Listen: Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome by fmr Mastercard PM
"At the time was College students basically are able to authenticate themselves through light to to to to take entrance tests. They forget the idea. So how can we make sure that. At all times our students can be able to authenticate educate themselves in take tests and so forth on campus on announce us at phones so we came up with a product basically that never stood by mentioned. Thanks for your fingerprints. Your face is is your voice to two. This is a prototype to basically authenticate yourself into these mediums now through this. We were awarded a prize by Mexico. Latches Mexico's innovation and do that. Also offered I I was I guess I started the conversations with the authentication team to get a full time job there now. I went back to school when I was working on my software engineering awful time interviewing stressful period. But during this time I started as as very curious so I studied just searching what you WanNa do. What are people doing are usually going to gain? Its water people doing And then do that. I stumbled upon product school on Youtube. this was a I guess a big turning point for me because I started getting ingrained in part of school. visit a US watching them all the time understanding what it meant to be apart magic. And if slowly dawned on me that it kind of is elected the the the term muses like a mini CEO. And that's what I wanted to be at. The time is what I WANNA do on my own business in personal gaming that in understanding on what it means to be a product manager. So I took this back interviewing I decided actually dropped a lot myself ranging interviews views Some of them in the last minute. Ns not focusing on China should be recruited for products positions without any experience without any pry into immune spirits and so forth. I'm to this massacre actually offered me first product opportunity and I worked on the biometrics platform for single pry. That gun is ends up as a prototype is so recommend identity chick mobile which is a by Mitch. Product that allows customers authenticate themselves. Using the I mentioned so across face voice fingerprint and then behavioral by mentions so I was I was the product owner for the the a biometric platform so on the platform sites technically not on the consumer side So Trinity Nineteen already. This got promoted. We didn't start working on a authentication backbone and parring cardholders to authenticate themselves to on Damon. Slow do mobile go. I'm overwhelmed so so. This was only worked there for seven months before I was recruited by Verizon Media and I kind he we need the media commerce initiative so building commerce across all the media brands at the company. So it's a hard onto role pretty finding. I'm being editing months so imposter syndrome so I have a question free. So does anyone want to tell me what eighteenth imposter what it is again pasta the face. Okay something okay. I'm WHOA okay. That's these are all correct so basically I did a quick research and basically it's just pretend let your someone else And to the fraudster. So how many of you feel that. You're an imposter in your job in this one person really Sundays on Sundays Sundays year. Before I move on just to see short end how many of you are engineers now. Oh Okay and then how many of you are in products I now. How many of you in product actually transitioned from software engineer? This one person okay. Awesome have a sense of the crowd bounce five so fifty eight percent of tech workers fee lacking pastas and I put an extra PM SAT back up by data on commenting sample sizing so forthright This is basically was a survey taken by blind of how many blind plan. Yeah very useful at sticking by blinds for those who don't know blind landings basically an APP that allows you to postings anonymous. New can ask questions about Saturday in versions about How how to basically tackle situations you have at work and so forth and it hasn't So it says what you work by never says will you are so in. So based on the survey taken by blind late twenty eighteen sample size of over ten thousand people And this is across the world so off. Seventeen companies binny's represented only three had less than fifty percent of the survey employees experiencing imposs- injure that is incredible just three out. Seventeen companies had less than fifty percent of the threes actually experiencing Imposter Syndrome. So this gives you kind of like. It's yes it's a relatively so be small sample size of entire against sample size. All tech workers but it just shows you what problem we have. It's a big on you and I experienced it I I'm up here talking about the impostor syndrome phase because I've gone through it and some on Sundays. Still go to but I've found ways to combated because it's all about self confidence in some ways that I think I can share with you. That will help you as well. So some challenges. I states so as mentioned from easing year and neither some of the things that were going to my mind and not go through them one by one so the first thing his. I'm not good enough encoding I'm sure a lot of a lot of engineers goes through this like the problem. Here I think is that we tend to compare ourselves with people and we forget that people have had they may have had more experience than you right and you've had had less experience so you're yet to get that position. That person is at that point in time of comparison. I'll give you an example. I remember when I started. I started quoting at age. wjr H twenty. I'm twenty five now. I started cutting H.. Twin and there were people who had the luxury of studied to code in high school. I why didn't I started when I got to college so me. Compare myself to