Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

The “Dirty Jobs” crew and I were called to a little town
in Colorado, called Craig. It’s only a couple dozen square miles. It’s in the Rockies. And the job in question was sheep rancher. My role on the show, for those of you
who haven’t seen it — it’s pretty simple. I’m an apprentice, and I work with the people
who do the jobs in question. And my responsibilities
are to simply try and keep up, and give an honest account
of what it’s like to be these people for one day in their life. The job in question: herding sheep. Great. We go to Craig and we check into a hotel, and I realize the next day that castration is going to be
an absolute part of this work. Normally, I never do any research at all. But this is a touchy subject,
and I work for the Discovery Channel, and we want to portray accurately
whatever it is we do. And we certainly want to do it
with a lot of respect for the animals. So I call the Humane Society and I say, “Look, I’m going to be castrating
some lambs. Can you tell me the deal?” And they’re like, “Yeah,
it’s pretty straightforward.” They use a band, basically, a rubber band,
like this, only a little smaller. This one was actually
around the playing cards I got yesterday — (Laughter) But it had a certain familiarity to it. And I said, “Well, what exactly
is the process?” And they said, “The band
is applied to the tail, tightly. And then another band is applied
to the scrotum, tightly. Blood flow is slowly retarded; a week later the parts
in question fall off. “Great — got it.” OK, I call the SPCA to confirm this. They confirm it. I also call PETA just for fun, and they don’t like it,
but they confirm it. OK, that’s basically how you do it. So the next day I go out. And I’m given a horse
and we go get the lambs and we take them to a pen that we built, and we go about the business
of animal husbandry. Melanie is the wife of Albert. Albert is the shepherd in question. Melanie picks up the lamb,
one hand on both legs on the right, likewise on the left. Lamb goes on the post, she opens it up. Alright. Great. Albert goes in, I follow Albert,
the crew is around. I always watch the process done
the first time before I try it. Being an apprentice,
you know, you do that. Albert reaches in his pocket to pull out,
you know, this black rubber band, but what comes out instead is a knife. And I’m like, “Hmm, that’s not
rubber at all,” you know? (Laughter) And he kind of flicked it open
in a way that caught the sun that was just coming
over the Rockies, it was very — (Laughter) It was … it was impressive. In the space of about two seconds, Albert had the knife
between the cartilage of the tail, right next to the butt of the lamb, and very quickly, the tail was gone
and in the bucket that I was holding. A second later, with a big thumb
and a well-calloused forefinger, he had the scrotum firmly in his grasp. And he pulled it toward him, like so, and he took the knife
and he put it on the tip. “Now, you think you know
what’s coming, Michael, You don’t, OK?” (Laughter) He snips it, throws the tip
over his shoulder, and then grabs the scrotum
and pushes it upward, and then his head dips down,
obscuring my view. But what I hear is a slurping sound, and a noise that sounds like Velcro
being yanked off a sticky wall, and I am not even kidding. Can we roll the video? No, I’m kidding, we don’t — (Laughter) I thought it best to talk in pictures. I do something now I’ve never, ever done
on a “Dirty Jobs” shoot, ever. I say, “Time out. Stop.” You guys know the show, we use take one;
we don’t do take two. There’s no writing, there’s no scripting,
there’s no nonsense. We don’t fool around, we don’t rehearse — we shoot what we get! I said, “Stop. This is nuts.” I mean — (Laughter) “This is crazy. We can’t do this.” And Albert’s like, “What?” And I’m like, “I don’t know
what just happened, but there are testicles in this bucket, and that’s not how we do it.” He said “Well, that’s how we do it.” I said, “Why would you do it this way?” And before I even let him explain, I said, “I want to do it the right way,
with the rubber bands.” And he says, “Like the Humane Society?” I said, “Yes, like the Humane Society. Let’s do something that doesn’t make
the lamb squeal and bleed. We’re on in five continents, dude! We’re on twice a day
on the Discovery — we can’t do this.” He says, “OK.” He goes to his box and pulls out
a bag of these little rubber bands. Melanie picks up another lamb,
puts it on the post, band goes on the tail,
band goes on the scrotum. Lamb goes on the ground,
lamb takes two steps, falls down, gets up, shakes a little, takes another couple steps, falls down. I’m like, this is not a good sign
