He had us all Punk’d

Twelve days ago, Ashton Kutcher ended what may have been the longest running prank he’s ever pulled.

What’s funny is it seems the target was himself first, and then the rest of us.

What I refer to, in case you’ve been living under an electronic rock or vacationing on an Amish dude ranch, is Kutcher’s acceptance speech at the Aug. 11 Teen Choice Awards.  The 35-year-old had just won the Ultimate Choice Award, which Kutcher quickly tabbed as the ‘old guy award.’

But even as they guy closest to needing an aluminum walker on stage that night, Kutcher knew he still had the pulse and the ear of America’s youth.

And if we’re smart, those of us a lot closer to the old folks home than the guy who starred in a TV show about our youth (That 70’s Show), we’ll take note and lend this guy an ear.

Before we  begin, listen to the entirety of the speech itself.

So Kutcher started dropping his pearls of wisdom by citing a time-honored standard – Hard Work. This is nothing knew. We all heard this from our dads when were teens and pretty much ignored it until some time in our late 20s. Some of us got it sooner than others, but in the end life is a fickle mistress and no one escapes her reach or her reality.

But the real meat of this point for Kutcher was the statement that he “… never had a job in my life that I was better than.”

That’s a big statement and one that a lot of people don’t think about on a daily basis. We get into a place some times and start letting things slide. We cut a few corners, we slack off on striving for excellence and get to a point where we think the place we work would never function without us there.

The truth of the matter is they’d be just fine without us. Oh, they may stumble and sputter a bit, but it is a rare, rare thing that a business loses one person and goes to hell in a hand basket over night.

You may be valuable to your company, but you’re never irreplaceable.

Kutcher not only back stabbed the Hollywood establishment with his second point, but he likely blew more than a few fuses of the young audience members when he said, “The sexiest thing in the world is being really smart, and thoughtful and generous.”

Kelso, is that really you in there?

Now stop and think about what Kutcher really said right there? No really, think about it.

In one sentence he said that literally everything you see on TV, watch in a movie and pick up from magazines and the internet is utter crap. He didn’t say ‘bad for you’ or ‘could hurt you’ or ‘you could do better’, he said, “Everything else is crap! I promise you!”

Angus Jones

Angus Jones

We all thought Angus Jones went a little haywire when he blasted the CBS sitcom “Two and a Half Men” last fall, telling the world to, “Please stop watching it. Please stop filling your head with that filth.” But maybe he was just saying what some of the people industry really believe.

And Kutcher may have just verified it.

He closed by talking about building a life, about not settling for the status quo. It’s not that the status quo is bad, but like the V’ger spacecraft in the first Star Trek movie we typically end up asking ourselves, “Is there nothing more?”

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky

Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you never take.” Kutcher just put that phrase in terms that the less athletic among us would understand. You have to be in the battle, in the midst of the fray if you really want to change your world. If you don’t like the way things are, work to change them. Don’t just sit idly bye while the events that affect you unfold to determine the course of your life.

Like Cameron Frye, there comes a time when you have to make a stand.

It may appear like you don’t make difference, that you didn’t even make a dent. But if you truly believe that what you are doing is right – and I would urge within God’s calling and plan for you life – then nothing on this planet should be allowed to stand in your way.

It may take longer than you think, but will never be longer than what God planned.

I’ve admitted several times since Kutcher’s speech that I have evidently misjudged him. Either that, or the experience of climbing inside Steve Jobs head for a few months has greatly affected him.

Regardless, my stock in Ashton Kutcher has just risen 100%.

And so has the stock in myself.


About Tim Allen

I am a former newspaper writer/editor/page designer that still loves to write and share my experience and views. I presently own a digital marketing firm and live in a small town in Big Sky country.

Posted on August 23, 2013, in Business / Finance, Faith, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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