someone who had You know who had opportunity to learn how to quote in Hyphen at at the very least in high school really was not fair because this was my start in. It doesn't mean that I'm going to be less of a software engineer on that first right so I think they issues there in saying that they're not good enough in but it is causing the something that you do that I went through it enough Another thing there's so much to learn I was thinking about this and I wrote this. I remember in our college. I used to purchase so many books. So many coating books Find myself on the weekends holding like a big box of books to the library while people are just having are not. I'll be going to live and I'm just consumers to learn so much And then I find myself not even finishing because I'm I'm over burdening myself with so much. They always want to be Sudan. Whatever field you especially suffering engineering is always a new nine which is always updates to the to the language and so forth? So it's it's it's it you know. I think the marriage is just being comfortable. What you know knowing that you'll get there but it takes time donate to try and wash? Compare yourself with other people. The other thing is why no now is not enough like engineering. Everybody's always a new push. There's always a new the new in languages that companies are looking for now page piece no lowery used but not long ago. FACEBOOK was using Back in coding but You know the people who rent piece few took the time what not accident in United's and granted sometimes it's not that hard to migrate by. This is just an example. Right is what you know now when we have enough by Newton needs to be comfortable. We'll let you know the last thing build interview and it's not it's just not meant to be like how many of you have gone through this before he. It's an engineering I. It's it's a grueling process south-asian Yang interviews. Not Fun like sometimes. It feels that they they they test you more in the interview. They test you in the job and that's just how it is. Its its debt to me test. Your your mindset like are you gonNa keep going or are you going to just go and just give up so that was a big thing for me on a big chance amine going through these interviews and then on the other side product almost similar so the first thing is I'm an introvert just constantly communicate with people I believe it or not an insurer and It was so hard for me to move from engineering to to part it was just. I felt like someone like people constituting Monday in each eat quit. I didn't want to. I just wanted to think right. That's how it's changed to do less speaking to think more and then apply knowledge so this was this was a big charters. Second thing is I'm more more comfortable being in engineering. Do you notice the contradiction like in software engineer off saying that. Hey I'm not good enough to coat announcing I'm more comfortable being in engineer ear right. This is the whole problem with processing. It causes you to to make some contradictions of innocent paradox. That you're not even aware of so. That's a big big problem. I wouldn't do. How do I learn strategy? These people seem to be so good at it thousands of when I first started my first product job at there are so many people around me who had been doing strategy who came from the business side so who are more comfortable around that side of of of products and I was more comfortable being on the tech side. That's all the questions about technology how things ripped technically like architecture. I'll be like the first one to one to speak to it and we start talking about what is the strategy whack. Not simply crumble Watch them in trying not even be involved. This was a problem my wits end. That's another thing. These people have had the time to nurture their strategy the I guess they are the mindset in strategy strategies a skill. It's not easy it's something you don't learn in school you learn over time hi so You know that's another fifteen. If you choose to say you're not good because some people are good The last thing is another another thing. I failed an interview. And it's not just not meant to be when I went to Beijing in interviews. I felt like I always felt that back small at NFL. But when I started with product management interviews I felt like the top like some companies. How can you just once so much? So much from you in terms of The skill set you experience. And how you think about problems within a very limited amount of time. It's it's very tough and for me. I went through so many rejections I went to you know so many I keep bouncing back keep bouncing back bouncing back in order to feel like. Don't you know what it's it's just. Maybe I'm not a good fit for them and it's not about my knowledge it's just about. I'm not a good fit for them. and then even though it may not be true right about our had to keep giving myself a negative making sure that I'm constantly motivated to keep learning to keep pushing angina enjoy understanding what I had done wrong. Okay so now pick up like there's so many issues. Don't get me wrong with impostor singer but I've kicked out. What about five of them? That I have an issue with right and the first is we worked really hard. We burn out and then we hate our jobs. Odds makes you feel like you're you're not you're not good enough right and and you're not meant to be way. Okay you want therefore it makes you want to work harder twice as hard as the next person show that to show that it takes a little time to react to grasp knowledge of concepts and whatnot to be able to. But you're really hurting yourself right especially when you start a new company. I've been working eighteen months and It's very hard when he joined. You Really WanNa show them that you know.."