This week Ashton Kutcher delivered an acceptance speech at the Teen Choice Awards. I wasn’t expecting to find my inspiration here, but I haven’t been able to let go of his three key ideas – particularly the third one. So here it is (paraphrased):
1. Seize opportunities. And opportunities usually look like work – hard work.
2. Be sexy – and there is nothing sexier than being smart, being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap.
3. Build a life – don’t live a life. Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than us. You can build your own things and you can build your own life.
The third point is the one that strikes me the most at this time, particularly in light of my earlier post here
We don’t have to follow the proscribed path – but it takes most of us a lifetime to wake up and realize this. Ashton Kutcher just completed the biopic on Steve Jobs and he credited that work with reminding him of his third tenet. Steve Jobs himself summed it up very well in his commencement speech at Stanford. He said,
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.
Read more about Ashton’s speech on the Business Insider
Watch the complete commencement speech by Steve Jobs via NPR