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

Welcome to Empress Has No Clothes

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.

Why Does Putting Myself First Feel So Bad?

By Guest Blogger, Cherrie K. Fisher

Do you tend to put everyone else’s needs above your own? I’m guilty of that! I wonder why I always seem to pass on opportunities to invest in myself? Somewhere I got the message that spending time or money on myself is bad, that I’m not worth it.

The last year of engineering school, I worked my tail off. I had studied so hard, and was looking forward to giving myself a graduation present. . My friend Penelope and I planned to take a road trip from Missouri to Florida. I had never seen the ocean so I was really excited. For a whole year I carried around a postcard of a Daytona Beach sunset. The night before our trip, though, as I was packing my suitcase my mother tried to make me feel guilty for leaving. The next morning, when Penelope arrived to pick me up, I used every ounce of strength I had to walk out that front door and not look back. We had the trip of a lifetime – I got the chance to see that sunset and swim in the ocean for the first time. But I had also absorbed the message that spending money on myself is bad. Ever since, I have been all too willing to accept the short end of the stick, to pass on opportunities to invest in myself.

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As a trailblazer in the corporate world for 25 years, Joyce Roché mentored women by encouraging them to find their voices and take bold career risks to excel. Her vision for empowered businesswomen carried over into her work on behalf of girls when in 2000, she assumed the role of President and CEO of Girls Inc., the nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.

Before joining Girls Inc., Ms. Roché served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Carson Products Company, and Vice President of Global Marketing at Avon Products, Inc. During her tenure at Carson, an African American personal care company, sales increased over 130 percent. While at Avon, Ms. Roché 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.