contributed by: Shannon Oleen 

Shock. Sadness. Astonishment. Those are some of the words I heard again and again over the last 12 hours as we turned off our ipads, TV’s and smart phones following the 2013 VMA’s.

Many of us watched last night as Miley Cyrus, who once starred in her own successful Disney series, showed us what we don’t want to be when we grow up.

Over the years artists, musicians and actors have continually upped the shock value in various ways. Whether it was an outrageous meat dress, shocking gestures (think Madonna, Britney and Christina) or once upon a time Disney stars turned twerking princesses, we have learned a lot over the years. And, it’s safe to say that we have a love-hate relationship with celebrities.

While I don’t always agree with some of the dance moves or controversial decisions those in the limelight share on stage, I do believe there are some celebrities who choose to influence our society for the better and when they do, they deserve to be celebrated.

So, for Motivational Mondays I wanted to share with you Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance speech at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards.  His message of hard work, success and perseverance deserves to be heard not just by the millennial generation, but as a great reminder to all of us about what it takes to be successful in life.

Ashton Kutcher’s acceptance speech

Kudo’s to a hard working guy from Cedar Rapids for using his “celebrity status” to inspire others in a positive way. I hope you enjoy this short 4 minute video.

For daily inspiration and blogs from Motivational Speaker Shannon Oleen, visit: | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube

Shannon Oleen is widely recognized as a leading authority in finding passion, creating positive change and reaching personal goals. A former NFL Cheerleader, Pryor Leadership Fellow, and 4-H State Council Alumna, she has entertained and educated audiences around the world, receiving several accolades and awards throughout her career. The Kansas City native relates how hard work, the right attitude and passion really will lead you to achieving your dreams.  Shannon’s enthusiasm combined with her inspirational message is a compelling call to action for people who are ready to conquer their dreams, too.  

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