We need more people in Hollywood like Ashton Kutcher. People who aren’t afraid to speak the truth about the pathway to success and hard work. America’s youth looks up to those in Hollywood as role models from a very young age and see the glitz and glamorous lifestyle and want it as their own. Unfortunately, we live in an age where our youth have been taught to expect entitlement as a way of life and aren’t privy to what it takes to become personally successful.
The Two and A Half Men actor Ashton Kutcher took the stage at the Teen Choice Awards and surprised many with a passionate and genuine speech. Kutcher stated, “I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was just lucky to have a job. And every job that 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 looks a lot like hard work.” He continued, “The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart and being thoughtful and generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you.” He finished his speech with “Build a life, don’t live one. Build one.”
Ashton’s words were delivered on a platform that young people listened attentively and were eager to learn how he became the successful and famous actor that so many youngsters aspire to be. It is crucial that more people in public figure positions recognize the need to motivate and inspire America’s youth to work hard for what they want and realize that they are responsible for their own success. As Kutcher said, taking charge of your life, never being too good for a job, and being really smart is sexy.
Hollywood, I’m talking to you. Follow in Ashton’s footsteps and do some good with your fame. Help spread the message that hard work, a strong work ethic, and determination is what it takes to take charge of your life and create opportunities. Young Americans need to understand that you start at the bottom and work your way up the ladder. You don’t start at the top, but you work hard to get there.
It’s no secret that making such a speech is risky business in Hollywood. He didn’t have to deliver such an imperative challenge in his acceptance speech, but he did, and quite possibly changed the path of many young Americans. So to Ashton, thank you for having a backbone and speaking the truth, something our youth get so little of these days.
WATCH: Ashton Kutcher's Teen Choice Awards Speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNXwKGZHmDc
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Amber Barno is a writer and commentator. She is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information visit www.amberbarno.com and follow her on Twitter: @AmberBarno