for this lamb, at all. Gets up, walks to the corner. It’s quivering, and it lies
down and it’s in obvious distress. And I’m looking at the lamb
and I say, “Albert, how long? When does he get up?” He’s like, “A day?” I said, “A day! How long does
it take them to fall off?” “A week.” Meanwhile, the lamb that he had just done
his little procedure on is, you know, he’s just prancing
around, bleeding stopped. He’s, you know, nibbling
on some grass, frolicking. And I was just so blown away
at how completely wrong I was, in that second. And I was reminded how utterly wrong
I am, so much of the time. (Laughter) And I was especially reminded of what a ridiculously
short straw I had that day, because now I had to do
what Albert had just done, and there are like 100
of these lambs in the pen. And suddenly, this whole thing’s starting
to feel like a German porno, and I’m like — (Laughter) Melanie picks up the lamb,
puts it on the post, opens it up. Albert hands me the knife. I go in, tail comes off. I go in, I grab the scrotum,
tip comes off. Albert instructs, “Push it way up there.” I do. “Push it further.” I do. The testicles emerge. They look
like thumbs, coming right at you. And he says, “Bite ’em. Just bite ’em off.” (Laughter) And I heard him, I heard all the words — (Laughter) Like, how did I get here? How did — I mean — how did I get here? It’s just — it’s one of those moments
where the brain goes off on its own, and suddenly, I’m standing
there in the Rockies, and all I can think of is the Aristotelian
definition of a tragedy. You know, Aristotle says
a tragedy is that moment when the hero comes face to face
with his true identity. (Laughter) And I’m like, “What is this
jacked-up metaphor? I don’t like what I’m thinking right now.” And I can’t get this thought
out of my head, and I can’t get that vision
out of my sight, so I did what I had to do. I went in and I took them. I took them like this, and I yanked my head back. And I’m standing there
with two testicles on my chin. (Laughter) And now I can’t get —
I can’t shake the metaphor. I’m still in “Poetics,” in Aristotle,
and I’m thinking — out of nowhere, two terms come crashing
into my head, that I hadn’t heard since my classics professor in college
drilled them there. And they are “anagnorisis”
and “peripeteia.” Anagnorisis and peripeteia. Anagnorisis is the Greek
word for discovery. Literally, the transition from ignorance
to knowledge is anagnorisis. It’s what our network does;
it’s what “Dirty Jobs” is. And I’m up to my neck
in anagnorises every single day. Great. The other word, peripeteia, that’s the moment
in the great tragedies — Euripides and Sophocles. That’s the moment where Oedipus has
his moment, where he suddenly realizes that hot chick he’s been sleeping with
and having babies with is his mother. That’s peripety, or peripeteia. And this metaphor in my head — I’ve got anagnorisis
and peripeteia on my chin — (Laughter) I’ve got to tell you,
it’s such a great device, though. When you start to look for peripeteia, you find it everywhere. I mean, Bruce Willis
in “The Sixth Sense,” right? Spends the whole movie trying to help
the little kid who sees dead people, and then — boom! — “Oh, I’m dead.” Peripeteia. You know? It’s crushing when the audience
sees it the right way. Neo in “The Matrix,” you know? “Oh, I’m living in a computer program. That’s weird.” These discoveries
that lead to sudden realizations. And I’ve been having them,
over 200 dirty jobs, I have them all the time, but that one — that one drilled something home
in a way that I just wasn’t prepared for. And, as I stood there, looking at the happy lamb
that I had just defiled — but it looked OK; looking at that poor other little thing
that I’d done it the right way on, and I just was struck by — if I’m wrong about that, and if I’m wrong so often,
in a literal way, what other peripatetic misconceptions
might I be able to comment upon? Because, look —
I’m not a social anthropologist, but I have a friend who is. And I talk to him. (Laughter) And he says, “Hey Mike, look. I don’t know if your brain is interested
in this sort of thing or not, but do you realize
you’ve shot in every state? You’ve worked in mining,
you’ve worked in fishing, you’ve worked in steel,
you’ve worked in every major industry. You’ve had your back
shoulder to shoulder with these guys that our politicians are desperate
to relate to every four years, right?” I can still see Hillary
doing the shots of rye, dribbling down her chin,
with the steel workers. I mean, these are the people
that I work with every single day. “And if you have something to say
