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Conquering the impostor syndrome to claim the joy, zest, and power of your success

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This is an online community dedicated to helping people who struggle with the impostor syndrome claim the joy, zest, and power of their success.
Too many of us fritter away too much time, talent, and emotional energy fearing that the success we have achieved is not warranted and therefore seeing failure lurking behind every door. Inspired by my life-long struggle with the impostor syndrome, this community offers people from all walks of life a supportive place to share their experiences with impostor feelings and their techniques for conquering them.



Lessons I have learned that I would tell my younger self - Part lV


Dear readers,
Sadly, I am including the last letter on Lessons I have learned", from our last amazing woman, Renell. This last letter of lessons from these four highly accomplished women about their journey to success is a gift they are giving to other woman. Renell writes in her letter about being afraid of your success and sometimes running away because you fear making a mistake. She teaches us that we need to stay the course and not let others make us feel we don't belong. All of the lessons that I have shared over the past month in this series are important ones to take to heart and to remember on our own journeys.

Please read Renell's words of wisdom:

Dear Renell,
Well, you did it! You became the business woman that you and your best friend, Curtis, talked about in high school. He became a doctor like he said he would, too. But, the two of you never married. Wasn't in the cards. You did marry a wonderful man, you have two beautiful daughters, and an amazing grandson. You made your family and friends proud. You cracked the glass ceiling at one of the best companies in the world. You have a full life. You're happy. You're grounded. You're whole.



Joyce Roche featured on Bloomberg Business' "How Did I Get Here?







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Joyce Roche was the President and CEO of Girls Inc., a national nonprofit research, education and advocacy organization in New York until her retirement in 2010. Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roche' served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc.

Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roche' served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. While at Avon, Ms. Roche' broke new ground, becoming Avon's first African American female vice president, the first African American vice president of marketing, and the company's first vice president of global marketing.

Ms. Roche' has received widespread acclaim for her achievements in the business world: In 2015 she was featured in Business Week's "How Did I Get Here" Profile and in 1998, Business Week selected her as one of the "Top Managers to Watch". 1997 she was featured on the cover of Fortune and in 1991 and 1994 respectively, Black Enterprise named Roche' one of the "21 Women of Power and Influence in Corporate America" and one of the "40 Most Powerful Black Executives." In 2014 The Financial Times selected her as an Outstanding Corporate Director and in 2015 she received the Presidential Medal of Honor from her alma mater, Dillard University.