In a report out of Detroit, MI, it has been determined that 27-year-old Jack Lloyd could actually use a little imposter syndrome.
A transplant via Ridgefield, CT, Lloyd is currently running an AI music production software start-up with complete confidence and comfort, but experts now warn that he shouldn’t be.
“Many marginalized people are held back by imposter syndrome because they feel they aren’t qualified, don’t really know what they’re doing, or shouldn’t be taking up the space they’ve been designated,” psychologist Dr. Ruth Feinstein says. “However, Mr. Lloyd appears to have the opposite problem, wherein he has never so much as considered these concerns.”
But Jack is resolute in his commitment to not self-reflecting.
“You have to believe in your mission 100%,” Jack says. “When I came to my dad with the opportunity to invest capital into my business, he never would have done it if there were a hint of doubt in my voice. And due to that confidence, I’m proud to say I now employ four of my Tufts buddies who otherwise would have had to go work for Google or something.”
It’s statements like these that support the claim that Jack could stand to gain a little internalized fear that he is a fraud and an interloper.
“People who change the world always see the things differently, and that’s scary to some people,” Jack says in complete earnest. “Like, most people I went to school with ended up in New York or LA, but I see that Detroit is so full of potential and an amazing place to nurture artists, creatives and innovators.”
“Plus,” Jack adds, “depending on the neighborhood, it’s really not as bad as people think.”
Planted firmly in the long line of explorers and shaker-uppers before him, Jack remains committed to not learning anything about the history or culture of any space he enters, but has no doubt his presence will improve conditions considerably.
“The world doesn’t improve without forward thinking and forward motion,” Jack says. “Just go, go, go. That’s my mantra, and it’s never failed me.”
Psychologists and laypeople alike hold out hope that one night Jack will awake in a panic attack about being a fraud, but don’t get your hopes up.