about their thoughts, collectively, it might be time to think about it. Because, dude, you know, four years.” So, that’s in my head,
testicles are on my chin, thoughts are bouncing around. And, after that shoot,
“Dirty Jobs” really didn’t change, in terms of what the show is,
but it changed for me, personally. And now, when I talk about the show, I no longer just tell the story
you heard and 190 like it. I do, but I also start to talk
about some of the other things I got wrong; some of the other notions of work that I’ve just been assuming
are sacrosanct, and they’re not. People with dirty jobs
are happier than you think. As a group, they’re
the happiest people I know. And I don’t want to start whistling
“Look for the Union Label,” and all that happy-worker crap. I’m just telling you
that these are balanced people who do unthinkable work. Roadkill picker-uppers whistle
while they work, I swear to God — I did it with them. They’ve got this amazing
sort of symmetry to their life. And I see it over and over and over again. So I started to wonder what would happen if we challenged
some of these sacred cows? Follow your passion — we’ve been talking about it
here for the last 36 hours. Follow your passion — what could
possibly be wrong with that? It’s probably the worst advice I ever got. (Laughter) Follow your dreams and go broke, right? I mean, that’s all I heard growing up. I didn’t know what to do with my life, but I was told if you follow your passion,
it’s going to work out. I can give you 30 examples right now. Bob Combs, the pig farmer in Las Vegas who collects the uneaten scraps
of food from the casinos and feeds them to his swine. Why? Because there’s so much protein
in the stuff we don’t eat, his pigs grow at twice the normal speed,
and he’s one rich pig farmer. He’s good for the environment, he spends his days
doing this incredible service, and he smells like hell,
but God bless him. He’s making a great living. You ask him, “Did you follow
your passion here?” and he’d laugh at you. The guy’s worth — he just got offered
like 60 million dollars for his farm and turned it down, outside of Vegas. He didn’t follow his passion. He stepped back and he watched
where everybody was going, and he went the other way. And I hear that story over and over. Matt Freund, a dairy farmer
in New Canaan, Connecticut, who woke up one day and realized the crap from his cows
was worth more than their milk, if he could use it to make
these biodegradable flowerpots. Now he’s selling them to Walmart, right? Follow his passion? The guy’s — come on. So I started to look at passion, I started to look
at efficiency vs. effectiveness. As Tim talked about earlier,
that’s a huge distinction. I started to look at teamwork
and determination. And basically, all those platitudes
they call “successories” that hang with that schmaltzy art
in boardrooms around the world right now, that stuff — it’s suddenly
all been turned on its head. Safety. Safety first is … Going back to OSHA and PETA
and the Humane Society: What if OSHA got it wrong? I mean — this is heresy,
what I’m about to say — but what if it’s really safety third? Right? (Laughter) No, I mean, really. What I mean to say is: I value my safety on these crazy jobs as much as the people
that I’m working with, but the ones who really get it done — they’re not out there
talking about safety first. They know that other things come first — the business of doing
the work comes first, the business of getting it done. And I’ll never forget,
up in the Bering Sea, I was on a crab boat
with the “Deadliest Catch” guys — which I also work on in the first season. We were about 100 miles
off the coast of Russia: 50-foot seas, big waves, green water
coming over the wheelhouse, right? Most hazardous environment I’d ever seen, and I was back with a guy,
lashing the pots down. So I’m 40 feet off the deck, which is like looking down
at the top of your shoe, you know, and it’s doing this in the ocean. Unspeakably dangerous. I scamper down, I go into the wheelhouse and I say, with some level of incredulity, “Captain — OSHA?” And he says, “OSHA? Ocean.” And he points out there. (Laughter) But in that moment, what he said next
can’t be repeated in the Lower 48. It can’t be repeated on any factory floor
or any construction site. But he looked at me and said, “Son,” — he’s my age, by the way,
he calls me “son,” I love that — he says, “Son, I’m the captain
of a crab boat. My responsibility
is not to get you home alive. My responsibility
is to get you home rich.” (Laughter) You want to get home alive,
that’s on you.” And for the rest
of that day — safety first. I mean, I was like — So, the idea that we create
this sense of complacency when all we do is talk
