Aug 162013
 

“My name is not even actually Ashton, Ashton is my middle name; my first name is Chris”.  Kutcher changed it to Ashton when he became an actor at the age of 19, then added, “I feel like a fraud.”

Ashton Kutcher is making headlines for his portrayal of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs in Jobs, which is being released August 16.  In preparation for his role, the actor compiled everything Jobs ever said publicly.  In his acceptance speech, Kutcher springboards off his role of Jobs and gets real about life as he talks about, what opportunity looks like, about being sexy, and life.

Ashton Kutcher’s speech was about “What I Learned While I Was Chris.”  He first talked about opportunity, beginning with the statement: “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”  He said that he got his first job at the age of 13, tearing shingles off a roof.  He then washed dishes at a restaurant before working in a grocery store deli and later sweeping a factory floor.

He made this remarkable observation: “I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than.  I was always just lucky to have a job.”  And he added, “I never quit my job until I had my next job.”

Known for his sex appeal, Kutcher then said, “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful, and being generous.  Everything else is crap, I promise you!”

Kutcher concluded by talking about life, quoting Jobs as saying, “Everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you.”  And he ended his speech, “Build a life, don’t live one.”

This speech was most powerful for two reasons; first, Kutcher is a Hollywood icon with a platform to say whatever he wants to say… and people will listen. Second, this was the Teen Choice Awards, where the audience is made up primarily of kids.

Kids who sometimes live off of every word an actor or singer says!

Kids who will be told what they can’t succeed at something in life, sometimes by an adult who failed because another adult told them they can’t succeed at something in life when they were a kid.

Kids who are trying to find themselves in a culture today that seems to be lazy and looking for “what’s in it for me”, and where mediocrity is acceptable.

Kids who need to hear, learn and live the fundamentals of what success in life looks like …

Opportunity

Being Sexy

Building A Life

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