Anyone know where I can sign-up to become a member of the “Ashton Kutcher Fan Club“? You may think I’m getting desperate for blog material if I’m writing about Ashton (who’s real first name is actually “Chris”) but read on and you may want to join his fan club too.
Earlier this month Ashton won an award at the Teen Choice Awards. No surprise. The audience went bananas. No surprise. He came out looking cool and was very casually dressed. No surprise. His speech was short. No surprise. The three keys that shared that helped him succeed in life… I WAS SHOCKED. Call me cynical for being surprised. But I wasn’t the only one. Conservative commentators across the media were pleasantly surprised by his honest down to earth advice.
In brief, here is what he said: 1. Opportunity looks a lot like working hard. I loved his humility when he said, “And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than” 2. Being Sexy: is being smart, thoughtful and generous. About being sexy he went on to say, ” Everything else is crap! I promise you! It’s just crap that people try to sell to you”. 3. “build your own life that other people can live in”. In his new movie where he plays the role of Steve Jobs, learning about Mr. Jobs reminded him to live outside the box, not to be constrained by what others tell you life ought be about.
Jesus was great at taking framiliar ideas people had about life and helped people see those things in a different light. Read Matthew 5-7 and notice what he does with subjects like: Murder, Adultery & Worry. He helps people see a deeper reality in each one. In a way thats what Ashton did. He took the ideas that are commonly held about: Opportunity, Being Sexy & Life and pointed out to a young impressionable crowd that those words have a much deeper meaning than I’m sure the crowd (and I) assumed he held for them. Now I’m not comparing Ashton to Jesus, BUT he reminded me that I should be doing the same thing. Helping people see the deeper things that God made life to be rather than what we often see them to be.
Here are links to the speech and few reactions to it.
A video of the speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alu4BMJ0kMY
Two comentators reaction to it: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2013/08/14/ashton_kutcher_s_profound_speech_to_kids