Ashton Kutcher on opportunities

July 24th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Not seen this before but a great speech by at the Teen Choice Awards last year. School principals should read these words out at school assemblies. The key part:

I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with my Dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job, and every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.

I so absolutely subscribe to that. I’ve appreciated all my . I was a paper boy. I worked in a dairy. I swept floors and emptied bins at Woolworths. I worked on a till. I was a receptionist at a medical centre. I was a kitchen hand. I was a secretary to a group of psychologists. I helped at specimen reception in a medical lab. I was an administrative assistant. Every job has been appreciated, and was an opportunity.

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30 Responses to “Ashton Kutcher on opportunities”

  1. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “I so absolutely subscribe to that. I’ve appreciated all my jobs. I was a paper boy. I worked in a dairy. I swept floors and emptied bins at Woolworths. I worked on a till. I was a receptionist at a medical centre. I was a kitchen hand. I was a secretary to a group of psychologists. I helped at specimen reception in a medical lab. I was an administrative assistant. Every job has been appreciated, and was an opportunity.”

    So you’ve never had a proper job then?

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  2. dime (10,101 comments) says:

    Nice.

    Even though this guy comes across as a snapperhead most of the time, hes a smart investor. rich dude.

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  3. mandk (1,017 comments) says:

    @ jackinabox

    You must be one of those heroes of the proletariat who think it’s only a proper job if it’s manual, hot, noisy, dirty and dangerous.

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  4. ROJ (121 comments) says:

    Early work days provided a mate and I some light relief while working on a building project, waiting for the dreaded inspectors.

    We discovered we’d each had a stint stirring shit! (Literally)

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  5. Longknives (4,868 comments) says:

    “Even though this guy comes across as a snapperhead most of the time, hes a smart investor. rich dude”

    Not to mention Mila Kunis…

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  6. ShawnLH (5,732 comments) says:

    When I first saw him on ‘That 70’s Show’ I dismissed him as a pretty boy airhead, but when I first saw this speech I was very impressed, and he’s saying something that a lot of “youth” today need to hear and don’t seem to understand.

    Anyone who has employed or worked with a person straight out of high school knows what I mean.

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  7. Longknives (4,868 comments) says:

    Gene Simmons is cooler

    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/gene-simmons-tells-poor-people-they-owe-rich-epic-rant-1457591

    Geno makes no apologies for being a member of the hated “1%”.
    He came from a dirt-poor immigrant family (Mother was a concentration camp survivor) made it big and now he pays millions in tax and employs hundreds of people..
    You wanted the best you got the best!

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  8. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (894 comments) says:

    “I have a job. I sit around and do not do anything. I expect the rich pricks to support me. Tax and spend” – Typical Labour/Green/Mana/Internet voter.

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  9. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “@ jackinabox

    You must be one of those heroes of the proletariat who think it’s only a proper job if it’s manual, hot, noisy, dirty and dangerous.”

    You’ve got my number mandk. lol

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  10. duggledog (1,587 comments) says:

    Respect, Ashton. So true. I have had a couple of utterly shit jobs, but they taught me so many things. I had a fair idea that I would not be doing one particular job forever, but for some of the folks who were there, god bless ‘em, this was it. And you know what, they were really happy. They just wanted security and a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

    Employment is like school, it teaches you more things than you think and you don’t realise what they are until later. I have been ripped off, fired, overlooked for promotion, you name it but it’s all good, I’ve learned from each and every experience. Life is work, and work is life. Ultimately, if you like what you do (and I do) why would you retire?

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  11. jackinabox (776 comments) says:

    “Life is work, and work is life.”

    Hence the preponderance of 66/67 year old males in the cemetery.

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  12. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    “Hence the preponderance of 66/67 year old males in the cemetery.”

    Bullshit.
    I’m 72. Last year I completely replaced my own roof – old roof was terracotta tiles. Up and down the ladder, three tiles at a time off. Replaced rotten rafters, laid plywood on the roof and fitted American shingles – 30 degree pitch roof. Did it piecemeal due to possible bad weather, and it took me three months on my own. I know a lot of guys like me.

    Its just work ethic – paper boy at 10 – got the sack because I was playing marbles on my rounds and late with delivery :-)

    Worked for my dad in his joinery factory sweeping floors and cleaning up rubbish, after school.
    High School, at 14 worked as a fleeco in shearing sheds every holidays – gotpaid a man’s wages.

    And so it goes. Hard work never killed anyone – it keeps you fit and helps prevent fat arses and heart attacks.

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  13. big bruv (14,147 comments) says:

    Imagine if Phool watched that clip.

    “I believe that contributing to society looks a lot like hard work.”

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  14. big bruv (14,147 comments) says:

    Don

    “I’m 72. Last year I completely replaced my own roof ”

    I only have one question.

    Why???? :)

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  15. hj (7,063 comments) says:

    Tonight, a pumped de Roos tells his audience that he wants people to invest in property and write to him 12 months down the track and tell him they’ve “made one million or three million, or you’ve got 16 properties, or we’re taking six months off because our cash flow now exceeds our outflow!” He says, “I don’t know any other activity where the rewards are so huge. If you want to invest a million dollars in the sharemarket, you need a million dollars. If you want to invest a million in real estate, you only need $100,000.”

