Whether it's investing in tech startups, signing up to be a product engineer at Lenovo or mentoring Netizens on their career paths as a PopExpert, Ashton Kutcher's aspirations have never entirely been about showbiz.
Swinging by The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday, Nov. 6, the 35-year-old actor was asked by Ellen DeGeneres about his well-received Teen Choice Awards speech back in August when he encouraged his youthful audience to look beyond Hollywood and fame and put in the necessary hard work to create real opportunity.
At the time, Kutcher said he felt like a fraud going by his middle name of Ashton and not his first name of Chris and talked about how important having a slew of dirty jobs helped get him to where he's at now.
Reflecting on that message on Ellen today, the Jobs star told the funnylady it "just felt like an opportunity to be honest."
"I think that so much of what we see in the world today is this sort of propaganda machine around fame and around celebrity, and I actually think there are some kids in the world that grow up today and think, 'I want to be famous,' instead of, 'When I grow up I want to do something, I want to build something, I want to create something,'" said Kutcher. "And I thought it was a valuable moment to actually let them know that all that is kind of crap, and that working hard and being thoughtful and generous and smart—it's a path to a better life."
He elaborated: "And usually when you go to those shows it's people propagating the fame machine over and over and over and over again, so I thought it was an opportunity to do something different and I hope that, you know, if there is one person that was listening that pursues a different path I think it did what I wanted it to do."
Ellen wholeheartedly agreed, suggesting that "a lot of people don't want to work as hard anymore" unlike her and Ashton's generation.
Kutcher suggested there's a sense of "entitlement" permeating the culture which he believes is unhealthy and recalled examples of some of his friends who refuse to get a job at Starbucks because they "feel like its below them."
"I think the only thing that could be below you is to not have a job," he added. "Go work until you can get the job you want to have. And I'm really lucky to get to work with a lot of entrepreneurs that are building some of the coolest, new stuff in the world and these guys work—guys and girls—work really hard and they put in the hours and they're generous and care about other people and its what lead to their success."
No doubt, Ashton is on to something.