Inspiring Pop-Culture-Entranced Youth to Greatness.

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“Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.”

I have to be honest: I generally don’t pay any attention to either Ashton Kutcher or the Teen Choice Awards, but after several episodes of this appearing in my Facebook newsfeed by intelligent friends who I admire both as people and as parents, I had to take a look.

Watch this for yourself, and, if you’re a parent, please show it to your kids.

Celebrities hold a lot more clout than independent-thinking adults often want to admit—and thank goodness that one of them said this:



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16 Responses to “Inspiring Pop-Culture-Entranced Youth to Greatness.”

  1. LauraeMarie says:

    Rock on Ashton .. Chris!

  2. occultfan says:

    "Opportunities look a lot like work."
    "Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous."
    "Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you,
    and you can build your own things, you can your own life that other people can live in,
    so build a life, don't live one, build one."
    "Find your opportunities and always be sexy".

    Not bad, not bad.

    P.S. But then you realize the audience he's telling to be
    sexy – is the audience of the teen choice awards.

    • See response below, that was meant to be a reply (not sure what happened there). As long as I'm posting this too, I'll also add on that the audience is also all of the teens watching via television, of course.

    • Amy says:

      If you listen to the speech, he is saying what is "sexy" is being smart. Great message.

    • Eve says:

      "Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you,
      and you can build your own things, you can your own life that other people can live in,
      so build a life, don't live one, build one."

      Part of that was said by Steve Jobs in a 1994 interview. so Ashton didn't come up with that on his own. It was probably part of his script for the movie about Steve Jobs. Here is the original quote:
      “You tend to get told that the world is the way it is, but life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact; and that is that everything around you that you call life was made up by people no smarter than you … Once you learn that, you’ll never be the same again.”

      It's great advice, but directed at an audience that may or may not get it. Christopher is one smart man!!

    • Karrel E says:

      this is the best speech i have heard in a very long time

  3. Not sure what that means, because these are the Hollywood up-and-coming who will create what our next generation basically looks like. These are the people who need to hear that.

  4. Emma says:

    He took the words out of my mouth!!! …you gotta love a smart cute guy:)

  5. Gabrielle says:

    sounds like he is trying to give a big speech like Jobs did at Stanford U….He is just trying to sell his movie, his speech is not that great

    • @Shana112573 says:

      Yeah it was…and I was so glad I was watching it live with my 13-year-old daughter

    • Ziggy says:

      It's great with a positive perspective.

    • He said during his speech that he was inspired while working on the movie, but I don't think in any way that it seemed contrived or self-serving; in fact, I'd argue the exact opposite. At one point during his talk, I remember thinking to myself that working on this movie was obviously something that profoundly impacted him (and many people find Steve Jobs to be inspirational). Additionally, he looked like he might even cry at a few points with his intensity, and I know he's an actor, but this speech was definitely heartfelt.

  6. One says:

    Yeah… it was that good. Great message. And good for him to challenge the audience to be better instead of pandering to their fears, insecurities, and naivety. Nicely done Mr. Kutcher.

  7. It is really good. I get kind of sad when I think that the audience really didn't get what he said. I hope, for that reason, that this goes viral and is shown to those who can listen and live it.

  8. ask says:

    This is a great tip particularly to those fresh to
    the blogosphere. Simple but very precise information…
    Appreciate your sharing this one. A must read article!

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