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Absolute Imposter Syndrome :O

Hey, swag beast bravado savages!


As in the title, I am suffering from insane imposter syndrome for my first SDR/corporate role. I'm just onboarding for the next couple of weeks, but even signing into the laptop they gave me has me freaking out (I don't want to mess anything up and get let go or something, lol). I feel like I'm in a DREAM.


Any advice?


Big thank you from the hotdog.

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CuriousFox
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Senior Account Executive
Stop. Close your eyes. Relax your shoulders. Unclench your jaw. Breathe in. Acknowledge your feelings. Remember you are a complete badass. Breathe out. Open your eyes. Get to work. โค๐ŸฆŠ
hotdog
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Business Owner/SDR
Thank you for the free Headspace session, CuriousFox! I'll keep that in mind for the rest of the week.ย 
DungeonsNDemos
Big Shot
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Dialing for Initiative
And drink more water!ย 
But true, everything is one step at a time and everyone feels imposter syndrome at some point. No worries!
JDialz
Politicker
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COO
Wendy Rhoades? That you?
E_Money
Big Shot
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๐Ÿ’ฐ
Nobody knows what they are doing and anyone who seems like they do is just good at faking it.ย 

All you need is confidence and curiosity to be successful. Understand that you don't have all the answers and be open to feedback/suggestions from management and/or teammates. You'll do great!
hotdog
Opinionated
2
Business Owner/SDR
Thanks for the support, E_Money! This fits what my aunts and uncles were saying over the weekend.ย 

Super curious about how to do great in this role, so I'll be reaching out to teammates and management on how to do well a reasonable amount. I'm worried that if I ask too basic a question, they will think I'm a bot.ย 

The part that worries me the most is how I decided to pursue a career in this rather than go to school (college), so I feel very underprepared even though I might not be!ย ย 
E_Money
Big Shot
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๐Ÿ’ฐ
Nah, I went to college and used almost none of it during my time as an SDR.ย 

I'd also like to add that no question is too dumb. I can guarantee you that the people you work with/for would rather you ask a question and do something right than try to figure it out on your own because you were embarrassed to ask. ASK EVERYTHINGย 
hotdog
Opinionated
1
Business Owner/SDR
Thank you! I'll make sure to ask a lot of questions even if I feel like I'm Patrick Star.ย 
Jbeans
Opinionated
1
Director of Sales
Hire passion. Train skill. You canโ€™t train people to give a fuck. So give a fuck bc that goes such a long long way !!ย 
E_Money
Big Shot
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๐Ÿ’ฐ
This is ten percent luck
Twenty percent skill
Fifteen percent concentrated power of will
Five percent pleasure
Fifty percent pain
And a hundred percent reason to remember the name
bja009
Opinionated
1
Director of Sales
This, 100%.

Be curious, try hard, ask questions, make friends, find a mentor. There's always someone to learn from.

And if someday you realize there's not someone to learn from, find a different place to work. I actively seek companies where I'm the dumbest person in the room. Only way to keep growing.
TennisandSales
Politicker
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Enterprise Account Executive
1. take a deep breadth. They hired you for a reason. they believe you can do the job. Just keep telling yourself that.ย 

In reality managers and leaders actually WANT you to be successful.

2. Absorb as much as you can in training. Try your best to realize when you dont understand a concept or something and ask your boss for clarification. WHEN YOU ASK QUESTIONS IT SHOWS YOU WANT TO LEARN. Many ppl will tell themselves that its a sign of weakness. dont believe that!ย 

3. Follow what the company gives you in terms of trainings and then find the most successful reps and follow them. you do not need to recreate the wheel.ย 



hotdog
Opinionated
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Business Owner/SDR
Thank you, TennisandSales. Super excited to be able to join the sales community. Hopefully, a month later, I don't think this is a big deal anymore. I'll continue to be a sponge!ย 
Samsamoon
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Associate
Use of telephon for most excellent assistance. More use and more. Make smile. I am make smile, make more happy feel. I love war room!
NotCreativeEnough
Politicker
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Professional Day Ruiner
They hired you because they believe you are qualified to do the job.ย 

If you could sell them on that, then you are absolutely qualified for it.ย 

Take a deep breath, remember what motivated you to take it in the first place, and kill it.ย 

And remember, you won't screw anything up that someone before you hasn't already screwed up. You're new, they don't expect perfection. And finding a mentor in a peer who has been in the role longer and is doing well will almost always set you up for success.ย 
hotdog
Opinionated
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Business Owner/SDR
Thank you, NotCreativeEnough! I strive to do the best I can, so if anything, I'm the one that expects perfection.ย 

Jumping into this career path has probably been one of the most uncomfortable things I've ever done, but I want to get great at it. The opportunities/career that the tech sector offers is amazing since the product has such great margins IMO.ย 
Pachacuti
Politicker
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They call me Daddy, Sales Daddy
Can you repeat what you said? I have trouble hearing people who donโ€™t believe in themselves.

Seriously, grab a pair and just do it.
Jbeans
Opinionated
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Director of Sales
Every time I have started a new job I felt the same way. The first month is a blur of what the fuck am I doing here ? Mixed with crying in the McDonaldโ€™s drive while talking to my real life friends at lunch. It gets better. And in a few weeks youโ€™ll feel so much more comfy and competent.ย 

Everyone started somewhere!!! You got this!! Soak it in. Learn the lay of the land. Observe and see whoโ€™s who and whatโ€™s what. Good luck!!ย 
hotdog
Opinionated
0
Business Owner/SDR
Thank you, JBeans. It's my second week in now, and I just booked an inbound lead for a meeting to discuss more (with an AE)! I have not cried in the drive-thru, but having to present the primary buyer personas the business helps with (and elevator pitches for all) in the first week had me feeling some type of way. It was great to learn though!ย 
Sniper
Valued Contributor
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Enterprise Account Executive
Itโ€™s all normal reaction to a new role. Iโ€™m here to remind you that you have every right to lose your mind.


Just come back. Bc they too most likely have no idea what theyโ€™re doing
hotdog
Opinionated
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Business Owner/SDR
Thank you, Sniper! It's been a firehose of information so far, but it's been really organized.ย 
allbayallday
Opinionated
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ADR
Great time to find mentors internally. Also -- remember that failure is seldom fatal. Mistakes are part of the process. Lastly, it's completely normal to feel the imposter syndrome. No one has it all figured out.
hotdog
Opinionated
0
Business Owner/SDR
They assign us a mentor at the start of onboarding! It's been great so far. I am very grateful for how organized it's been (I've been asking others how the experience is compared to other places). Thank you, allbayallday!
mistamor
Opinionated
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VP of Sales
Graduating into a bigger and better role include:
- Feelings of joy
- Feelings of celebrations
- The need to share it online
- In some cases, imposter syndrome may occur

Don't worry - this is a good thing
Skillen
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Solutions Sales
The cool thing about technology is it moves so quickly that you can catch up quickly. Accept that you're new and have stuff to learn, as long as you're not presenting as knowing more than you do, the imposter part should fade away. I've been doing this 30 years and still get it too, it's part of high performance.