Selena Gomez Motivational Speech – Trust Yourself at WE Day

Selena Gomez motivational speech about her life and some of the hardships she’s encountered in her career to a crowd of 16,000 youth at the first-ever WE Day in California. She told the crowd to never ever give up on their dreams, and to be confident in their goals.

Selena Gomez Motivational Video Transcript:

Hey guys, how are you?

So 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 let 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 and interviews.

I like being honest with you directly, which is each and every one of you, because I feel like I can and I’m I’m just going to start with the basics.

So I’m 21 and my mom had, my mom had me when she was 16, and I’m from Grand Prairie, Texas, and she worked four 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 dinosaur that I hang out with, he’s great.

You guys are so motivating.

I feel like I can say anything.

When I was 11, the point being is when I was 7 I wanted to be an actress and I wanted to live my dream and when I was 11, 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 or 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 eleven 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 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 gotta be nice.

You gotta 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 recently 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 were 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.

As, as honored as I was to share my story, I’m even more honored to be introducing this next, these next guest because they’re amazing.

They are half of my age, but they can have they have a lot they can teach us.

They are incredible examples of young people fighting for a cause that they believe in, “We Day”, please welcome Hannah and Arjun joined by the Oakland Youth Orchestra.


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