    You can buy one property, get it revalued, use the equity to buy another property and then buy another and another. “And you do it all with OPM. Other people’s money. OPM. It’s like being high on drugs!” What’s more, the wonder of depreciation claims on the building and contents means “the government subsidises your investment! It’s delightful!”

    House of the Rising Sum
    (or Fuck I worked Hard)
    Pamela Stirling Listner

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  16. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    BB.

    Because the old roof was rooted, and couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do it.

    Back in the late 70’s – 80’s i did roof contracting for a few years. Even when I was building up until a couple of years ago i would do my own roofs – if they were easy ones. :-)

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  17. duggledog (1,587 comments) says:

    Jackinabox

    I reckon the day you retire it’s all down hill from there. Japs run rings around the average kiwi when it comes to work and they live longer than Methuselah!

    Big bruv – I can tell you why Don replaced his roof – cos he could!

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  18. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Haven’t you got a wife that could have done the roof for you Don?

    Bad retirement planning! :)

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  19. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    JB

    Yeah, but you know women mate – never stop talking long enough.

    I actaully have a photo of my wife with her mouth closed – took a .004 second shutter speed though. :-)

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  20. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Send it to me Don I’d love to see her.

    I’ll get one of missus JB to send you once she’s finished concreting the drive! :)

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  21. big bruv (14,147 comments) says:

    Don

    “Because the old roof was rooted, and couldn’t afford to pay someone else to do it.”

    Fair answer. However, I hope you don’t mind me saying this but your neighbours suck. Had I seen a man of your age (and I am not doubting your health or fitness) doing a job like that on your own I would have been straight over the road to give you a hand.

    That is what used to happen in this country, not sure that it does so much these days.

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  22. Sponge (227 comments) says:

    I reckon the day you retire it’s all down hill from there. Japs run rings around the average kiwi when it comes to work and they live longer than Methuselah!

    Too bloody right. Hell, I reckon I would be dead within a couple of years of retiring. I can cope with about a month a year on holiday but no more.

    I started at 11 delivering prescriptions from the local chemist (I doubt that job exists for kids anymore), moved on to working at a car wash (where Riccarton McDonalds is now) then on to working in a sawmill (where the union rep kept telling me to stop working so hard as it made others look bad).

    I simply cannot imagine how I would fill my day without something to strive or aim for.

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  23. Sponge (227 comments) says:

    That is what used to happen in this country, not sure that it does so much these days.

    It does within sight of my house and I am pleased it does within sight of yours.

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  24. eszett (2,426 comments) says:

    I helped at specimen reception in a medical lab

    Not at a sperm bank by any chance? ;-)

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  25. Don the Kiwi (1,794 comments) says:

    BB

    My neighbour on one side is an eighty y/o – just lost his wife a few months back – great guy, ex electrician.

    As I am retired (mostly) I did the work during the week when I wasn’t doing other odd jobs, that I still do, so the younger neighbours were working at their day jobs – and I worked about a 6 hr. day – good things take time, doncha know ;-)

    Appreciate your thoughts, and agree about the older days – sadly times have changed somewhat.

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  26. infused (660 comments) says:

    It’s pretty wrong actually.

    A good work ethic is always good. But working hard doesn’t get you money/fame/happiness all the time. As someone who has a lot of money, and lives a rather easy life (after working my ass off), I can honestly say it’s been the simple things, with less money, and be yourself.

    That’s made me happy.

    If I could do it all again, I’d make different choices.

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  27. infused (660 comments) says:

    Just to add. Stress is one of the biggest killers today, if not the biggest. I think it’s because of wisdom like this. Everyone’s chasing that dollar.

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  28. Martin Gibson (247 comments) says:

    Yeah I loved that speech too and wish it were required viewing at school. I grew up with farmers as role models and never thought of soft-handed men in suits as real men. Even though I went to work in a suit for seven years for a multinational I could never join all the beta males who were willing to put their ambition ahead of their morality in the hope of being alphas. It didn’t help that I am naturally a large alpha so was not driven by those insecurities myself. I took my cue from jack London and learned a wide variety of practical skills from a wide variety of jobs and I can work like a bastard. That said I watched my father, who was a GP, work 70-80 hours a week and thought “fuck that”. So I made the rational decision to marry a woman with greater earning power than me so she could never profit by divorcing me. While she’s building her business and getting her last qualifications I pay the mortgage by driving a forklift and stacking about six tonnes of stock food, fertiliser wire and posts a day. I write songs, cook, clean, play with our baby and muse on how fucked most kiwi managers are as they sacrifice their morals for their ambition, and look forward to the day I might consider voting labour.

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  29. RRM (10,012 comments) says:

    Good on you Martin.

    Write a whole lot of BS on someone’s blog site about how good you are.

    That’s Alpha as FUCK!

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  30. Fletch (6,489 comments) says:

    Yeh, I saw this soon after he made the speech. It gives a well-deserved endorsement to capitalism.
    I think he learned this by playing the part of Steve Jobs in the movie Jobs.

    It’s a big “up you” to progressivisms, “you didn’t build that”, socialism, communism and big government.

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