about somebody else’s responsibility as though it’s our own, and vice versa. Anyhow, a whole lot of things. I could talk at length
about the many little distinctions we made and the endless list of ways
that I got it wrong. But what it all comes down to is this: I’ve formed a theory, and I’m going to share it now
in my remaining 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It goes like this: we’ve declared war on work,
as a society — all of us. It’s a civil war. It’s a cold war, really. We didn’t set out to do it and we didn’t twist our mustache
in some Machiavellian way, but we’ve done it. And we’ve waged this war
on at least four fronts, certainly in Hollywood. The way we portray working people on TV — it’s laughable. If there’s a plumber, he’s 300 pounds and he’s got a giant butt crack, admit it. You see him all the time. That’s what plumbers look like, right? We turn them into heroes,
or we turn them into punch lines. That’s what TV does. We try hard on “Dirty Jobs”
not to do that, which is why I do the work
and I don’t cheat. But, we’ve waged this war
on Madison Avenue. So many of the commercials that come out
there in the way of a message — what’s really being said? “Your life would be better
if you could work a little less, didn’t have to work so hard,
got home a little earlier, could retire a little faster,
punch out a little sooner.” It’s all in there,
over and over, again and again. Washington? I can’t even begin to talk
about the deals and policies in place that affect the bottom-line reality
of the available jobs, because I don’t really know; I just know
that that’s a front in this war. And right here, guys — Silicon Valley. I mean — how many people have
an iPhone on them right now? How many people have their BlackBerry? We’re plugged in; we’re connected. I would never suggest for a second that something bad
has come out of the tech revolution. Good grief, not to this crowd. (Laughter) But I would suggest that innovation without imitation
is a complete waste of time. And nobody celebrates imitation the way “Dirty Jobs” guys
know it has to be done. Your iPhone without those people
making the same interface, the same circuitry,
the same board, over and over — all of that — that’s what makes
it equally as possible as the genius that goes inside of it. So, we’ve got this new toolbox. You know? Our tools today don’t look
like shovels and picks. They look like the stuff
we walk around with. And so the collective
effect of all of that has been this marginalization
of lots and lots of jobs. And I realized, probably
too late in this game — I hope not, because I don’t know
if I can do 200 more of these things — but we’re going to do as many as we can. And to me, the most
important thing to know and to really come face to face with, is that fact that I got it wrong
about a lot of things, not just the testicles on my chin. I got a lot wrong. So, we’re thinking —
by “we,” I mean me — (Laughter) that the thing to do is to talk
about a PR campaign for work — manual labor, skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there,
talking about the forgotten benefits. I’m talking about grandfather stuff, the stuff a lot us probably grew up with but we’ve kind of —
you know, kind of lost a little. Barack wants to create
two and a half million jobs. The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work that I suppose exists,
has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure is the first one, declining trade school enrollments
are the second one. Every single year, fewer electricians,
fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipe fitters,
fewer steam fitters. The infrastructure jobs that everybody
is talking about creating are those guys — the ones
that have been in decline, over and over. Meanwhile, we’ve got
two trillion dollars, at a minimum, according to the American Society
of Civil Engineers, that we need to expend
to even make a dent in the infrastructure, which is currently rated at a D minus. So, if I were running
for anything — and I’m not — I would simply say
that the jobs we hope to make and the jobs we hope to create aren’t going to stick unless
they’re jobs that people want. And I know the point of this conference is to celebrate things
that are near and dear to us, but I also know that clean
and dirty aren’t opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin,
just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility,
like peripeteia and anagnorisis, like that poor little lamb,
who I hope isn’t quivering anymore, and like my time that’s gone. It’s been great talking to you. And get back to work, will you? (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

