John Mollura Flow Over Fear

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome with John Mollura

While imposter syndrome is commonplace, it doesn’t necessarily mean it should be normalized. In fact, it’s a telltale sign of a lack of self-worth and self-love, so you have to take that opportunity to do the inner work.

In today’s episode, John Mollura talks about how he got so terrified of people finding out he wasn’t perfect, that he built up this veneer of perfection. He then figured out how to turn the volume of imposter syndrome down to create the life he wanted. Now, he’s paying it forward to audiences through his keynotes, educating and empowering his audiences on unmasking imposteor syndrome – and believing that positive change is possible. 

Here are some power takeaways from today’s conversation:

  • His transition from being a NASA rocket scientist to a portrait photographer. 
  • The impact on him of losing his childhood best friend to suicide
  • Figuring out imposter syndrome and how he leaned into faith
  • The concept of noble obstacles
  • How photography fits perfectly with Johns’s imposter syndrome keynotes
  • Fear hates facts.

Episode Highlights:

[15:04] Steps for Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

There are so many reasons why impostor syndrome can show up, but it all boils down to a lack of self-worth. When was the last time you actually praised yourself for how good you look in a picture or for the amazing thing you’ve done? Many of us feel unworthy of accolades, love, and admiration. And so we’ve got to be able to acknowledge that lack of self-worth as the first step to overcoming imposter syndrome. The next step is to lean in faith. Start changing the way you show up in the world and in your relationships. 

[30:10] The Concept of The Noble Obstacles

The “noble obstacles” are those things that, on the surface, seem like a great reason not to do something. For example, John is making six figures as a high-level engineer. When the reality is that he could actually also make very good money being a photographer. And so, a lot of people really tend to stick with what they have right now. They wouldn’t challenge it because they think it’s a noble thing to do.

[42:33] Fear Hates Facts

Fear hates facts. Any negative emotion including imposter syndrome is fear-based, and fear will shrivel up and die when you shine some facts on it. And so, any time you feel it again, try to uncover the facts first. Because 9 times, even ten times, out of ten, there won’t be any facts supporting the fear. Instead, you actually have a boatload of facts supporting that you are capable and you are worthy.

Resources Mentioned: 

Take the Stairs by Rory Vaden

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