“I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”
Enough about all these Indiana Jones posts I’ve been writing lately, today I’m pulling a quote from Iowa’s Ashton Kutcher. The one that when I last checked was the highest paid TV star. Forbes estimated his May 2011 to May 2012 earnings were $24 million dollars. The actor who not only stars in Two and A Half Men, but plays Steve Jobs in the just released feature Jobs (2013). And another of his side jobs (no pun intended) is as a spokesman for Nikon cameras.
Busy guy. Successful guy. Here’s what the Iowa born and raised Kutcher had to say the other night at the Teen Choice Awards:
“In Hollywood and in the industry and the stuff we do there are a lot of insider secrets to keeping your career going. And a lot of insider secrets to making things tick…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 in a factory sweeping Cheerios 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.”
A few years ago I did a video shoot for Ogilvy Public Relations at the PEPSICO/Quaker Oats factory in Cedar Rapids where Kutcher swept the floors. One worker there told me, “All I do at my job is watch Life go by.” (As in Life cereal.) Great line.
P.S. Opportunity looked a lot like work to Steve Jobs as well. Here’s the trailer for Jobs (where Ashton Kutcher looks a lot like Steve Jobs) :
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