Oprah Doesn’t Understand Imposter Syndrome: ‘I Had to Look It Up’

Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images)
Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images)

Whether it’s due to our own fears and insecurities, or the world’s desire to constantly tear us down and limit our potential, a lot of Black women find themselves dealing with imposter syndrome. Excuse me, a lot of Black women who aren’t named Oprah Winfrey. Once again, the media mogul has proven herself to be a unicorn, as she admitted she’s never felt the self doubt of imposter syndrome. While promoting her new book, Build the Life You Want: The Art and Science of Getting Happier, the actress/producer discussed her feelings on the topic.

“I don’t have any of that imposter feelings that so many people have,” Winfrey told People. “I didn’t even understand it, I had to look it up.”

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It’s great that Oprah’s been able to live her life without self doubt, but for the rest of us non-rich and famous regular people, doubt is part of life. Striving to overcome those emotions makes us stronger and more prepared for the next major challenge. I appreciate that Oprah doesn’t have to deal with doubt, but for me, sometimes it forces me to ask hard questions that lead to creative answers.

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