Adelle Platon is the editor of culture and content at TIDAL, where she produces and hosts the series, Side Hustle and In Conversation. She is also the co-founder of her sweat., a fitness lifestyle site for badass women. She used to pump out puns for Billboard as the hip-hop editor and co-host of the sports-meets-music podcast “Ballin’ Out.” She also hosted the 2017 GRAMMY red carpet show, which was live-streamed on social media and brought in 5.5 million views across Facebook and Twitter. Previously at VIBE, she tackled features for both dot com and the magazine, where she penned a cover story on Jhené Aiko and interviewed the likes of Janet Jackson, Spike Lee, and Oprah. Her prior experience includes interning at NY1 News, The Rachael Ray Show, NBC, and ABC’s 20/20 and What Would You Do?. She was also a weekend overnight booker for ABC’s Good Morning America
Adelle shares how she being relentless on going for any and every opportunity to pursue her passion and purpose led her to be the confident woman that she is today.
Adelle Platon is the editor of culture and content at TIDAL. She is also the co-founder of her sweat.
Adelle is of Filipina descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
If it doesn’t evolve me, it doesn’t involve me.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self-confidence is knowing your value and never settling for anything less than what you know you deserve. It’s also having no fear, even if it means potentially failing or experiencing rejection or throwing yourself into situations way beyond your comfort zone.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
For most of Adelle’s childhood and teenage-dom, she was painfully shy to the point where teachers would criticize her for lack of participation in progress reports. It wasn’t because she didn’t know the material being taught but she didn’t want to be embarrassed if she sounded silly or said the wrong answer in front of her classmates.
The “AHA” Moment
When Adelle was a junior in high school, she tried to pursue a career in music as a singer and volunteered to perform at different talent shows or events that her school would organize. She started becoming friends with people outside of her inner circle and loved learning about different cultures. Then when she was a sophomore in college, Barack Obama’s first inauguration made her change her major from psychology to mass communications and from that moment on, she became relentless when it came to just going for any and every opportunity she found. Attaching passion to purpose is her defense against self-doubt.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
Now, Adelle is definitely the one who always has a comment about everything in meetings. She stands up for things when something doesn’t feel right in her spirit and it’s a lot easier for her to do her job, especially given the people she interviews or networks with. She tries to be that person who always pushes the people around her to be better, whether it’s telling her colleagues to drink more water or to work out, especially because of a company she co-founded with her best friend called her sweat. Adelle is very mindful of the things she says in-person or online because she never wants to be associated with any negativity. Of course, she has her slip-ups because no one’s perfect but when you own your mistakes and realize that every loss is a lesson, it breeds motivation to win more.
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
To be honest, the journey never ends. Whether it’s asking someone out or for a raise at work, us women are always trying to find the guts to demand the most out of life. My advice is to operate from a place of love, especially self-love. It’s so easy to get caught up in the optics of what a popping life should look like because of social media but the real goal is to give yourself that validation. When you realize your own glow, that light attracts more blessings.