If any of you saw the Teen Choice Awards a couple of months back, you’ll know exactly what this is about. And you’ll also know it’s all stuff worth repeating too as Mr. “Chris” Ashton Kutcher drops some incredibly wise words on making it far in life.
I know you don’t believe me, but it’s true:
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I honestly got goose bumps watching it the first time around :) And it ain’t so bad the other 5 times either when needing to pause and jot down notes for y’all, haha…
Here are Ashton’s three major tips:
1. Find your opportunities
He had his 1st job at 13 carrying shingles up the roof for his dad, and then later washing dishes at a restaurant, working at a grocery store deli, and even sweeping dust off the warehouse floor of what sounded like a Cheerios maker? Haha… All stuff which would completely fit in with my own list of random jobs throughout my lifetimes so far ;)
But the point is, he worked his ass off no matter what position he had, and states he “never had a job that he was better than.” A damn important thing for a teeny bopper to hear in the audience, and even a finance blogger like yours truly. And believe me, I’m not the only one who’s passing this around in our little PF world here. I first saw it in a tweet by Brave New Life, and then again over the weekend while reading an article by The Art of Being Cheap. I just happen to be SUPER late to the Ashton-loving party, haha…
He also points out that he’s never quit a job unless a new one was already lined up. Something we all know about in theory, but which we fail to act on at times. So for sharing that, I give him mad respect.
2. Always be sexy
But not in the way you think ;) His delivery of this is pretty bad ass:
“The sexiest thing in the entire world (pause, pause, crowd goes wild, pause, pause) is being REALLY smart. And being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is CRAP – I promise you.”
Now of course being sexy on TOP of being smart is just extra money in the bank, but you get the point. Brains is were it really counts, and it helps hearing it from someone, again, that many many people look up to. Or even down to, like I may or may not have done when wrongly assuming he was just another pretty face in show biz ;)
3. Build your life, don’t live one
This last piece of advice comes from some words he learned while playing the late Steve Jobs for that new movie of his that recently came out. Which he summarizes as:
“Everything around us – that we call life – was made up by people that were no smarter than you.”
Meaning to go out there and do your *OWN* thing and build your own life for other people to live in – you don’t have to stick with the status quo and do whatever you believe you *have* to do because everyone else is doing it too.
That was my favorite part of the whole speech :) And a great place to drop the mic and leave everyone incredibly motivated… I now know why he gets so many great acting gigs! Haha…
So there you have it. Work hard and get “lucky” with your opportunities, continue to learn and become smarter, and build your own life regardless of what everyone else is doing.
Great, great stuff… I am officially a Chris Kutcher fan ;)
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