By Emory Liscord MD
We all feel it
As a medical student, I kept thinking
They are sure to “find me out” soon.
As a parent, I keep thinking …
I’m a mother? What? Who let me do that?
I must be an impostor.
I have read obsessively about nutrition for years.
Secretly performing N=1 experiments on myself.
Diving into the research on epigenetics and nutritional biochemistry for fun.
Eventually the knowledge felt too important to keep to myself.
I shared a little with my husband.
My friends and family.
But I was careful because I felt like an impostor.
Compared to the researchers I followed, I felt unqualified.
A surprising thing occurred
People were interested
People were REALLY interested.
People ARE interested.
People want science-backed advice to feeling better
And don’t want to listen to lectures by ph.D researchers for fun.
I cant imaging why not
Despite my longtime obsession, I have one worry
How can I give advice on health and longevity when I don’t have it ALL figured out?
How can I give advice if I’m an impostor?
But, does anyone ever “figure it all out”?
So maybe ……. just maybe
The’re are some benefits to this feeling of being an impostor
It keeps me humble
It pushes me to read and learn more
I can teach what I know and recognize what I don’t.
Recognizing our skills and our limitations are keys to success.
So, here I am
Impostor reporting for duty