A friend recently tweeted out a video to Ashton Kutcher’s speech at the Teen Choice Awards 2013. He was awarded the Ultimate Teen Choice Award and as part of his acceptance speech, he gave 3 life lessons to teens out there (yes, I watched the whole video because it was that good).
I was nodding my head in agreement when I heard his 3 life lessons. Here they are:
Opportunity is hard work.
“I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job.”
And he didn’t always have glamorous jobs. He started doing carpentry work with his dad at 13, then on to washing dishes at a restaurant and then on to sweeping floors at a factory, etc. His point is that the job was never bigger than him and he saw each job as an opportunity for the next one.
Sexy is being smart, generous and thoughtful.
“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful and being generous; Everything else is crap, I promise you.”
Yes! This has always been a problem for young females. We are obsessed with who is on the cover of magazines and believe that to be wanted and loved, we have to look that way. If we want to continue to feel empty, then that is fine. But to feel wholesome and confident, we have to be smart, period.
Build a life, don’t live one.
“Everything around us that we call life was made by people that are no smarter than you are. You can build your own life that other people can live in.”
I think this lesson came from the inspiration of working on the new Steve Jobs movie that he will be starring in. Imagination is a wonderful gift that slowly gets smaller and smaller as we grow older because we try to conform to the world around us. I feel that it is my job as a parent to not let that happen to my kids.
Ashton is spot on. It’s easy for our youth to get obsessed with reality TV, leaving them to believe that we are entitled to glamorous lives without working hard. That isn’t reality and someone with a high profile like Ashton needs to tell them so. Kids need to understand that they have to work to get what they want.
Thanks (Chris) Ashton Kutcher.