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Ashton Kutcher's Profound Speech To Kids

Thursday, August 15, 2013

WOW! I don't know a lot about Ashton Kutcher. I know he's Hollywood. I know he was married to Demi Moore. I know he's a Democrat. He was on the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night and he had a message our youth (and WE) needed to hear. Great stuff that this person who has a great work ethic AND is a Hollywood "idol" speaks....

All I know is that what he said is right on. All I know is that what he said is exactly what young people in this country need to hear.

So below I'm going to share a transcript and I'm not even going to say who it is "speaking" so there are no close minds k? Open minds and hearts for this one. It's a great message Ashton spoke. His award was for his portrayal of Steve Jobs in a new movie.


What he said at the Teen Choice Awards is not being said to kids. Again, I'm gonna hold out the possibility that some of their parents do tell them this traditional message, but in the pop culture media they don't hear this message. Hell, they're all depressed. There is a fog of depression, fog bank, fog just rolled all over this country. There's pessimism, particularly among young people, and it's because they do not think there's any prosperity left for them, they don't think there's any stuff left for them. They don't think there's any money to be earned; it's all gone. Their parents or grandparents' generation were the last ones that really had it made. And they're certainly not hearing this kind of message from anybody in politics that they vote for.

They're not hearing it from Obama. They're not hearing it from any Democrat. They're not hearing a can-do. They're not hearing America is great. They're not hearing about American exceptionalism. They're not hearing anything about opportunity equals hard work. They're not hearing the message that hard work pays off. They're not hearing the message that having a job is a great way to become successful and prosperous. They're not hearing about how one job's a steppingstone to another job, where you climb, they're not hearing this, folks. They are not hearing this. Admit it; this is one of the things that has been quietly eating away at all of us. All the things that we were raised by, all the things we were raised with growing up, they have vanished, they're laughed at, mocked, and made fun of because it's not possible anymore.

He also said he never quit one job until the next one was lined up. He said that there was no job that was beneath him. He didn't say it that way. What he said was, "I never had a job in my life that I was better than." What he's saying is, there was no work that was beneath him. Now, I'm telling you -- and I don't want to make too big a deal out of any one of these elements, and I'm not sitting here predicting that there's an undercurrent of anything effervescing, ready to boil over, but I am telling you that there are some things happening that haven't been.

Oliver Stone calling Obama a snake; I mean, that's a major thing. Bono ripping into charity as -- not ripping into it, but properly saying aid isn't going to make anybody prosperous. Philanthropy, charity, welfare is not the answer. Entrepreneurial, capitalism is the answer. Bono. I mean, these are people whose audiences, whose customers are the low-information people, the pessimistic, the young 24-year-olds who are scared by me, the 24-year-old women that are frightened by me. I mean, even some of the Millennials that we've been speaking about recently, the Millennials are just overwhelmed with negativism.

Now, I think one of the possibilities where Kushton may have picked this up, if it's not something he extrinsically believed, and I don't know that to be the case, I just don't know him. This could be his belief system for all of his life. I do know that most actors are obsessed with working, because most actors do not have steady work, and they love it. I mean, they love their job. Acting, their egos are such, they like working. And so they're always trying to find the next gig, because most actors don't make a lot of money, and most of them don't have steady work. So he could have held this belief system for a long time. But this next sound bite is Steve Jobs. And this is how he finished in his remarks Sunday night. He was receiving the Ultimate Choice Award at the Teen Choice Awards.

KUTCHER: 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.

PERSON I WANT TO REMAIN ANONYMOUS: And he pointed at his head when he said, "Always be sexy." Not below his waist. He pointed at his head. He said earlier, intelligence is what's really sexy. Being smart, being intelligent, is sexy. Now, this last sound bite, one of the reasons I think that there's a tremendous Steve Jobs influence in this is because that last sound bite is Steve Jobs. That's practically a direct quote from Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs wrote and spoke often about being young, growing up, and entering the adult world. He's a little bit of a rebel now and then. And he looked at what life was.

