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Being selftaught in is weird. It's all crippling imposter syndrome until after days of trying something actually works and then WHO'S THE IMPOSTER NOW! I'M A TECH GENIUS!! BOW DOWN TO YOUR IT GODDESS!!!

@Gina when that feeling hits, I am still crippled by the “shit, how do I even explain the significance of what I just accomplished without their eyes glazing over” fear.

@Gina It can be *so* insidious.

confidence confidence confidence confidence confidence confidence
*gap in your knowledge*
AH! I'm such an idiot! I don't know *any* of the important things! AAAAH!

@Gina All of that, plus a side of recognition that the IT folks I respect the most are /also/ self-taught ... even though I'm sure I'm not as good as they are ... except when I am.

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