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Chris Kutcher and his lemon grove.

I’m going to preface this by saying that I did not in fact watch the MTV Teen Choice Awards, because why the hell would I? I did happen to come upon an article about Ashton Kutcher’s speech that he gave, he covered many subjects, including opportunity, living life and being sexy. The part of the speech that stuck with me was the section on opportunity, specifically with working. He said “I believe opportunity looks a lot like hard work… 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 just 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”.  In the short article I found the video in, it said that the speech was likely to fall on deaf ears, and I think that couldn’t be more true.

The teens in his audience probably aren’t going to take his message to heart, sure there will be a few, but they probably don’t need the message as much as the kids who are ignoring it do. You can tell the ignorance of the audience by the fact that him revealing that his first name is really Chris as well as him just using the word “sexy” got a bigger applause than the parts of the speech with actual resonance.

I see too many people taking their jobs for granted or constantly complaining about them, like a person who gets a gift and then complains about how it isn’t perfect and exactly what they wanted. Complaining about your job is normal and unavoidable, but when it is constant and affects your work ethic, you’ve crossed the line. Kids don’t realize that in almost every position they are hired into at 17-19 you are completely and utterly replaceable, if you don’t like your job, there are a hundred people who would gladly take it. Working is a right in general, but working in any particular establishment is a privilege given to you by your boss, they don’t have to keep you around, they have no reason to.

I enjoyed when he said “every job I had was just a stepping stone to my next job…”, you should realize that your first job won’t be your last, and your second probably won’t either, so work your ass off to get the credentials and move up to better jobs, better money, and eventually you can land in a career. Working should be like growing a fruit tree, you’re going to have to plant that thing and start off small, and for several years you’re going to put in more work than you get fruit, but after years of switching soil, fertilizing and trimming branches, you will end up with a tree that brings exactly enough fruit and makes you as happy as the peach you’ve picked.

When life gives you lemons, plant that shit and grow a lemon grove, because opportunity looks a lot like work.


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