He saw a lot of formulas, and people were living formulas and plugging themselves into formulas, and then trying to climb the ladders that existed in the various formulas. And he questioned it. And he questioned the assumption that everybody was smarter than he was, particularly older people and more successful people he claimed were smarter than he was. He said, I don't want to look at life that way. People are not necessarily smarter than you. He told graduates at Stanford this. Don't assume that everybody's smarter than you are. Most people do that. Most people assume that other people are hipper, have it together more, smarter, and Jobs was obsessed with persuading people and believing it himself, that nobody out there is any smarter than you, and it's wrong to think of yourself that way.

It's wrong to go through life subordinating yourself to others because it's either the polite thing to do or it's the proper thing to do for somebody inexperienced. Don't look at yourself that way. You only got one life. Make it what you want to be. Don't plug yourself into the formulas. One of the age-old formulas -- when I bought my first house, Sacramento, the guy, the real estate agent said, "Well, don't worry about it, they don't let you make any money in this country 'til you're 40, anyway." Well, that's a formula. And it used to be the case. You could track it. People had to become that age before they were gonna be trusted by employers with serious jobs, serious compensation. It's just the way it was. But it was a formula. And Jobs was always opining against this. Make your own life; write your own formula. Don't assume everybody's smarter than you are. They're not. The world's made up of people just like you. In fact, you're probably smarter than a lot of the other people.

Do not put yourself down, was the message. Do not rest on the realization that you can't make it because there are other people smarter than you. That's a cop-out, it's an excuse, and don't do it. Don't assume anything, particularly that you're not as smart as other people, that you're not as creative, that you're not as valid. And that's really what Jobs was talking about. Don't question your own worth. Don't question your own validity because of the formulas that society or life has built. This was not a political thing with him. With Jobs it was simply the way life was structured, and he didn't want to be in a structured life that others had written. He wanted to write his own. Now, that quote from Kutcher, I am dead certain that comes from what he learned about Jobs playing this role. To the extent that the other stuff he believes, I'm not gonna question it; he probably does. But the point is, again, that it -- well, it's important because the people that he said this to -- really, one of the things that's been eating away and bothering me is there hasn't been this kind of can-do spirit in this country. I mean, outside of this program.

I'm talking about where these kids are. They're going to school, the music they're listening to, the movies and TV shows they're watching, the stuff going back and forth on Twitter. For God's sake, wherever there are liberals, it's nothing but fatalism. It's nothing but doom and gloom. It's nothing but the world is screwing everybody. It's nothing but pain and suffering and lost opportunity and no hope, and so that's why you have to let somebody like Obama or some other Democrat or a government take care of you, because there isn't any hope for you. The Democrat Party and liberals in general have built this belief system that is rooted in and based on contempt for average people and the belief that average people can't do anything on their own.

I don't know to what extent Ashton Kutcher is a role model to the audience that he has, but I'll guarantee you that what he had to say on Sunday night, now repeated here on the EIB Network, what he had to say are things that the people who heard him say it do not hear it, are not hearing it. At least they're not hearing from people they trust or believe. But I don't think they're hearing it. And I know they're being bombarded with the opposite.

He led into that last quote by saying, "The third thing is something that I just relearned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs." That last sound bite is Steve Jobs. By the way, it is great advice. Don't assume you're not valid because you think people have done more than you. Don't assume you're not valid or qualified because other people are older and more experienced, and don't assume people are smarter than you are, and don't fall prey to the structure that other people have made for you. Build a life, don't live it. And it's something he fervently believed, and he did.

Now, it's not something everybody's gonna be able to do, but it doesn't matter. The inspiration, the motivation, the idea that it can happen is what inpsires people to start dreaming about. Let's face it, folks, this is one of the many things that has been missing in this country for four and a half years.

PERSON I WANT TO BE ANONYMOUS: I want to go back to sound bite one because what's happening, the audio sound bite we have is a clip that's been edited by the Drive-By Media, and Ashton Kutcher actually was a little bit more detailed. So here's sound bite one again, and I'll tell you what was left out of this. It's important.

