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thanking Ashton Kutcher


 Ashton Kutcher is now one of my heroe’s.

Brian Patrick Cork:  so… I watched Teen Choice Awards last week with my eleven year old Emma Jo.

I was so incredibly inspired by Ashton Kutcher’s grace and the manner in which he seized the moment to turn his accomplishments into a meaningful message for our youth.

he told his young audience the truth.

I can see why both adults and kids like him. Kutcher is earnest, affable, lanky, good looking and obviously bright and ambitious.

he is not only the terrific choice to portray one of my life-long heroes Steve Jobs, he is now in the small company of people in his own right.

the 2013 Teen Choice Awards 2013,, featured a spell-binding Ashton Kutcher. Choice Music Group: One Direction Choice Summer Song: “We Can’t Stop,” Miley Cyrus Choice Summer Tour: One Direction Choice…

Ashton Kutcher won the ‘Ultimate Choice Award’ at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.

Kutcher referred to the Teen Choice Award as the ‘old guy award,’ before offering us his inspirational, amazing speech. Kutcher told the audience he feels like a “fraud” and told the audience his real name is Chris, and there were some really amazing things he learned as Chris. for example, he learned three things – opportunity, being sexy, and life.

on Opportunity, Ashton said,

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. (He went on to explain all the hard work he did). I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. Every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job and I never quit my job before I had my next job. So opportunities look a lot like work.”

on Being Sexy, he posited,

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart. And being thoughtful and being generous. Everything else is crap. I promise you. It’s just crap 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.”

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“The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to be told that the world is the way that it is and your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in trouble and maybe get an education and make some money and have a family. Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things and you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life, don’t live one, find your opportunities and always be sexy.”

throughout his entire acceptance speech the crowd of youngsters reacted enthusiastically to his words, which was pretty amazing. this included my Emma Jo. she was really listening. and, I believe she picked-up on the intensity with which I was focused on Kutcher’s every word.

I’ve walked with men that have changed the world (like the man Jobs, himself), and few have ever demonstrated the poise and relevance of the moment like Kutcher did on that stage. perhaps the smartest things I did not do, myself, was attempt to convert it into my own version of a life lesson with Emma Jo. instead I am trying each successive day to think of examples based on what he offered, and discuss them with her with good timing – mostly in the car on the way to Soccer practice.

I think its working. most teenagers do not want to hear a over-thirty’s idea of success or what the secret of it may be. at that age, and we were all there at one point in our lives, teenagers (and pre-teens) believe that they have a much better idea of what is going on than the older folks.

now, Emma Jo has something of a likable road map.

thank you Ashton Kutcher. Steve Jobs would be proud. I’m grateful.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork


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