It’s not often that we hear celebrities speaking in a candid manner and saying things to which we should actually pay attention.
When it happens, many of us may be a bit taken back at first – it’s difficult to know exactly how to respond in a scenario like that. Do we clap aggressively? Do we nod our approval? Do we call the speaker “clean and articulate” and hope it’s taken in the right way?
I will eschew all of these approaches and simply say that I agree with something that Ashton Kutcher has said.
Kutcher was recently honored on Nickelodeon’s Teen Choice Awards and he used the platform to send an important message to the millions of teenagers watching.
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work… When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And 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.”
Kutcher had me at “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” because I too believe this. We all know the gratification that comes through successfully completing a difficult or time-consuming chore. So often in life our greatest prospects arise after we’ve tackled what may have seemed like our toughest challenges. The story repeats itself in most everyone’s life.
This is the message we need to be delivering to our youth today. As children, we dream of accomplishing big things, we dream of conquering worlds. What we don’t envision is the grueling labor that has to take place to see those dreams achieved.
Ashton Kutcher (and all celebrities, really) is in a unique position of influence and so often they waste their influence on squeezing every dollar possible from their popularity. I applaud Kutcher for taking a moment to say something that will not make him more money, but that may very well teach some teenagers about the connections between hard work and success.
So congratulations Ashton Kutcher, I will now nod my head in approval of your message.
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