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Ashton Kutcher delivers motivational acceptance speech at Teen Choice Awards

Ashton Kutcher speaks on Aug. 11, 2013, during

Ashton Kutcher speaks on Aug. 11, 2013, during the Teen Choice Awards 2013 in Universal City, Calif. Credit: Getty Images

Ashton Kutcher, who stars in the upcoming biographical drama about Steve Jobs, received a rousing ovation at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles Sunday for his inspirational acceptance speech.

"Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is," Kutcher told the youthful audience, paraphrasing the late Apple co-founder's comments in a 1994 interview first broadcast in 2011, "and that your life is to live . . . inside the world and try not to get into too much trouble. . . . But life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us . . . was made up by people [who] are no smarter than you. And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in."

Accepting the Ultimate Choice Award, the actor, 35, advised that, "Opportunity looks a lot like hard work." Describing his own menial teen jobs, he said, "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."

Kutcher's loudest applause came when he declared, "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."

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