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Ashton Kutcher got it right

At the 2013 Teen Choice Awards, Ashton Kutcher shared his real first name, Chris, and his opinion of what teens should know. He said that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. That is a profound statement made by a man who has worked in jobs that involved sweeping floors and carrying shingles up ladders to rooftops before he became a famous movie star.
Hard work being a sign of opportunity is an important truth rarely communicated to students. More often, students see music and movie stars with little or no mention of what it took to get to success. Students are often unaware that young movie stars and musical success stories worked hard to achieve success and that their hard work most often included many unglamorous jobs and a college education.
Kutcher went on to tell teens if they want to be sexy, they should strive to be smart and generous. Interestingly enough, that is what colleges seek: smart and generous students. It is refreshing to see a teen idol tell students what is behind the curtain when it comes to success. Ashton is right, there is opportunity behind the curtain. Opportunity that looks a lot like work.

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