  • So inspiring on so many levels. Mike’s articulation was amazingly so precise and true. Great practicer and reminder(er?) of the foundation of what made this country-the skilled worker. Funny, I am not “a worker”, but do observe and support union craft persons perform every facet of heavy civil, bridge and tunnel construction – and love the “OSHA-Ocean” story/video: I do show that “safety third” during training sessions. Thank you so much for the video and positive representation of our true hard working people in dirty jobs. 🙇

  • I'm 25 and unemployed with a first class Business & Finance degree and a psychology masters. I 'm currently struggling to get minimum wage warehouse work, it sucks because I really want the feeling of working a hard days work, whatever it is and irrelevant to if it uses my education. I wish I heard thoughts like in the Ted Talk sooner and also focused on gaining real life skills myself sooner. Great talk, I think any teachers will be doing well by showing this to their students.

  • Off. This actor? https://medium.com/@CitationsPodcst/episode-64-mike-rowes-koch-backed-working-man-affectation-fa52e0e8d2e3

  • This one touched me deeply. I am a diesel mechanic and very good at my job. I did not enjoy my work because society and my family told me it wasn't good enough. I then met my best friend and greatest mentor a 42 year old lesbian diesel mechanic who asked me if I truly did not enjoy my work or if I did not enjoy it because I was told It was not good enough. from that day on I can enjoy my work. I can go to work every day with my head held high because I take pride in getting every customer vehicle repaired as quick and inexpensive as possible. I'll never make millions but I can look back on the hundreds of people that expected a thousand dollar bill but using my skills I was able to solve the problem for less than $200.

  • I love Mike Rowe & Dirty Jobs & also Somebody's Gotta Do It. Just finished buying collection's 1-8 of Dirty Jobs the different series seasons are a little harder to get. I still watch reruns of both series to this day on tv. Absolutely learned a lot from Mike.

  • Absolutly insane that his rational dilemma of torturing a newborn animal is to do the quick-way rather than NOT doing it at all… What a human being!

  • Teacher’s resignation letter: My profession … no longer exists ; http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/10/1343935/-Teacher-s-resignation-letter-My-profession-no-longer-exists?detail=email# ; Quote: . . . Increasingly teachers are speaking out against school reforms that they believe are demeaning their profession , , , Here is one resignation letter from a veteran teacher, Gerald J. Conti, a social studies teacher at Westhill High School in Syracuse, N.Y.

  • I'm a Mechanic and a Journeyman Toolmaker, as well as an Inspector Standard Gauge Repair Tech. I'm also a Technical Writer, Quality Assurance Lab Tech, ISO Quality Coordinator, Test Driver Trainer, Program Manager, Facilities Maintenance Supervisor and Small Business Owner.
    I've worked with my hands ever since i was a kid, because that is where my facility lies.
    I've been looked down upon for most of my career for it, by others with "advanced degrees".
    FWIW, I also have a bachelor's in business management.
    I've worked in many realms of the the workforce; Mike is right.
    Hard work, that leaves you dirty n tired at the end of the day, is nothing to be ashamed of.
    Without those of us who are willing to be physical, get dirty and get real stuff done, the rest of the world would stop.

