Everybody loves Ashton Kutcher. Why wouldn’t they? The model turned actor is the physical embodiment of what ‘fun’ is supposed to look like. We adored him as the hilariously brainless and lovable Michael Kelso in That 70s Show, and we were awed by him as the flawlessly flawed Steve Jobs in the 2013 biopic. Ashton’s journey to fame is quite remarkable and has had more than its fair share of thorns and roses alike. But it was his foray into the world of entrepreneurship that the world recognised a new side to the Hollywood superstar.
Ashton, on many occasions, has publicly spoken about how being a successful entrepreneur entails the need for a creative idea, the will to work on that idea, and a lingering element of surprise, so that you can wow every single individual when you finally make it big. Being deemed the modern day Jim Carrey by some, Ashton’s more humorous roles have set him an entire pole away from the idea of an ‘entrepreneur’. But even Steve Jobs donned jeans didn’t he?
Today, Ashton’s investment history includes names like Skype, Airbnb, Spotify, Uber, StyleSeat, and many more. Investing in these at the ripe moment, Ashton’s advice and experience on how one can become a great businessman or businesswoman by having a simple plan and a tank of strong willpower is an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. While he may ace his character dialogues and have us rooting for him through, it is his original liners that have won our hearts for the real Ashton Kutcher, the one with the briefcase.
On this note, we would like to present you with some of his best sayings that are sure to have you dancing the fiery dance of ambition and limitless motivation.
“Don't settle for what life gives you; make life better and build something.”
“I'm continually trying to make choices that put me against my own comfort zone. As long as you're uncomfortable, it means you're growing.”
“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 steppingstone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”
“We're all living in a casino. It's just Vegas. Everything is on camera. Everything is being recorded. Everything is on audio. The truth is we all have access to everybody else's information.”
“In the movies, you want a good story and characters that are honest, but you are also looking for a good director who can lead the ship. That's how we look at business. Everybody has a great idea for a startup, and so do their relatives, and they tell me, 'You gotta build it.' I say, 'I have to believe in it.’”
“The largest fear in the world is to speak in public. We fear of stumbling, or public humiliation, and so we're fearing a face-to-face rejection. So, we'll say things in a text or e-mail that we would never say face-to-face. So, relationships are coming together faster and breaking apart faster, and they're a little bit more disposable.”
“Take a long pause ...breathe and know that things are happening for you not to you.”
“I don't believe that old cliché that good things come to those who wait. I think good things come to those who want something so bad they can't sit still.”
“How does somebody know what they want if they haven't even seen it?”
“Everything around us that we call life was made up by people that are no smarter than you.”
“I've usually found that the greatest rewards in my life come from taking on things that are a little bit scary.”
“Anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur like someone else is actually looking in the wrong direction. You don't look out for inspiration, you look in. You have to ask yourself how can I be better today, at solving the problem I am trying to solve for my company. I wouldn't encourage anyone to be like me. Just be like you.”
“Working hard, and being thoughtful, and generous, and smart; it's a path to a better life.”
“Opportunities look a lot like work.”
“I really think that technology has the greatest potential to accelerate happiness of most things in the world. The companies that will ultimately do well are the companies that chase happiness. If you find a way to help people find love, or health or friendship, the dollar will chase that.”
“In e-commerce, your prices have to be better because the consumer has to take a leap of faith in your product.”
“The film industry brings people together, and so does technology. I see them as similar platforms.”
“Go work until you can get the job you that 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 and girls work really hard and they put in the hours and they're generous and care about other people and it's what led to their success.”
“Leapfrog innovation – consistent, constant, ridiculous leapfrog innovation – only happens within a dictatorship. Any time you try to do something really innovative, most people aren't going to understand it until after they experience it. So when you're developing in innovation, you have to be a dictator.”
“Be happy, but never be satisfied”
“Luck looks a lot like work.”
“People used to behave morally because they thought God was always watching – in some ways God today is the collective, and the collective is watching.”
“I think that the way that Steve Jobs sought after love was to create products that people loved. And when people loved his products, in turn they – he felt like they loved him.”
“Scars are reminders of the obstacles we've overcome. Wear them proudly.”