KUTCHER: 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 steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.

ANONYMOUS PERSON: Now, that clip, obviously, would make you think he's talking about acting jobs. What was edited out of that was that he described the first jobs he had. He helped his dad carry shingles to the roof. He washed dishes at a restaurant. He worked in a grocery store deli. He swept up factory floors. He mentioned all these things. They just cut that out, whoever we got the bite from edited all that out. This is what he was talking about, and he listed these jobs as jobs that he did not think he was better than. He never had a job he thought he was better than, and he mentioned these things that you didn't hear on the bite. Carry shingles to the roof, wash dishes at a restaurant, working at a grocery store deli, and sweeping a factory. The full quote was found on Business Insider.

Now, Steve Jobs' version of what Kutcher said in the last sound bite was this: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma -- which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice." Don't let other people talk you out of believing in yourself. Don't let other people talk you out of believing that what you want to do is valid and good and worthwhile. Don't let other people's structure and formula make you feel second-rate or inconsequential. "And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary."

He said just have the courage, believe and think for yourself, live for yourself. And he's also saying something there that is really true. Your heart will never lie to you. Your head will all day long, but your heart won't. Steve Jobs said that when you grow up, you tend to get told the world's the way it is and that your life has to be lived inside that world. Try not to get into too much trouble. Get an education, get a job, make some money, have a family, but don't make waves. And Jobs said, to hell with that. Make waves. Everybody else made waves. Change the world.

He was totally opposed to self-confinement. He realized that most of the limitations that people faced were self-imposed, and that's what he was at that Stanford commencement speech trying to get across. Don't put limits on yourself. Everybody else is gonna be trying to do that. Don't let them. Anyway, I'm pleased, I'm happy that this kind of message was heard for what it is, not making it more than it is or was, but I did want to share it with you.


ANONYMOUS: I tell you, there's a sad reality. It's not just the Democrats on the left that are pessimistic and do not ever have an optimistic can-do message. There aren't very many Republicans that do, either. Which is another, I mean, gigantic blown opportunity, if you ask me.

ANONYMOUS: I've got the full Ashton Kutcher sound bite in which he describes these jobs that not one of which he felt was beneath him. Now, again, you might think I'm making too much of this, and I might be. I have been profoundly distressed, privately, with all the pessimism in this country. You know, I've been blessed. I've had so many wonderful things happen to me. Admittedly, I've made some of those happen. But I really believe if I can, anybody can, and the idea that this country's over in that regard just offends me as much as anything being said by the fatalists and the doomsdayers. But they're poisoning the minds of young people who are going to determine the kind of country this is.

Their minds are being polluted, perverted, and poisoned with nothing but negativism and pessimism, which is easy. It's easy to be depressed. It's easy to be fatalistic and down in the dumps. And it's easy to take refuge in the fact that you have no confidence, that other people are better than you are. And this pessimism is being taught, it's being ingrained in people during the formative years of their education. And what that means is, this country is being lied about to these people. Young people are being told lies and falsehoods about the absolute unique, wonderful, great, God-given opportunity to live in this country and be an American, and it just irritates me beyond my ability to express it.

So when an actor of an age that is similar to the people we're talking about articulates what you and I not only believe, but know to be true, I'm curious. Now, again, I don't know Ashton Kutcher, and I've never heard him opine on anything before, so I'm not trying to impugn at all. I'm actually trying to thank him and hope this keeps up. I know he's a Democrat. As an actor, I know that he likes jobs, he likes working. That's one thing, actors do like work because it isn't steady, and most of the people do it because they love it and they want to do it. But I also know many actors and actresses become the people they portray.

How many instances are there of say Jessica Lange testifying before Congress on agriculture problems because she played a farm wife in a movie about the Dust Bowl? Now, Hollywood senators bring her up as an expert 'cause they want to meet actresses, too. So it's entirely possible that Kutcher, exposed to Steve Jobs, playing the role of Jobs in this movie, had to absorb some of this. Maybe this is who he is. I'm not, again, impugning. But I do think that this is important. And it's one of a series of little things happening out there that have not been happening in the past four and a half years that could signal a turn around of some kind.

