A Post About Ashton Kutcher?

20130814-105013If you told me 4 years ago that I would post a blog entry about Ashton Kutcher, I would have said, “That’s random. Who are you?” (Because I probably didn’t know you then. I probably don’t even know you now.)

Yet here I am.

Do you ever find yourself clicking one link after another online until you get to something that has nothing to do with the original search? That’s what happened with this Ashton Kutcher thing. I literally can’t remember the original search, but it was probably something involving yoga pants or cats. It really doesn’t matter at this point.

What matters is that I found this random Ashton Kutcher video that apparently went somewhat viral a few months ago, and it was actually quite thought provoking. You can watch it here before I comment on it if you’d like.

The gist of the video is that Kutcher uses the platform of the Teen Choice Awards (which apparently is a thing) to impart three lessons upon the youth in the audience (from the sound of it, mostly 13-year-old girls and the cast of The Big Bang Theory):

  1. Opportunities look a lot like work–no job is beneath you. The only thing
  2. The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart, thoughtful, and generous.
  3. Build your own life, don’t just occupy other lives.

It’s the first and third points that got the most attention. Kutcher later said that he worries about the culture of fame that’s propagated by Hollywood and reality TV–he sees young people who aspire to be famous instead of aspiring to work hard and build something new and unique.

I think he makes some great points, and I applaud him for doing so on a platform that probably isn’t ever used for that kind of advice. However, disconcertingly and ironically, listen to the audience’s response, especially as Kutcher is ramping up to his key points. There is a neverending chorus of “woooooos” and catcalls and “we love you Ashton!” It’s hard to watch this guy try to give an insightful speech to an audience that…well, I’ll just say it: They sound like idiots.

His second point hit home with me personally, because that’s exactly how I want to run and grow my business. I want to run a thoughtful, generous, smart business, and I want to support businesses that aspire to do the same. It was great to hear someone as successful as Kutcher affirm that.

If you watch the video, I’d love to hear your thoughts.