Full transcript of leadership coach & strategist Niko Everett’s TEDx Talk: Meet Yourself: A User’s Guide to Building Self-Esteem at TEDxYouth@BommerCanyon conference.
Niko Everett – Leadership Coach & Strategist
I was 11 years old, and I was rubbing makeup all over my legs to cover up my freckles, because I hated them, and I thought they were so ugly.
I was 15, and I lived with my dad and my stepmom, and I lied about my mom. I lied about her, because she was a waitress, and she lived in a tiny apartment. And because she was a recovering drug addict, I lied about her because I was too ashamed to tell the truth.
I was 17. And I was down on my knees on a bathroom floor. And I was forcing myself to throw up everything that I’d eaten that morning. I was desperate to be thin; I was trying so hard to be perfect.
I was 21, and I didn’t even realize what I was doing. But I was droning on and on to my friend Julie, telling her about all the people we knew and how great they were, and how amazing their lives were, and how much I wanted to be like them, how jealous I was.
And my dear friend Julie, she stopped me, and she said, “Niko, you need to meet yourself.”