I've 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 until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work. —Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher received a Teen Choice Award this past Sunday. In his acceptance speech, which already has more than 1 million views on YouTube, he shared a personal secret and three pieces of advice.
That's right, the man from "Dude, Where's my Car?" and "That ‘70s Show" decided to get serious in front of a thousand screaming girls. After first explaining that his real first name is Chris, Kutcher went on to explain that during his teenage years he learned some important life lessons.
"There were some really amazing things I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it's helped me be here today," Kutcher said.
His first topic? Opportunity.
"I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work," Kutcher said. "When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job at a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.
"I've 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 until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work."
After describing his first point, Kutcher continued on to his second point with conviction.
"The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful and being generous," Kutcher said. "Everything else is crap — I promise you."
Speaking to the screaming teenage crowd, Kutcher explained that anything that influences them to be something other than smart, thoughtful and generous, is only going to make them feel worse about themselves.
Kutcher concluded by sharing something he learned while working on his film about Steve Jobs. Quoting Jobs, Kutcher told the teens that in life they might be told things are just the way they are, but it is up to them to realize that they can make it change.
"You can build your own life," Kutcher said. "So build a life. Don't live one — build one. Find your opportunities and always be sexy."
Many Kutcher fans, and even those who weren't originally fans, have reacted positively to the inspirational speech. Online commenter Jimmy Farrow said, "Now, THAT is the kind of message you deliver to the youth."