Thank you for sharing. I have felt this way many times and I think it is only worse because we live in a culture that “punishes” people that are honest and real. “You are not supposed to feel a failure or a fraud, but the best all the time” — this is the message I get. God forbid I sometimes ask people’s opinion, am quiet in a meeting because I am more interested in listening and learning than saying empty words, or do not put on a “show” during a presentation.
There is this misconception that we will not be successful if we doubt ourselves. If you ask me, people who are humble, can listen and take other people’s opinions are far more interesting than the ones who never ever doubt themselves.