Mike Rowe Quotations – Video: TEDTalk Learning from Dirty Jobs

Mike Rowe is a TV host, writer, narrator, producer, actor and spokesman. In his show “Dirty Jobs”, he traveled to all 50 states and completed 300 different jobs, transforming cable television into a landscape of swamps, sewers, ice roads, coal mines, oil derricks, crab boats, hillbillies, and lumberjack camps.
– From the Bio of Mike Rowe

At the risk of being glib, I would say if you really want to make America great again, you have to make work cool again.

… if we don’t have appreciation… If we’re not blown away by the miracle that occurs when we flick the switch and the lights come on; if we’re not gobsmacked by flushing the toilet and seeing all of it go away; when we start losing our appreciation for those things, the gap deepens. And I think the gap right now is extraordinary.

How are we ever going to accomplish anything in this incredibly divisive time if we associate only with people that we don’t disagree with?

In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said ‘Hey — we can see you,’ to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible. Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
– Interview with the Washington Times –

Not all knowledge comes from college.

Passion is too important to be without, but too fickle to be guided by. Which is why I’m more inclined to say, ‘Don’t Follow Your Passion, But Always Bring it With You.’

The search for truth in cyberspace will take you through the wormhole, and there’s nothing on the other side but pedants and nitpickers and bottomless ambiguity. If you’re not careful, you’ll spend all your time proving everything and understanding nothing.

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.

We are lending money we don’t have to kids who can’t pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That’s nuts.

We need to tell better stories of men and women who master a trade. We have to stop telling kids to blindly follow their passion and show them the opportunities that exist. That was the big, overarching message of ‘Dirty Jobs.’

We’ve become slowly and inexorably and profoundly disconnected from a lot of very basic things that, when I grew up, I was really connected to – like where my food comes from, where my energy comes from, basic history, basic curiosity, you know? The things that fundamentally allow us to assume a level of appreciation that, in my view, is the best way to bridge those gaps.

Why does a chicken coop only have two doors? … Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.

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    • A lot of people want him to run for President in 2024. He says he’s not interested and the best thing he can do for his country is get shop class back into high schools. (He has a foundation that promotes trades – mikeroweWORKS.)

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