ashton kutcher - teen choice awards“Chris” Ashton Kutcher, best known as Kelso from “That ’70’s show” and the unlikeliest person one would think to provide refreshing wisdom in an inspiring speech at the Teen Choice Awards, told kids (and whoever else was listening) the three keys to life:

1. Find your opportunities

He got everyone’s attention by coming clean about his first name. It’s not Ashton, it’s Chris.When he was Chris, his first job was when he was 13 carrying shingles up to his dad’s roof. The next job involved washing dishes at a restaurant. Then it was in a grocery store deli. And then it was in a factory, sweeping off cheerio dust off the ground. And he never had a job where he was “better than.” Growing up, Ashton Kutcher always felt that he was “just lucky to have a job.” He worked hard and diligently from one job to the next job. He chased after opportunity it did not chase after him.Therefore, “opportunities look a lot like work”.

2. Always be sexy

According to Ashton, being really smart, surprisingly, is the sexiest thing in the world. So is being thoughtful and generous. Everything else is just crap, he promises, 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.

3. Building a life rather than living one

This was a lesson he just re-learned when playing Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs said “when you grow up you tend to get told that world is the way that it is. And that your life is to live your life inside the world and try to not to get into too much trouble, and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family. But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing: everything around us that we call “life” was made up by people no smarter than you. And you can build your own things. You can build your own life that other people can live in.” So, Ashton Kutcher added, build a life – don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities and always be sexy.

There is no doubt that the Jobs movie Ashton Kutcher played in (as Steve Jobs) had a profound influence on his life. It was Steve Jobs’ style to deliver speeches in segments of three. He also revealed a sense of depth and wisdom that can only come from having done many stupid things in life, which is something that both Steve Jobs and Ashton Kutcher have had in common. Also, the voice command he displayed on-screen had an uncanny resemblance to the way Steve Jobs controlled the stage.