I have a PhD in a hard science from a renowned, top-notch institution. I founded a startup in a new, growing market and within months I developed and lauched my product, hired people and turned myself into a salesperson. Probably because of my background or the media attention my company recently had, I can get easily to meet C-suite or partner-level executives. Unfortunately, I feel like a fraud. I quickly picked up the information I need to fake expertise, but I’ve been in this field for little more than a year and I’m selling my product to people with over a decade’s experience. They don’t seem to notice, but I feel ashamed.
Although people with way more business experience than me (and very successful entrepreneurs) tell me I’m wrong, I don’t think I have what it takes to be a successful businessperson.
I’m getting more and more depressed and I’m seriously considering throwing in the towel, writing off all expenses an get a job like most people do. This situation is seriously affecting my life, my lack of self-esteem will for sure sink my company and I’m losing all motivation and stamina.
How can I get over it and recover some sanity?