“Trust yourself” - Selena Gomez speaks at WE Day California 2013


Hi guys how are you
we’re good to see you guys are you guys
having a good night
I have to say that it’s such an honor to
be here it is I’m so happy to be here
I’m like a nerd and brought my own
speech but I hope it’s okay that I take
this opportunity to really just spend
with you guys and tell you a little bit
about my story I’m not an activist I
haven’t changed the world or led a
campaign I’m here to just tell you my
path so that you hopefully can take
something away from it because I don’t
like being honest with this is a truth I
don’t like being honest with press and
interviews I like being honest with you
directly which is each and every one of
you cuz I feel like I can and I’m I’m
just gonna start with the basics so I’m
21 and my mom has ha ha ha ha
my mom had me when she was 16 and I’m
from Grand Prairie Texas and she worked
for jobs and completely dedicated her
life into making mine better so to me
she is the definition of a strong woman
and I love her so much because she’s
taught me those values so much
I have been acting my entire life and I
have known since I was first on Barney
you know that purple dinosaurs great you
guys are so motivating I feel like I
could say anything when I was 11 the
point being is when I was seven I wanted
to be an actress and I wanted to live my
dream and when I was eleven I had a
casting director tell me that I wasn’t
strong enough to carry my own show and
I’m sure all of you have been told that
you don’t have what it takes and that
you may not be good enough and you don’t
have enough people supporting you and
you’re being told all of these things
when deep down it’s all you want to do
you want to be a part of something great
you want to make something great and it
does more than knock the wind out of you
it crushes you when people tried to tell
you that you’re not good enough and it
almost did for me but there was my mom
next to me stronger than ever and she
said the most important thing is to
always trust in myself if I have if I’m
doing something because I love it I
should do it because I love it and I
believe I can do it so she told me to
keep going
she told me and she taught me to turn
the other cheek and let the credits burn
like the critics be critics and let us
just trust ourselves so for me two years
later I got my own show and the first
thought the first thought wasn’t oh man
that girl when I was 11 said I wouldn’t
carry my own show and I did I mean I
thought about that for a little bit but
I thought about what my mom said my mom
was like you have to trust yourself and
I realized if I didn’t believe that I
could do it I wouldn’t be able to be
here and I have I’m gonna I’m gonna say
I live a very blessed life I have so
much to be thankful for and a lot of you
are a big part of inspiring me because I
don’t think you get it and maybe you’re
not told enough but you inspire me to be
better and we should inspire each other
to be better
I’m surrounded by people who are
supposed to guide me and some of them
have and others haven’t they pressure me
there’s so much pressure you got to be
sexy you got to be cute you got to be
nice you got to be all these things and
I’m sure you can all relate you all have
pressure that you have to deal with
every day I’m sure with school with work
with friends with parents with family
with parents I know sometimes with mine
they tell me what to wear how to look
what I should say how I should be until
I had given in to that pressure I lost
sight of who I was I listen to opinions
of people and I tried to change who I am
because I thought the others would
accept me for it and I realized I don’t
know how to be anything but myself
and all I really want you to know is
that you are changing the world I’m not
changing the world you’re changing the
world and that’s amazing
please please just be kind to each other
and love and inspire people because
let’s do it let’s do it let’s change the
game let’s change the game the most
important thing is that we learn and we
continue to learn from each other
please stay true to yourself please just
remain who you are and know that we have
each other’s back
all of us have each other’s back I’d be
lying if I said that I’ve never tried to
make myself better by giving in because
I have but I’ve learned from my actions
and for all the things I’ve done I’m
proudest of that I’ve learned from my
mistakes I want you to know what it’s
like that I know what it’s like figuring
out what types of friends you have you
are who you surround yourself with so I
just want to say I hope I can inspire
each and every one of you to just trust
yourselves and to love and to be loved
and thank you for allowing me to come up
and ramble and talk to you guys because
this is such a beautiful thing you’re
doing be proud of yourselves this is
great thank you so much for the
opportunity for me to come out here and
share my story with you guys