Mike Rowe: Society Looks Down on Hard Work

For years, Mike Rowe has railed against the need for everyone to go to college.

It’s not that he necessarily has anything against education, but it is a lot of fish entering a very small pond.

To that point, many of the labor shortages we see today are in blue-collar jobs, which Rowe blames on the perception society has created for getting your hands dirty at work.

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Mike Rowe made a nice living promoting jobs where people have to get their hands dirty.

“Dirty Jobs” was the start of much more than a show for Rowe, as it created his legacy and helped him realize that we need more people to be willing to do hard work.

Rowe stated, “There’s something in us, it’s the fault in our stars, you know, where we begin to resent the very thing we rely upon.

“My career has been spent mostly trying to find the workers who are out of sight and therefore out of mind, just tapping the country on the shoulder and saying, ‘hey! What about him? What about her? Check these guys out.'”

He continued, “Look this whole problem, this disconnect, this skills gap, 11 million open jobs, this isn’t a mystery.

“This is a reflection of what we value.

“And our country has become disconnected from the kinds of jobs that you’re talking about right now.

“We’re not properly gobsmacked when we turn on the switch and the lights turn on, or when we flush the toilet and it all goes away.

“So, it’s no great mystery why our kids aren’t eager to fill these positions, we take them for granted, ourselves.”

One of the greatest pieces of advice I ever heard regarding work came from Rowe.

I am paraphrasing here, but he basically stated that rather than chasing your passion, find a need in society, become great at filling that need, and turn that into your passion.

That is how you create success rather than chasing success.

Source: The Blaze

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