Today, we came across this video of Ashton Kutcher’s speech after receiving the Ultimate Choice Awards at the Teen Choice Awards last month. Although we are probably a little late to the show for posting it now, we think its important to highlight the 3 life tips that Ashton pointed out during his speech.
1. Opportunity looks a lot like hard work
“I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job.”
Ashton talks about how before his acting career, he jumbled through different jobs, from helping his dad carry shingles, to working at a factory sweeping dust off the ground. He used every single job he had as a stepping stone for the next job. The point he wanted to make was that it takes work in order for you to find bigger and better opportunities, so you damn well sure better work hard!
2. Be sexy
“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart. Be thoughtful and be generous.”
Billboards, commercials, and TV have always been selling products that make you feel imperfect. Their goal is to sell a product at all costs– including making you feel like you need it in order to feel better about yourself. Ashton reminds everyone to not fall for any of this and and focus on being smart, thoughtful and generous.
3. Build a life, don’t live one
“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”
Ashton begins this lesson by explaining that we all tend to grow up being told that the world is a certain way, and that one’s purpose is conform to what’s already been built in it to live a good life. Thats the reality that we are taught—however, the world can be much bigger than that, the life that you can build for yourself (and others) is limitless.