How to beat imposter syndrome and own your strengths

Perfection is a myth. Here’s the real key to success.

Traci Rossi doesn’t want you to wait to be tapped on the shoulder to contribute in a meaningful way. The executive director of Friends of the Children in Portland, Oregon tells everyone in her organization not to wait to be called upon — because you probably know your innate gifts and talents better than anyone else.

This is especially important for the foster youth her organization works with, who are statistically less likely to succeed than their peers. Friends of the Children is changing that narrative.

Developing your strengths and cultivating a dream is more important than waiting for an opportunity to magically manifest. Leadership is a quality everyone can achieve, and so Rossi tells her staff, mentors, and foster youth to go out and lead—and maybe even change the world along the way.