What is something you've learned that you lean on daily? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Austen Allred, Co-founder and CEO - Lambda School, on Quora:

Something I have to remind myself every day is to ask how I will accomplish my goal, not can I? If you're determined and flexible, there's a way. That might sound simplistic, but it's something that's helped me combat the ever-present imposter syndrome, and it's even a mantra I've seen carry through with my kids and how they approach problems.

When I lived in Utah, I wanted to break into the tech world badly. I doubted myself plenty, but ended up living out of my 2002 Honda Civic to build my first company in Silicon Valley. Flexibility and determination propelled me further than I thought possible. But that doesn't mean I don't struggle with doubt.

Even in the back of my Honda, I was ecstatic to be in the Valley doing what I loved, but I was constantly questioning if I was meant to be there or deserved to play a role in this economy. That never went away. Questioning if you're deserving or good enough is not only normal but unavoidable in work and life. But I've learned that there's a difference between acknowledging it as a normal anxiety and letting it get in the way of what you want to accomplish.

I founded Lambda to remove the risks from building a better career for oneself. If we help eliminate even some of the self-doubts and barriers to entry in the way of a good-paying job and a career students love, then we're serving our mission. We are always seeking to remove "can I?" from the equation, and give students the time, space, and resources to ask "how?"

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Published on: Jan 16, 2020