personal branding

Why We Struggle To Take Credit For Our Success

I want your thoughts on this...

The other day I was hanging around a bunch of students who were in a coding bootcamp. They were all building websites.

One student turned to another and asked him, “how’d your site turn out?”

He replied to her and told her everything he didn’t like about the site. Everything he didn’t do well. But miraculously, SOMEHOW the site turned out good.

Here’s where I need your help: Why do we take opportunities to compliment ourselves and turn them into self-deprecating diatribes???

Why is it so hard to give ourselves credit, to say we like what we’ve created...that we put a lot of effort into something and we’re proud of it...that we’ve worked hard to develop a skill and it’s great to see the hard work pay off?

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People do it ALL THE TIME! My brother has said before, “I’m not that smart...yet somehow I’m a doctor.”

I’ve had past coworkers say, “I’m not really creative, but I managed to put this together (shows me amazing visual presentation).”

Why do we shun taking credit and consistently opt to put ourselves down, as if things happen by some magic stroke of luck?

It’s a mindset I’ve never understood, and I’m genuinely curious about. Is it a fight against Imposter Syndrome?

COMMENT BELOW with these 2 things:

  1. Why do people struggle to compliment themselves or feel good about what they’ve done?

  2. Compliment yourself. Tell me something you’re really REALLY great at. Don’t be shy. To get the ball rolling, I’ll tell you I’m really REALLY great at making complex information digestible and approachable for people, using metaphors and everyday examples.


I’m really looking forward to your thoughts here.

Take care and be awesome today,


written by Rajiv Nathan