There were some really amazing things that 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…
First: opportunity. I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work…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. So opportunities look a lot like work.
Number two: being sexy. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful. And being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it. Be smart, be thoughtful, and be generous.
The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said 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 and that is 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 thing, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life— don’t live one, build one— find your opportunity, and always be sexy.
– Ashton Kutcher
This speech was given in front of a crowd of teenagers and celebrities at the Teen Choice Awards tonight. I think that not only is it so apropos for teenagers, but it is actually relevant to everyone that was sitting in that audience and watching the show on TV.
Hell, it’s relevant for anyone.