  • The only thing he got wrong about sheep farming episode is calling up the "so-called" experts and taking what those bureaucratic morons say for truth. Those people sit in climate-controlled buildings while that farmer doesn' have that privilege. Those sheep represent his/her income, so they know a LOT about sheep.

  • I work a “dirty job” and this guy has showed me that it is something I should be proud of. Not in this presentation but in watching the show. I used to be embarrassed to tell people what I do for a living. Even tho I was able to support a housewife and 2 kids I still knew that people looked down on me for what I do. I make great money because most people can’t or won’t do what I do. I do flooring and a get up to my eyebrows in dog and cat piss pretty much every week. Then I realized that some of the people who look down on me for doing what I do are the same people who are living in homes that have piss all over their floors.

  • This was great because I'm watching this in Jan. , 2020 and just watched the program he was talking about in Nov. 2019 and it was just as funny as he made it sound . As for working a trade I not only knew how to build a house from the ground up before I graduated from high school at age 17 but had already done it . I moved to the country and did canning factory , dairy farming , and construction . Got married moved to another state and became a trash truck driver , ended up back here and drove for a feed mill until I started for a company that hauled anything in a dump truck after buying land and building a 7 bedroom home which I still live in after we raised 6 children in it and I even kept it in a divorce . I didn't go to any fancy trade school because my father was from the 30's and taught us everything we needed to know . I could change brakes back in the day with a pair of pliers and a screwdriver on the curb .

  • It’s the way it been done for centuries. Teeth are the only way you can feel and hold the the ligaments.To cut. If you don’t get the root out necrosis will set in and kill the lamb.

  • Never watched his show, but some of the stuff he describes sounds like parenting babies and toddlers and taking care old folks, delivering phone books and getting chased by dogs, doing janitorial work during summer with the heat, flies, roaches, garbage mess ups, pest control, cleaning up after the remodeling guys dealing with student originated structural damage to just about everything and various food service tasks during the year including cleaning fry vats, dishwashers, unclogging disposals, dealing with old food, dishing up new items, cleaning fly traps, and week long "cleaning weeks" during college breaks, telemarketing (believe me the OTHER WORK is better!), getting pets out of trees, cleaning their vomit and trying to figure out what made them vomit and judging from their excrement and vomit what the heck it is they ate or lapped up that made them sick and making sure they get cleaned twice a week, don't eat too much and get walked enough and don't turn a yard into the moon or a house into a junkyard, don't steal off plates or tables or wreck someone else's toys or clothes. I have had better jobs, but some of them, like selling useless one function gadgets to women who will only use them a couple times a year or last season's fashions or the ridiculous that will go out of vogue in six months allow you to come home with a better conscience, even if they are more messy and even when your client was hating you that day because it was bath day. Forget pyramid schemes, lottery or selling useless crap on the internet, even the most awful of jobs is BETTER. And in my case, they were BETTER PAYING and allowed you to think you did something worthwhile.

  • I remember him from QVC, A JOB YOU COULD TELL HE HATED. Now he speaks as if he actually knows the job?????. he might have worked for a day…that is different than working for 10 years and you are crippled from arthritis.from the repetitive job…he does A lot of jobs where the owners make the profit but the workers spend their time and body's for profit of their labour for them. Without osha many more would be unprotected. Yes osha is not always right but….?

  • Let me add…i had a young high school working for me, in my back yard, so he could buy a car. He followed his father into working as a welder. He went to work in a small business for fairly good pay, but the next time I saw him , about 8 years later..his skin was pale grey and he had a constant cough. Where was OSHA???

  • To those liberals and moderates out there who use their brains: Mike Rowe's story of the lamb is an allegory of what happens when you give in to the PC-know-it-alls who in reality don't know crap.

