I recently viewed a 2013 video that Ashton Kutcher gave at the Teen Choice awards (yep, I’m with it like that).
You can see the video here.
Surprisingly, Chris inspired me (I gotta go with the name his mama gave him). He talked about opportunities that came his way. He says “I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work.” He talked about his first job working for his dad carrying shingles up to a roof. He went on to being a dishwasher in a restaurant. He then moved up by working in a deli in a supermarket and working in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the floor. He says, “I never had a job I was better than. I was just lucky to have a job. And, every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job.” Can I just say, I want to take his mama out for coffee and tell her how much I admire her?
I’m stuck on this little clip in the whole 4.35 minute video. Actually, I’m stuck on stepping stones.
I don’t agree with much Mr. C. Ashton Kutcher says or stands for, but I agree with this…
opportunities present themselves as hard work
and opportunities are stepping stones
Sometimes the hard work isn’t carrying shingles up a ladder, it’s taking uphill steps to learn more or educate yourself for what it is you really want to do.
Sometimes the hard work isn’t washing dishes in a restaurant, it’s realizing you don’t have to spend your life in a dead end job.
Sometimes the hard work isn’t working in a deli in a supermarket, it’s learning to live on less to have more time at home with those you love most.
For me, the hard work was learning who I truly am and what I am very much capable of doing. I spent far too many years thinking I had nothing to offer and no skills to use. My stepping stone was a very hard job that taught me more about myself than it taught me anything else.
Against the sage advice of C. Ashton Kutcher, I did quit that job without another job lined up. I was tired and I was wounded. I needed some rest. I was so busy resting, I almost tripped over opportunity.
don’t trip over your stepping stones
My stepping stone came unexpectedly. A random text from a friend of a friend who had “friends in the industry.” Definitely a huge opportunity. The hard part? Following through and putting myself out there in an email. Hard? Yes. Worth it? Extremely!
I took the next step and am learning and educating myself to be able to do more.
Sometimes the first step is the hardest step to take.
What opportunity is your stepping stone?