Imposter syndrome is a psychological phenomenon when an individual doubts their skills, talents or accomplishments, and has this persistent internalised fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.

In short, imposter syndrome happens when you don’t believe in yourself. According to Shireena Shroff Manchharam, the founder and principal consultant of Sheens Image Consulting, imposter syndrome is especially prevalent in Singapore, where the fear of failure is high.

In the first episode of Her World Pow Wow, a women-empowering podcast series, Editor Ng Yi Lian and #HerWorldTribe member/host Charmaine Yee spoke to Shireena about imposter syndrome: what it means, how to spot the signs, why it’s important to overcome it, and how to go about doing so.

They also shared their personal experiences with imposter syndrome, proving that no one is immune to it. Get ready for some goosebump moments as Shireena dishes out hard-hitting, life-changing advice.

Tip: Refer to these timestamps for highlights of the podcast.

7:40: Shireena on her imposter syndrome
15:30: How Shireena defines a Pow Wow Woman* (In Her World’s definition, a Pow Wow Woman refers to powerful women who is wow in her life)
17:00: Charmaine on her imposter syndrome
17:59: Shireena on why it’s important to overcome imposter syndrome
20:00: Yi Lian on her imposter syndrome
21:55: Shireena on how she overcame her imposter syndrome
25:00: Yi Lian on how she overcame her imposter syndrome
27:00: Shireena on the fear of failure in Singapore
31:23: Shireena on how to pick yourself up after failure or bad times
33:27: Shireena on what she’d say to people who find it very tough to be happy
39:30: Shireena shares a powerful quote she lives by

Her World Pow Wow is a women-empowering podcast series in which Editor Ng Yi Lian and #HerWorldTribe member/host Charmaine Yee dive deep into heart-to-heart conversations with trailblazing women to learn about their struggles and wins and how they navigate through them all.

Don’t want to watch the video on-the-go? Her World Pow Wow is also on Spotify.