  • I love Mike Rowe. He’s awesome! Ted talks is a bit too elitist and liberal for my liking, which is one of the only reasons I tuned in here. I absolutely love the dignity with which he gives the everyday man.

  • Worked on a 1000 acre ranch in Nashville,TN during summers while I was in high school. I was a ranch hand, I cut hay , bush-hogged, planted, Rock and log picked , weed eating and zero turn cutting 40 acres of grass a week, tore down and picked up random houses and double wides that were long abandoned , people dumped trash all around the property because they didn’t want to pay to have their garbage properly disposed so I’d be trash picking almost everyday. These are just a few of the things I’d be doing throughout the week while I worked there.

    A ranch seems like it has a billion things that need to be done on it. Add a little Tennessee heat to it and your rockin. All that for $12 an hour and I haven’t even scratched the surface of the work. I learned a lot from that job , most important thing I learned is someone’s always working harder for less. Boss told me that one and I’ll never forget it.

  • I can't imagine why someone would give this a thumbs down is a true respectful opinion with absolutely no disrespect to anybody. I would love to hear the reasoning of a person give it a thumbs down and why just curious..?? You say potato I say potahto but we both eat it. It is a grower that eats it so he can grow it

  • …very very good talk, there. I hope the USA gets back on its feet. You've got a huge responsibility out there to show the world what you really can do. Sadly, it's not as easy as that. It takes time. It won't happen over night

  • Basically, do the job that best suits you. If it needs a degree, get one. If it needs a specific license or cert, get one. Just know your worth and don't settle for anything less.

  • This might be my favorite TED Talk. Had no idea Mike Rowe was such a philosopher. I disagree that people shouldn't follow their passions–there are few things in life worse than not knowing whether you would have achieved your dream (because you didn't try)–but I do agree that if your passion doesn't lead to money, there's nothing wrong with honest, traditional work. Not to mention that half of my friends growing up who work union jobs actually make significantly more than some of my white-collar friends who have nothing to show but debt.

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    Raid Shadow Legends, an immersive online experience with you'd expect from a brand new RPG title! it's got an amazing storyline, awesome 3D graphics, giant boss fights, PVP battles, and hundreds of never before seen champions to collect and customize! I never expected to get this level of performance from a mobile game, Look how crazy the level of detail is on these champions! Raid Shadow Legends is getting big real fast, so you should definitely get in early. starting now will give you a huge head start. there are also upcoming special launch tournaments with crazy prizes! and not to mention this game is also free! so go ahead and check the link in the description to find out more about Raid Shadow Legends and if you get it right now you will get one free epic champion and 50,000 silver immediately, complimentary from the Dev team of Raid Shadow Legends!
    Raid Shadow Legends, an immersive online experience with you'd expect from a brand new RPG title! it's got an amazing storyline, awesome 3D graphics, giant boss fights, PVP battles, and hundreds of never before seen champions to collect and customize! I never expected to get this level of performance from a mobile game, Look how crazy the level of detail is on these champions! Raid Shadow Legends is getting big real fast, so you should definitely get in early. starting now will give you a huge head start. there are also upcoming special launch tournaments with crazy prizes! and not to mention this game is also free! so go ahead and check the link in the description to find out more about Raid Shadow Legends and if you get it right now you will get one free epic champion and 50,000 silver immediately, complimentary from the Dev team of Raid Shadow Legends!

  • I think people want to please their parents and go to college..
    College refines the individual and a white collar job is seen as more respectable even if it pays less money…

  • Mike, here is my concept on how to help our future considering we are quickly being replaced by robots. If you like this please pass the idea around. I have no influence and considering your media background I believe you can help.

