A Struggle Out of Anonymity and Introversion

Vincent Favour
3 min readDec 13, 2023
My heart keeps fighting me to stay anonymous online even as a techie

Let me kick things off by posing four simple questions:

  1. Have you ever felt that heart-pounding moment when putting yourself and your skills out there?
  2. Ever found yourself hesitating before confidently saying, ‘Yes, I’ve got this’?
  3. Do you genuinely believe in your abilities?
  4. Are you effectively gaining clients without advertising and branding yourself?

I want you to take your time reflecting on these questions.

Some time ago, I found myself squarely in this category, grappling with these very questions. The uncertainty before showcasing what I could do, the inner dialogue questioning my abilities.

Embarking on this tech journey felt like stepping into a world where possibilities were endless, and every line of code held the promise of innovation.

Yet, as a novice, there was an invisible barrier — a persistent doubt that lingered, whispering, “Are you good enough?

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It’s that feeling, familiar to many of us, that even when you know something, imposter syndrome lingers in the background.

This journey, born out of those moments of uncertainty, goes beyond just sharing the story of a beginner grappling with insecurities; it's an exploration of overcoming self-doubt and discovering the power within those doubts.

First, I looked at the lives of those who generously shared their knowledge, realizing how much they gained, not just financially but also in their specialized fields. Interestingly, many of them humbly acknowledged their imperfections and unmet goals.

It became clear — learning is an ongoing journey. Allow me to illustrate this point; take a moment to watch the video below.

I know we might all know tech with Tim on YouTube.

Forward till you find communication 5:49 min and watch till the end of communication (as a point) 7:55 min ( to save your data 😁)

In the video, he made this statement. (Please don't skip the video)

Even though he wasn't necessarily the best programmer but as the best speaker (someone who can communicate and teach what he knows to others) He was assumed to be the best programmer.

Consider the opportunities that breaking free from introversion brings to one individual. He not only landed a position at Microsoft but also secured an internship at Shopify at the age of 19. These opportunities arose not just from technical prowess but, crucially, from the ability to communicate effectively.

Moving to my own story, my experience

I had never earned so much before until I started releasing content and sharing what I have learned online. This habit has brought clients from outside the country to me. So I am grateful for overcoming that state of mind and I want you to do so as well.

Even if you don't have much engagement. Consistency is just the key. CONTINUE!!!!

So, why not conquer imposter syndrome one day at a time? Share your knowledge, and market yourself; it will carry you much further than your programming ability alone, I bet you.

Remember, it’s not a competition with anyone. Comparing yourself won’t lead to a helpful mindset. Everyone learns at a different pace, and acknowledging this truth is the key to genuine growth and success.

It doesn't matter how long it takes you, what matters is that you are constantly improving and you are giving your best.

You only compare yourself with your past self if there is any change.

Don't wait till you are perfect. You can't be perfect even in the next 20 years. It's not a curse because tech is ever-evolving.

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Vincent Favour

Talks about Programming, Data science, Inspiration quotes and Academic Affairs. Reach me on twitter : @ogboifavour