I once told my husband I had a celebrity crush on Ashton Kutcher.
And after watching him at the Teen Choice Awards on August 11, I’d say that crush has turned to admiration.
Kutcher’s acceptance speech after winning the “ultimate choice award” on Sunday wasn’t really an acceptance speech at all. Kutcher instead gave some great life advice to thousands of screaming fans-and revealed his “real” name.
“I feel like a fraud,” Kutcher began. “Ashton is actually my middle name. My name is Chris. It got changed when I was 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really cool things I learned when I was Chris.” Those three things are:
1-Opportunity “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”
Kutcher talks about carrying shingles up to roofs with his father, doing dirty dishes, and sweeping factory floors. “I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than.” Kutcher says every job he’s had was just a stepping stone to his next job, and that he “never quit my job until I had my next job.”
As you can imagine, as soon as Ashton Kutcher breathed the word “sexy” the crowd went wild. But his advice was not at all expected.
“The sexiest thing in the entire world?” Kutcher asked. “Is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is just crap! It’s crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it.”
3- Build a Life “Don’t just live your life-build one.”
Kutcher says he re-learned this while filming his latest movie “Jobs.”
When you grow up, you tend to think the world around you is the way it is. You try to learn things, not get into too much trouble, grow up, maybe have a family, and generally live a good life. But, as Steve Jobs said, “Life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: everything around us that we call life is made up of people that are no smarter than you.” What are you going to do with your life? You can either live within the one others have created, or create your own that people can live in. What can you invent, do, change, that will impact the world?
The speech immediately went viral, receiving well over a million hits. Kids were inspired, parents were thrilled, and, well, for one glamorous moment there was hope coming from Hollywood.
I’m totally impressed. And totally going to see “Jobs.” And totally still crushing.