So, Ashton Kutcher, right? His first name is actually Chris. He met up with about a bazillion teen fans at Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards last night to receive the Ultimate Choice Award from the kid-centric cable network, and told them some deep stuff.
First up, according to Kutcher, is that “opportunities look a lot like work.” He said that any job he ever had was never beneath him. And he worked at them hard, and never quit one job until he had another. He then said that “the sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, and being thoughtful, and being generous.” Everything else, said the handsome, well-off, successful actor, “is crap; I promise you.”
So far, so good. Then he laid some Steve Jobs wisdom on the young crowd, which got increasingly quiet during the five minute acceptance speech.
Kutcher said that he learned a few things when he acted in the upcoming Jobs movie, in which he stars as the sometimes mercurial visionary co-founder of Apple Computer.
Kutcher finished his speech with the following quote, saying it was Steve Jobs who said it.
When you grow up, you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is. And that your life is to live your life inside the world, and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education, and get a job, and make some money and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: that 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 build your own life. Build a life. Don’t live one, build one.
Seriously, that’s some deep stuff. Whether the teens in the audience heard or truly understood what Kutcher was saying is kind of beyond the point. This young actor, still coming into his own career, decided to take a moment to say some truly smart things about solid values at an event that many of us might blow off with scorn.
Good for him.