Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are. ~Niccolò Machiavelli
You know I saw this video posted, over and over again on Facebook. I will admit I did watch it a few times, just being so surprised by the content, and more surprised by the commentator. Yes it was Ashton Kutcher, correction Chris.
It seemed like he was waiting to give this speak, waiting for the perfect time, waiting for the most influential audience, the Teen Choice Awards. Yes the teens. It’s like he specifically and methodically chose his audience. Wise move on his end!
But what really made me watch and listen to his carefully chosen words, was the content, the real guts of his speech. He purposefully chose phrases to capture everyone’s attention, yet turned those preconceived catchphrases, those arresting words into his own to really drive his point home.
Never disliking, nor never really being a huge fan of Mr. Kutcher’s, (expect I loved Punked) I would have never listened heard about his speech if it were not for friends of mine who were impressed with the actors message. The message of hard work, using your head and living life to the fullest. Pretty heavy topics, especially for an acceptance speech. Kudos to Ashton for taking a stand and caring about the youth of America!
What really makes his communication impactful, is that it came from him. The movie star him who is normally a silly goofy type of guy that seems to be a screw around and not to be taken seriously. In all reality I bet he has worked hard and recognizes it. He seems to appreciate good old fashioned blood, sweat and tears, especially when others do the same.
Going back to his message, and rolling it over again and again in my head, I wonder, what sparked this on? Then to take it a step further, did he really write that speech? I’m not saying he’s an idiot, because on the contrary I think he’s anything but. However, it just seemed a bit heavy for him.
Although, I do truly believe he was sincere in what he was saying. I do believe Ashton has a big heart and is a hard worker. Not that I have anything to go off of, I mean I’ve never met the man, I’ve never even seen him in person and I’ve never really followed any of his interviews. Yet, I do believe he meant those words wholeheartedly. I do believe he is humble inside and he has a strong work ethic. I do sincerely believe he is a good person. Despite any of his public issues. Of course, I believe some things are private and should be handled as such, but I guess the media doesn’t listen to me.
Wonder if making the movie Jobs opened the actors eyes? Learning about Steve Jobs and acting his role, I’m sure was quite an experience for the actor. Even though playing roles for the big screen, I still think actors personally change with each movie. I’m sure they learn new ways of thinking and realities that are quite the opposite of their own, at least the good ones do, and they see life differently. Who knows maybe it was totally unrelated, something someone said to him. I’m sure I’ll never really get my answer, unless Ashton Kutcher shows up on my doorstep to chit chat over tea or a beer or something. Maybe it’s personal to him? And therefore really none of my business. But regardless, I’m still curious.
Maybe I’m just taking this to heart because he spoke words that I have always believed in and lived by. Anyone who really knows me, knows I’m a silly, off the wall, hyperactive artsy type. It’s true, yet I’m also a very hard working, putting myself through college, twice, and working three jobs at one time in my younger days; and I’m a structured driven entrepreneur. I come from a family of blue collared, physically demanding hard workers. Even to this day, I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, literally, I help my dad chop and stack wood every year. Getting dirty and breaking a sweat in places other than a gym to accomplish a job is no big deal to me. In fact, I appreciate it. The opportunity to build character and have a sense of accomplishment. Something I’m trying to instill in Kyle.
Trying not to look the gift horse in the mouth, I plan on showing Kyle this video. It may or it may not mean anything to him, but it never hurts to use a good example when it presents itself. I will say this with all sincerity, Kyle already knows a great brain and mind is what it takes to rule the world. I never had to tell him, he just always knew.
The Steve Jobs movie looks really good and I can’t wait to see it. I hope it truly portrays our recently deceased Apple genius. Reading a few books on the innovator, I am curious what they will bring to light and what will be hidden to those who don’t care, or don’t care to really read about such a unique and troubled man.
Well done Ashton, well done! Take the time to see the clip for yourself and really hear what he has to say. You’ll be impressed!
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