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Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher is the latest celebrity to have an extremely powerful and motivating message for young people: Opportunities look a lot like hard work.
Kutcher revealed that his real first name is “Chris,” and his middle name is Ashton, before giving an inspiring speech about persistence, hard work, and how the sexiest thing a person can do is be smart, thoughtful and generous.
“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher told the teen audience. “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.”
Kutcher proceeded to explain his attitude towards work. “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.”
As if to specifically speak the language of his audience, Kutcher praised intelligence as the hallmark of sexiness. “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart,” he said to the cheering crowd. “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.”
“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you,” Kutcher closed. “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.”
The viral video posted by The Blaze had 2.6 million views before it was removed by YouTube on the dubious grounds that it represented ‘spams, scams and commercially deceptive content.’ The IJReview audience can decide if the Ashton Kutcher video has been CGI’d like a James Cameron film.
This was bound to happen: the values of hard work and opportunity that made America great will eventually become cool again. That’s because they are part of a counter-culture message that resonates with people whose potential is being limited by the state.