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This is the first of a regular series of rules for life by Pete Shmigel, a former senior state and federal political advisor and CEO of Lifeline Australia. 

‘I should never write another word.’ 

That’s the thought that went through my head over the Easter long weekend when I read a couple of columnists with awesome and insightful contributions to make. 

My internal monologue then went into several crescendos. ‘You have nothing to say.’ ‘Your times as a CEO and senior political aide were just lucky and don’t count.’ ‘You can’t fool anybody.’ 

In having the occasional bout of what’s come to be known as Imposter Syndrome since the early 80s, I know that I’m not alone. I recall the CEO of…



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