined “impostor phenomenon” over 40 years ago by Pauline R. Clance and Suzanne A. Imes—has an especially powerful grip on us in times of change or crisis.

To help you navigate choppy waters, you seek out a guiding hand, someone who’s sailed these seas before. Then another mentor catches your ear, so you start following them, too. A variety of opinions are good, right? More and more mentors enter your orbit, each with their own unique approach. And before you know it, so many outside opinions have your attention that you’ve forgotten how to trust your own gut.

A mentor can help you navigate your career and even your life. But having too many cooks in the kitchen can get messy and even perpetuate your impostor self-talk. (Y’all, I even had impostor syndrome while writing this piece, because every article I found previously written on the topic gushed about how having a smorgasbord of mentors was amazeballs.) Personal growth and improving yourself are worthy virtues, but when does seeking out mentorship or expert approval........

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