Work hard, be “sexy,” and build your life

It may not have been the ideal platform and screaming teenage girls may not have been the most receptive audience, but Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards was refreshingly honest and motivational. After revealing that Ashton is, in fact, his middle name, he went on to explain the three things he learned before he became an actor, back when he was just Chris:

1. “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. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”

2. “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.”

3. “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 that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy.”

For those of us who didn’t watch the awards live, the clip has since gone viral and people are praising Kutcher for his positive message toward teens. Looks like the actor gained some valuable knowledge and fresh perspective during his journey to portray the iconic visionary Steve Jobs—the third is actually based on a quote from the movie.

Jobs opens in theaters today. Is anyone going to see it?

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