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The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

Valerie Young

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This revolutionary book breaks down the phenomenon of impostor syndrome in highly capable women — and provides the tools to overcome it.


The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

by Valerie Young


How many times have you found yourself thinking things like 'It's only because they're being polite,' 'Someone must have made a mistake,' or 'It's only a matter of time before I'm found out?' If you're a woman in the workplace, you're likely to suffer from a confidence-limiting form of self-sabotage known as impostor syndrome. But don't worry — you're in good company.

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally renowned speaker and researcher, who has spent decades coaching the best and brightest women in leading Fortune 200 companies across the U.S. Combining unforgettable anecdotes with brilliant analysis and advice, this book unpacks why feelings of fraud are so gendered, and sets out a plan to manage the troublesome thought patterns that hold us back.

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I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.

- Leonardo da Vinci

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