Author: Jess Shanahan

Eight ways to tackle imposter syndrome

Eight ways to tackle imposter syndrome

Career, Featured, Life, Mental Health
There seems to be a shared trait among nerds that we all tend to doubt our abilities and think we're not good enough, even when we are particularly skilled. I know how shit imposter syndrome can be and it once held me back within my career and business but I learned to push through it. The voice does occasionally creep in but I've built a toolkit for dealing with it and that's what I want to share with you today. I want to take you through cont­rolling your inner voice on those days when you feel like a fraud. For most of us, imposter syndrome probably comes from pressure placed on us during our formative years. Perhaps you grew up with perfectionist parents or an overachieving sibling, or maybe you had teachers in school who piled too much pressure on you because they saw that spa
Start supporting your friends

Start supporting your friends

Essay, Life
Why is it that so many people are keen to spend £60 on the latest game but shy away from spending any money on supporting their friends? If you care about someone, does it matter if their event / film / book / game isn't relevant to you? I understand that money is often a limiting factor here so even if you can't buy a friend's thing, don't expect it for free. Instead, offer congratulations and words of support because it often means just as much to them as you buying the thing. You might think that your friends aren't doing anything cool but if you just look a little more closely, you'll be surprised what everyone is doing. Someone might be selling their crafts at a local fair and could do with a little support on the day; someone else might be working on a book and needs a word of
What to do when life’s difficulty mode is stuck on hard

What to do when life’s difficulty mode is stuck on hard

Career, Featured, Life
We all have those times when everything feels difficult. It might feel like you've ramped the life's difficulty up to Hard but the thing to understand is that it won't always feel like that. In most games, once you set the difficulty, you can change it again if things are too challenging. Life's the same. We push ourselves and give ourselves challenges - either consciously or not - but we can take a step back when it all gets too tough. But, like a game, there's something to be said for persevering through those challenges because the sense of achievement is wonderful when you come out the other side. In real life this might be asking out the person you've been crushing on; it might be setting up a new business; it might be pushing through that dissertation to finally reach the light...