How Michelle Obama, Ciara, Karlie Kloss And Others Overcame Self-Doubt

"YOU are worth it. Never, ever doubt that for a second."

Everyone faces obstacles on their path to success, but one of the most difficult hurdles comes from within — self-doubt. It can be such a crippling feeling, that it stops us from pursuing our goals. 

Michelle Obama wants you to know you're not alone in facing self-doubt. As part of the former First Lady's Reach Higher initiative — a project started during her time at the White House encouraging higher education — she has partnered with a host of celebrities to share their experiences with self-doubt and struggles in the Better Make Room campaign.

Better Make Room is Obama's "college access campaign for Gen Z" and is meant to motivate those considering furthering their education. Plus Better Make Room's ethos of "saying things out loud makes them happen" is something that can apply to everyone. 

To promote the campaign, Obama, along with celebrities such as Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon, Karlie Kloss, Jussie Smollett and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, talk about overcoming their insecurities in a video. 


When everybody starts talking about how they started out, Obama interjects saying, "Oh gosh, we don't have time to go over all the obstacles."

When asked about their biggest insecurity, almost everyone says self-doubt.

"I thought I was too tall. I thought I wasn't good enough," said Kloss. "I was stuck in my own head."

Then the celebrities share how they decided to adjust their attitudes. 

"I heard so many 'no's' and I decided to turn those 'no's' into 'yes's,'" stated Ciara.

And they're encouraging others to do the same. Kelly Rowland urged viewers, “You have to keep telling yourself ‘I am worthy, I am ready, I am victorious.' "

The video ends with a message about the importance of going to college, and the celebrities telling viewers they are worth it 

Obama shared the video on her personal Instagram and included more details of her story:

"When I was younger, thinking about going to college sometimes gave me a pit in my stomach. I came from a working-class family on the South Side of Chicago. I was young, black, and female. Of course I doubted myself.  But I never let those fears get the best of me, in large part because I learned to ask for help when I needed it. I found friends and mentors who helped me realize I belonged. And if I failed — which I did, a lot — I learned to pick myself up and keep going. That's how I ended up with the education I needed to go on to become a lawyer, a nonprofit leader, a hospital executive, and First Lady of the United States.  No matter what kind of life you want to build for yourself, you've already got the raw materials inside. But to make your dreams a reality, you've also got to continue your education after high school, whether that's at a community college, a university, or a career & technical program.  College is worth it. YOU are worth it. Never, ever doubt that for a second. #BetterMakeRoom @BetterMakeRoom@ReachHigher2020"

The lessons in self-doubt are important for everyone to hear. They show we're not alone in feeling that way and if we believe in ourselves, there will be others around to support us.


Cover image via  Krista Kennell I Shutterstock


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