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24: ...How to Conquer Imposter Syndrome & OWN Your Opportunities!

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Raise your hand, if you’ve ever felt like an imposter at work, felt unworthy in your relationships... or maybe even had some serious doubt in your abilities as a new parent.

After the overwhelmingly positive response to Zuri’s insight on Imposter Syndrome during her appearance on The Breakfast Club — we heard you! Today, Zuri has a FULL episode on it — sharing how these feelings can paralyze us and how we need to shed these insecurities so we can fully walk into our opportunities.

Then our two amazing experts break down exactly what “Imposter Syndrome” is: licensed therapist Dr. Joy Bradford & certified life coach Amy E. Smith, who shine a light on how imposter syndrome may be connected to our limiting beliefs; when to determine if it’s you that’s the fraud or if it’s your in a toxic work environment; and provide practical tips to silence your inner critic.

Make sure you stay ‘til the end for this week’s ‘Party Trick’: 3 Exercises to Build Your Confidence... and Help Battle Imposter Syndrome.

Let us know your favorite part of the convo: @ZuriHall + @HotHappyMess

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Dr. Joy Harden Bradford is a Licensed Psychologist, Speaker, Media Personality, and the host of the wildly popular mental health podcast, Therapy for Black Girls. She also serves as the Resident Psychologist for O, The Oprah Magazine. Her work focuses on making mental health topics more relevant and accessible for Black women and she delights in using pop culture to illustrate psychological concepts.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, Bustle, MTV, Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, and Essence. Dr. Joy lives in Atlanta, GA with her husband and two sons.

Connect with Dr. Joy: @therapyforblackgirls | @hellodrjoy | Podcast | Twitter

Amy E. Smith is a certified and credentialed life coach and hypnotherapist, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment, expert. Owner and founder of Joy Junkie Enterprises, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals beyond limiting beliefs and sabotaging mindsets to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-worth.

With an acute focus on helping people “find their voice”, Amy uses her popular weekly podcast, The Joy Junkie Show, to address issues of worthiness, self-confidence, and letting go of people-pleasing to assist listeners in creating and living radically joyful lives. Amy has been instrumental in aiding thousands of women in stepping into their authentic power and crafting the lives they desire. She is highly sought after for her uncommon style of irreverence, wisdom, and humor and has been a featured expert in Inspired Coach Magazine and on Fox 5 San Diego.

Connect with Amy: @thejoyjunkie | Podcast | Free E-Book

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We welcome multi-cultural, inclusive individuals who identify as female/femme/women, non-binary, trans, genderqueer, agender, or any combination of the above! – who appreciate sharing & celebrating one another experiences and learning about others’ stories + POVs (especially BIPOC + Queer).

We’re women of all races + backgrounds, united by one mission: living our lives as fully, happily & mindfully as we can.

In the HHM Crew, we value Community. Kindness. A Work Hard, Play Hard Mentality

(she likes to laugh, have fun, and maybe have one vodka shot too many after a long day of getting her AlphaBabe on).

We can't wait for you to start sharing your stories, not just with one another, but also with Z! Remember, this is a safe space, so no topic is off-limits. We just want us to have FUN! We want this space to feel like a long-distance brunch. Y'know? So grab a drink, a snack, pull up a chair, and let's all virtually hang!

Recent episodes: if ya feel like bingeing!

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 23: …How I Made It: Zuri Hall's Career Story

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 21.5: …I Bought a House (Bonus Episode)

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 10: ...I Have Commitment Issues, Let's Chat, Attachment Styles

ICYMI: Listen to Episode 7: It's 2021! Here’s The KEY to a Happier You!

Go back to the beginning --- ICYMI: Listen to Episode 1: How to Be Happy


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If you loved this podcast episode, you’ll also love our first episode in our Protect Your Peace Series: Episode #1: How To Be Happy

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Zuri Hall is an Emmy award-winning TV host (Access Hollywood, American Ninja Warrior) and is the executive producer & host of this millennial-focused podcast that will empower women to avoid “best life burnout” through candid conversation, expert panel discussions, and real-life, human interest stories from everyday women.

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