    Robots replace us daily. I work in a factory that once had over 4000 workers. Now there are under 1000. All 3000 jobs were replaced by robots. My idea is Robots need to be assigned a Social Security number. And pay the appropriate taxes that the unemployed worker would of paid on their weekly paycheck. Robots contribute NOTHING to the Fed and State tax system, Social Security etc. If a robot on an assembly line works 8 hour shifts and three shifts a day it should pay the same amount of tax that the unemployed worker would of paid. This will not only help the country but most of all It might give the company incentive to KEEP the worker and NOT install a robot to replace him or her. We need to start this movement and hopefully we will keep more of us working. ROBOTS contribute NOTHING except to increase profit for the company. I've never seen a robot buy a truck yet, have you? Company wants to replace us fine. But make the robot pay taxes to help our economy. Thanks.

  • Love Mike Rowe.. Im a female machinist for 15 years now started when i was 20yrs old ..dirty jobs had it right on so many levels..huge fan of dirty jobs and mike rowe is a awesome man

  • listen & learn from ppl that have already done it. We don't bite, more than Happy to share what we learned.From our elders

  • I enjoy physical labor. No problem. I really like demolishing the interior of houses by hand, with hand tools. People are remodeling, you tear the walls out, you tear down the ceiling. Smart people wear those breathing masks but I don't. I can tear out an interior of a two story, two bedroom house in a matter of hours because, when you do physical labor, you find good shortcuts, ways to save time.

    Same time, it is not the kind of work I wanted to be doing as I got older. I like digging holes, cutting sod. Anything with a hammer or a sledgehammer or a jackhammer. I just don't want to be doing those for a living as my aging body starts breaking down.

    Get a desk job before you turn 30. Or be the guy running heavy equipment on a job site. It's not an office, there's no desk, but you are seated and your job requires you to be seated.

  • Oh In for a castration are you? . . would you like three quick snips and some food? . . . Or some humane "No weapons" just natural rubber bands around your junk for two weeks, . . of pain, . . But it all Natural!

  • I’m a carpenters apprentice in Canada, Mike Rowe is right about the trades. Trades will always be needed. Plus most trades people are pretty intelligent, you need to be to do good electric, plumbing, welding or carpentry

  • I am a college graduate and an information systems analyst. And I agree with Mike Rowe, completely. The most amazingly smart and VALUABLE people I have met are tree trimmers, plumbers, electricians, construction workers, factory workers, ranchers, farmers, mechanics, HVAC workers, in general, blue collar workers.. They are amazing and completely underappreciated and the foundation of our civilization. Without question. Thank You Mike for your brilliant speech that speaks this truth in undeniable terms.

  • I like a hard day's labor…now and then. I like to get fully into my work and come out looking like a coal miner…now and then. To spend myself utterly and completely, and to resultantly pass out before making it to the dinner table. It's a great feeling…now and then.

    But the idea of doing this sort of thing day in and day out, even at a lesser magnitude…the idea of perpetual toil as some kind of badge of honor…of work as a reward in itself? Well, it smacks a little too much of the infamous phrase: Arbeit Macht Frei.

    But don't let me dissuade you. Go and do whatever it is you have to do, even if that means pushing a boulder up a hill and the letting it roll back down interminably. Toil on in filthy glory…or not so filthy glory. Me, I choose to let the robots take over the dirty and repetitive jobs…and to never look back or feel bad about it.

    Although, now and then…

  • I met a man who worked at a hardware store while I was at the beach, and he seemed to be the happiest person alive.

  • I like M.R. attitude on life and the way he looks at things. The Common Sense thinking is way out of step with Government thinking.

  • Look at muckraking journalism of the early 1900s if you want to know what the industrial workplace looked like without worker safety (and consumer safety!) regulations. Journalists who reported on this grossly unethical behavior by companies were threatened by the companies they reported on. This is part of the historical record.

  • I agree with Rowe that you should never be ashamed of doing low-skilled jobs. I vehemently disagree with him that you deserve mere pennies for doing them. Companies don't earn revenue without workers. Pay them accordingly.

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