Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chris Kutcher has a lot on the ball

I am SUPER excited to see the new movie about Steve Jobs.  Jobs looks like it may end up being a good one.  I thought the guy they chose to play Jobs was a good choice.  He had the look.  I didn't think much of him, personally.  I mean, all I really new about him was that he was Demi Moore's husband after she divorced Bruce Willis and she was 20 years older than him.  My intimate knowledge of Ashton Kutcher was pretty limited.  Oh yeah, I knew he played a kid on That 70's Show, but I really never watched the show. I think I saw him in a couple silly movies, but he didn't really impress me. Sure, he's a good looking guy, but who isn't a good looking guy in Hollywood.

And then I saw this.

Really, watch it.  It's not what you think.  It's thoughtful.  I hope more than a few young people in the audience heard him.

He told the audience, which consisted of teen pop stars and teen girls, and other teen people and teen aficionados, about the three most important things he learned before he changed his name from Chris to Ashton.  Before he became famous.  Before he became a celebrity. 

If I hadn't seen him interviewed on CNBC the other day, I wouldn't have thought he had this in him.  But I did see the CNBC interview and I did learn that Mr. Kutcher is a smart businessman.  Really, everything you need to know is on CNBC.  You should watch it some time.  It's really not boring.

Anyway...  This is the crux of what he said.

First, he learned that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.  He said he was never better than any job he ever had.  He began working with his dad at the age of 13 (probably the age of many members of the audience) by carrying shingle up on the roof.  Every job he ever had was a stepping stone to the next job and he never quit a job without having another job.  Yep, he said this in front of the world and all the entitled in it.  Opportunity looks a lot like hard work.

Secondly, he said, “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart.” As soon as he said the word "sexy" the crowd (teenage girls) went wild.  He told them that the world is telling you that you aren't smart.  The world is telling you that you need their product or their clothes or their perfume or their shoes to be sexy.  He told them not to buy into that "crap"!  He told them to Be Smart, Be Thoughtful, and Be Generous.  Oh, the world would be such a better place if people thought this way.  (sadly, he's in the business of selling sex to the masses.  I wonder how he puts this together in his mind?)

Finally, he told the crowd that something he learned while making the Steve Jobs film was that, “Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you.” He encouraged the kids to build their own life, not to just live a life.  Take charge of your own life, don't just follow the crowd.

If just one of these ideas sinks into the minds of any of the people that have heard this speech (and it's a whole lot, 'cause this video has gone viral) it will improve their lives.  I hope.  I pray.  We will see.

401.  Fall-like days in August
402.  A son that come over to visit while my husband is out of town
403.  Learning to be generous because I married a generous man
404.  Good books
405.  Buying a book that will allow 3 people in Africa to have clean drinking water
406.  Leftovers
407.  Enough work to help the day go by
408.  Freedom from a lingering migraine
409.  Finding my stride with my new boss


  1. def a great video...and he is vibing with the kids...he's cool...and its great to have those people saying things like this....

  2. I want to see the Steve Jobs movie. I'm a huge Apple fan.

  3. I loved this speech. If more Hollywood types would send GOOD messages like this, the world would be a better place. I didn't care much for Kutcher either, but my opinion of him has raised since this.


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