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Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

Dealing With Imposter Syndrome As A Millennial

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  “What am I doing here? How did I get here? I do not belong here, these people are way too smart.” These thoughts crossed my mind shortly after I started my first job after college. I realized that I was the youngest and also the first international student and African female to work as a scientist in one of the best forensic toxicology laboratories in the world. Studies show that 70% of millennials fail to internalize their success, often attributing their accomplishments to luck rather than ability. Perhaps it is because our parents always compared us to our neighbors down the street, our friends or maybe some of professors never believed in our dreams. This problem is compounded by our use of social media, which makes it seem like everyone is doing pretty amazing things and you are not OR you feel like you’ve failed at too many things.  With many…

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

My 3 Favorite Books of 2016 And How I Applied What I Learnt To My Life

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  I picked up the habit of reading when I was 20, not because I particularly enjoy reading (I don’t – I’m very slow at it, I have a very short attention span, and it gets kinda boring); but because I know the amazing benefits of reading. Over the years I’ve noticed that my relationship with books/ reading takes 3 forms: A : “What is a book?”  – Where I go months without picking up a book to read. B: I read but I can never remember what I read and I cannot find ways to apply what I learn to my life. C: I read and retain what I learn and apply this to my life. I read 11 books this year, and listened to 20 or more audio books (blame it on my long commute). So, for the few times when I actually remember what I read and applied…

INVEST IN YOURSELF YOU WILL GET THE GREATEST RETURNS

INVEST IN YOURSELF YOU WILL GET THE GREATEST RETURNS

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    Investing in yourself is the best thing you can do for yourself, not just for the future returns but also because of the current payoffs. Investing in yourself can take several forms but at its core it serves to increase your human capital. Wikipedia defines human capital as: “The stock of knowledge, habits, social and personality attributes, including creativity, embodied in the ability to perform labor so as to produce economic value” In life, I’ve realized that a lot of us simply do not spend the time or money needed to invest in ourselves (the only one guaranteed investment in life) instead we give money to others by investing in the stock market, the latest gadgets, the newest cars, better homes, and so on – items that depreciate, or have wildly volatile returns. And all of this is fine and great, but imagine what could happen if we…

Get To It: Wake Up and Start Living

Get To It: Wake Up and Start Living

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An ant symbolizes hard work, diligence, cooperation and industry” As I sip on my caramel hot latte, my life feels like it’s in motion but I am not. It is mentally challenging to feel stuck in a state of mind where you question if your ideal self will ever be actualized. The good thing about feeling this way is that you know a mental breakthrough is around the corner; but this can only be reached with the right amount of mental inducement. The real question is how to shift your perspective to focus on ways to improve your sense of fulfillment. That’s easy: get active; but that will prove futile if there are no goals to accomplish. The hard part is coming up with goals that will provide satisfaction. Many people scavenge for the true meaning of life and live in a dreamland blinded by indecisiveness and fear of the unknown. Well,…