ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Imposter Syndrome  | Mike Cannon-Brookes | TEDxSydney

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Imposter Syndrome  | Mike Cannon-Brookes | TEDxSydney

Here’s Great Tip: Imposter Syndrome  | Mike Cannon-Brookes | TEDxSydney


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Mike Cannon-Brookes, co-founder of software company Atlassian, is an Australian business success story. In this surprisingly personal talk, he reveals how he constantly feels like an imposter, but how he’s learned to harness those feelings for his benefit. 

Mike Cannon-Brookes is the co-founder and co-CEO of Atlassian, a collaboration software company that helps teams organise, discuss and complete shared work. More than 68,000 organisations – including some of the biggest names in media, manufacturing and technology such as eBay, Twitter, Coca-Cola, Visa, BMW and NASA – use Atlassian’s products to work smarter, faster and be more agile.

Mike has received international recognition for his work, including the “Australian IT Professional of the Year” award in 2004, “Australian Entrepreneur Of The Year” in 2006 and “Australian Business Person of the Year” in 2017. He’s also been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2009 and is currently a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders.

Outside Atlassian, Mike is an active angel investor and a non-executive director of Tyro, a technology-focused Australian bank. He serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New South Wales’ School of Computer Science and Engineering, as well as chair of the Computer Science and Engineering Industry Advisory Board.

Mike holds a Bachelor of Commerce in information systems from the University of New South Wales, Australia.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

47 Replies to “ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Imposter Syndrome  | Mike Cannon-Brookes | TEDxSydney”

  1. call this experience of human life syndrome indicates its something negative. and its not. its very common and doest necessarily lead to negativity either. these days psychology/ mental health is based on assuming that everything but happiness or success is bad. so idiotic.and so many people desperately looking for excuses.

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  3. I get anxious when I would think that people will think I'm not good enough for my job and would just abandon being with me. Like I get anxious they won't hand me a responsibility just because I'm not competent enough for the job that's why I'm so afraid of going out to work.

  4. How do others see the value and the potential in you when you’re too busy doubting yourself to see your worth? How do you Acknowledge your achievements and your efforts?

  5. @9:00 That might be true, but according to research feeling that your partner is out of your league is also the number one indicator for adultery for the sole reason of massaging your own ego. Not sure whether that's a price I wanna pay.

  6. Оце так ) коли весь день писав доки в Confluence і працював над тасками в JIRA, почуваючи себя останнім лузером , а ввечері шукаєш про синдром самозванця і знаходиш цей видос. Від мілліардера і автора цього софта ) І він такий, егегей чуваки, я себе теж так почуваю )))

  7. This speaker is genuine but near the end he projects re: others; there's more likelihood the opposite is true: execs over-estimating themselves, The Dunning-Kruger Effect.

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