Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

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Mike Rowe the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how its been unjustifiably degraded in society today.


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I’m an electrician. Mike Rowe is dead on.

A year ago I was on a job at a high school (the same I went to) when a classmate who became a teacher saw me working. We talked and he asked me what happened. I was so good in school and would’ve done well in college, he said. I didn’t tell him, but I made over double what he makes without the debt. During my apprenticeship I worked 50 hour weeks while also taking classes twice a week after work.

To many people, the trades are for people who failed in life or weren’t intelligent enough to go to college. Its what people who can’t think do for a living. I can’t even begin to explain how wrong that is nor how good of a career a person can have in the trades. I am constantly challenged to think through very practical problems. I use math and science daily. I must be able to read and understand everything from architectural plans to circuitry diagrams to equipment manuals.

I made 104k last year at age 36. I owned my own home without a mortgage and was married by 28. My children will have every avenue available to them as they grow up, be it college or trades or anything else, because I can save for their education starting from before they were even born. I have challenging and fulfilling work, and at the end of a day I can look at what I had done and feel as though I accomplished something useful and needed. I’ll retire by age 55 easily if I so desire with a healthy pension.

I can live with the mockery. Any of you looking for a good career absolutely should look into the trades. Welders especially are in high demand. You can make obscene money if you weld, especially if you specialize into something like hazardous or underwater welding. I know some mid-20s guys that made over 150k welding last year on a bridge.

Author — Jordan Breon

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The man reached enlightenment through some lamb balls on his face.

Author — Pinarron

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My very first job I was supposed to be a carpenter's apprentice. My boss was my carpentry teacher in high school. I was stoked and was only 16. I arrive at his house bright and early on Saturday with my ride who also worked for him for 5+ years. I had new tools and my lunch with me. He comes out and walks me over to a small field next to his home, carrying a sledge hammer. All kinds of thoughts racing through my head. "You see all these large rocks and boulders? I'm building a garage in this field and need them all smashed into smaller rocks so I can remove them. We'll be back in 8 hours." Then he and his other worker left. I thought it was a joke, but there I stood in the field with dozens of boulders the size of picnic tables. So I began. I'd love to say it was cool and cloudy but it wasn't. After 4 hours I stopped to eat my lunch, also stopping occasionally to drink water. Sure enough after 8 hours both he and his worker returned and I had cleared the field and reduced all the boulders down to basketball sized rocks. Hands covered in blisters. He thanked me and paid me what we agreed on per hour and said nothing else. On our way home I asked his other worker who gave me a ride what the deal was. "Was I ever going to learn actual carpentry or was I just going to be used for manual labor?" He told me with a smile, "Smashing those rocks all day wasn't your job, it was your audition". Sure enough the next weekend I started learning roofing, siding, building additions, remolding kitchens, ect. I worked for him for 7 1/2 years before he retired and I moved on and worked for a component manufacturer for the next 20+ years. The skills I learned with him I've used my entire adult life from hanging doors, sheetrock, trim and moldings, windows, you name it. In life you will always have those days of smashing rocks in the hot sun, how you handle it will also show you how you'll handle just about everything that comes your way.

Author — wingmanalive

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Mike Rowe for President 2024 "Make America work again."

Author — Chevy Buff

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This guy is a phenomenal speaker. That twenty minute speech seemed like just a few.

Author — Charlie5thumbs

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bring back the apprenticeship system, stop talking people into college

Author — Sheepdog1314

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The ranchers were probably wondering why this guy doesn’t just spit the balls out of his mouth already.

Author — Derick F

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16:44 "How many people have their BlackBerry" and that's how you know this video is 10 years old

Author — Ceol

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I would probably vote for Mike Row if he ran for president

Author — IntensePeppers

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Abraham Lincoln once said, ‘character is like a tree and reputation like its shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing’.

Author — martha monson

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And here we are 10 years after this was aired, and we are still lacking and losing trade schools and jobs. College is great, but not for all, let's get back to the professions that carried this country on their backs.

Author — Bill L.

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I know this is 10 years or so old but it’s good to see someone acknowledging the real ‘workers’ in life.

Author — Marcia Doyle

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Im a welder. Proud of my skill. Dude is dead on.

Author — jason lee

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Mike Rowe is a legend. He is intelligent, articulate, and educated, yet he commits to these jobs that most people would never do for any amount of money. I love this guy.

Author — Slinging Lead

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When he said "Blackberry" I had to pause and look at the upload date. This video has aged well; a decade old and still has comments and engagement from seconds ago

Author — megaFAUCET

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As someone who works in a highly dangerous job I can say that half the “safety” regulations that OSHA enforces actually make our job more dangerous.

Author — Crown Arboriculture

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Definitely an old-school, roll up your sleeves, hard working intellect.

Author — Tom M

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oh god, my nuts have phantom pains going through them

Author — Southern Fried Media

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He definitely knows what he's talking about, be a lowly mover\truck driver, I was able, with my beautiful wife, to raise 3 kids, yes, my body's a little beat up, but, that comes with the job, but, I loved my job, I still do, , how many people can say that, I actually looked forward to going to work ! I'm 55, and I can still out work ALOT of younger guys, and, so many of the more "intelligent"people, couldn't figure out how to get ' item "B" into location "'C", and, I have worked with, and met, ALOT of great people.
Met some celebrities, sports athletes, AND, THE BEST PART, I GOT PAID, TO WORK OUT!!

Author — Guy Brooks

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Such a balanced and intellectually sound person. Mike Rowe - you would have my vote and likely a lot of others.

Author — RedSox Fan