Now, here's the full quote. This is where he mentions the jobs. The quote that I played, the previous sound bite made it sound like he was just talking about there wasn't an acting job that he's had that he thought he was better than, but here he details the kind of work that he's had and what he's talking about.

KUTCHER: 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 in 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 steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.

ANONYMOUS: So you can say what you want, but here's a man, most of his fans think he was born on the red carpet. They think he was born married to Demi Moore. They think he was born on Two and a Half Men. And they're finding out something entirely different, and it's completely opposite to what they're being taught elsewhere. So kudos to Ashton Kutcher. I'm sure by the time he hears about this I will be the devil incarnate, but regardless, kudos to him. Again, it was Sunday night at the Teen Choice Awards.

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    I am glad you shared this!! What a great speech. I sure hope that through all their screaming and hollering at him as a "teen idol" some of them were able to understand and take his message to heart.

    1681 days ago
    A lot to digest so will have to look @ it again, but for sure, messages that our young people DEFINITELY need to hear!~
    1712 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Thank you for sharing this. I have to agree with what Kutcher said and most of what the anonymous person said too. There is a lot of negativism in this country. There is opportunity out there too. You have to look for it and work for it.

    (PS) I know who anonymous is. But it is totally worth repeating.
    1712 days ago
    LOVE this!! If we can get this message out, maybe we can turn things around in this country. Opportunities ARE out there - but he said it SO RIGHT - they look a lot like work!! There ARE still jobs out there for dependable employees with a good work ethic and desire to learn and progress.

    I heard a Zig Ziglar audio long ago that said if you are in the top 10% of people who do what you do you will NEVER be without a job and you WILL progress in your field. And you know what? Its NOT THAT HARD to be in the top 10%. Because most people just don't want to work that hard. ok - stepping off my soapbox - but this was GOOD STUFF!!
    1712 days ago
    I love this message. I think it can be used in a lot of different areas as well.
    1712 days ago
    Wonderful message. Thoughtful and hopeful and real. Sometimes we forget to give that to our children. Thank you.
    1712 days ago
    *Loved* the clip by Ashton Kutcher. Well said, on all three parts of his speech.

    While I agree with the anonymous reviewer that there's a *lot* of negativism right now in our society--and it's not just limited to the young! I know people my age (mid 30's) and 10, 15, 20 years older than me who are struggling in this economy and disheartened and depressed and some close to giving up--I don't agree that it's the liberals being negative. Or at least not all liberals, nor do I think that this negativity is limited to liberals (believe me, I know some conservatives who are pretty negative too, especially since Obama was elected the second time).

    I consider myself a liberal. Face it, I *am* pretty liberal, though I also believe in fiscal responsibility (something both liberals and conservatives seem to have overlooked lately, sigh). I am a firm believer in social safety nets, social responsibility, and frankly believe that we ALL benefit from this. I don't see this in any way being negative, however. I'm told I'm generally a pretty optimistic person, at least! I see things as ways to help keep our society strong by helping us stay healthy and get back on our feet faster. Downward spirals are not inevitable.

    I am a believer in hard work. I paid for my undergrad out of pocket and scholarships--no loans. I worked my way through. I got a fellowship for grad school (and later my husband paid the rest), but I also worked. Hard. Long, brutal hours. I'm a believer in being as smart as I can--and as caring and generous as I can. I am doing my best to redefine my life to be what *I* want it to be.

    Am I discouraged at times? Definitely. I just spent over a decade preparing for a job that is rapidly disappearing, after all... leaving me uncertain to say the least of where I'm going next. But I'm also doing my best to keep an open mind--I don't have to go into teaching, after all. I just like teaching. I also like writing. And research. And I care about access to health resources--namely water and health care.

    Anyway, interesting food for thought.
    1712 days ago
  • DAS92687
    Hey, I just played the video and I sooo agree that this message does not seem to be out there for so many late teens and twenty-somethings. Great stuff !!
    1712 days ago
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