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Michelle Obama: ‘I still have a little impostor syndrome’

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Michelle Obama speaks in
London on Monday.

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  • Michelle Obama says that she sometimes feels like a
    fraud, even after a decade on the world stage.
  • She said in London on Monday: “I still have a little
    impostor syndrome, it never goes away, that you’re actually
    listening to me.”
  • Obama said that the feeling is one that many people
    experience and she wanted to make sure that she is accountable
    and can inspire hope.
  • “I share that with you because we all have doubts in
    our abilities, about our power and what that power is,” she
    said.

Michelle Obama says that she experiences imposter syndrome and
that even she still sometimes feels like a fraud.

Speaking in London on Monday, Obama said that it’s a feeling that
never goes away, even with experience or fame.

When asked by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie how it
feels to be seen as a “symbol of hope,” Obama said: “I still have
a little impostor syndrome, it never goes away, that you’re
actually listening to me.

“It doesn’t go away, that feeling that you shouldn’t take
me that seriously.”

Imposter syndrome is a term used to describe when people
feel inadequate, despite their success.

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According
to the BBC
, Obama said that the feeling is a common one, and
that she wanted to talk about it to make them feel less alone and
more confident.

“What do I know? I share that with you because we all have
doubts in our abilities, about our power and what that power
is.


Michelle Obama Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Michelle
Obama spoke with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in London, promoting
her new book, “Becoming.”

Jack
Taylor/Getty Images


“If I’m giving people hope, then that is a responsibility, so I
have to make sure that I am accountable,” she said.

“We don’t have any choice but to make sure we elders are giving
our young people a reason to hope.”

Obama also shared one of her biggest fears from her time as first
lady: falling over on-camera and becoming a meme.

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terrified of falling over on camera: ‘One of my primary goals for
the eight years was to never become a meme’

She said that her last thought before she walks on any stage is
“don’t fall.” 

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