Ashton “Chris” Kutcher @ Teen Choice Awards

So, sometimes life’s sweaty moments are not always embarrassing ones, but moments of courage that cause perspiration. Such was the case for Ashton Kutcher at the Teen Choice Awards on August 11, 2013.

As a recipient of a Teen Choice Award, Ashton got his small moment to “thank all the little people”, but instead he offered up courageous advice to a generation of teens that may be losing touch with reality. This no doubt took courage on his part (and caused some sweating on the producer’s part as well).

Here are just a few snippets:

On hard work:

“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 at 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.”

On being smart:

“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.”

On building your life:

“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you,” he said. “And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life — don’t live one, build one.”

Here at SweatBlock, we salute Ashton for his sound and courageous advice. It takes guts to do what he did.

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