Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

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Shannon Sisk : Mike Rowe for president. He understands the working class

Tony Romano : Today is August 21, 2018 and this talk seems as poignant as ever. I needed to see this, especially now, because truth and sincerity seem lost.

Jerry Ray : I am a wastewater treatment operator. Every day I have to throw a bucket into a tank containing 250,000 gallons of sewage to get lab samples. Then I have to incubate those samples and grow live E Coli bacteria. Everyone I tell what I do is disgusted and say no way they would do it. But I have peace with it, I make great money, and I am entrusted to do my best to make sure the job is done right and what is discharged into the river is as clean as I can make it.

Ze Bunker : 1970's - no GED warehouse worker $30/hr with union support great benefits. firm stable job to build a family with and own a house. his wife would stay with him because he made a mans wage. Kids did not grow up in a broken home. Brand new car every 3 years. Savings. Vacations. A life. 2010s - Masters degree warehouse worker $11/hr no union, part-time contract. forced to sign mandatory arbitration agreement to work. can't get married or have kids, lives with 4 roomates till 50 years old. Can get fired anytime for any reason. Works 60-80hrs a week. With a side job on the weekend. Drives a 20 year old car. No life.

Charlie5thumbs : This guy is a phenomenal speaker. That twenty minute speech seemed like just a few.

dmoney8766 : Apprentice for a day will have you hooked. Apprentice for a year will drive you away. In the course of a year as a plumbing apprentice I saw a coworker nearly loose his arm. He brushed against a dirty pipe and got a terrible case of mrsa. I saw a boom lift come down on top of someone’s head and nearly kill them. I saw too many guys addicted to drugs. I saw my boss cut off his thumb with a circular saw. I saw a co workers arms get broken with a core driller. I got chromate poisoning from concrete. The few days I came home with a sense of accomplishment did not outweigh the days when I came home feeling defeated. I love that someone is out there supporting the hard working men and women of America, but I have to say the rewards of blu collar jobs do not shadow the risks. That’s my opinion and I know that differs amongst many others. Just know that Mr. Rowe’s wonderful speech does not necessarily portray the true reality of manual labor.

Archon of Dread : I miss Dirty Jobs.

Shawn Neal : Semi-retired Sr Network Engineer after 25 years. Thanks to Mike Rowe, I'm currently training to be a welder. The guy is an inspiration.

Rose White : Why are there so many dislikes on this video??? That was one of the best ted talks I’ve ever heard!

BlueTeamPlayer : "I called PETA just for fun" The best tv line I've heard this month XD

Eating with hands : its not a bad thing to be a nobody who just works for a living. You are still important to your loved ones, isnt that enough?

david lincoln brooks : This guy is a superb orator. So gifted. So exceptionally bright. And that voice he has!

Willswalkingwest : Someone who knows the meaning of anagnorisis and peripeteia biting lamb testicles off. I like that.

Mike CorLeoné : If only he knew what 10 years from then would bring..

Joseph Beard : One of the most simply profound and practical TED talk ever. Here's one for the working class.

SoralTheSol : "Son, My job is not to get you home alive, it is to get you home rich. If you want to get home alive, that's on you." Yeah I would probably be all about safety at that point too.

blooneyful : I work in the dirt and mud in the freezing and sweltering weather 13 hours a day....I am well respected for the work that I do, I feel satisfied knowing that I am doing genuine, honest, labor. However that's not so suggest that other (honest) work other than laborious work is not as honorable.

Dessin Karms : Some of the comments down her are simply appalling. I’ve grown up with a blue collar, military family way back down to my great grandfather, whom served in WWI. My family has been the labor for multiple generations turning America into what it is. When people go on here and interpret Mike as to saying “they (management) wanna make you rich!” Is a slap in the face of his message. What he’s saying is have respect for those who do jobs that risk their lives, and that there should be safety out there. That was from his metaphor bringing up the crab fisherman. Sure, your physical body will begin to break down and you’ll feel the wear and tear. But if it makes you happy to do your job, and contribute to society in that way, by all means do it. I’m currently a college student taking physics courses, with the aspirations of becoming a scientist for the military. To help pay for school, I work at a steel mill throughout the summer. Easily accumulate 60-80 hrs a week, working with others who’ve been there forever. They never wanted to study, or have a job managing numbers, or running experiments in their labs. They want to work with their hands and couldn’t be happier doing it. THATS the key here, to do what makes you happy. Money has a way of working out after taking advantage of opportunities and working hard (barring social injustices). If your company constantly has health and safety hazards, then OSHA should be present. Bottom line, keeping employees alive is cheaper than paying them workers comp, so employers WANT employees to stay safe on paper. If your company doesn’t care or didn’t educate you about OSHA, that’s a bad company to work for. I go through so many courses where people are so miserable, yet think without the degree they’ll never be successful. Newsflash, after taking out student debt, the college grad brings in similar pay stubs. Sure, the college grad can pay them off, then get a few promotions and stay until retirement. While that’s happening, the laborer works for raises, becomes foreman, then managers. Earning similar pay. It’s about what you want to do, just know because you go to college doesn’t automatically better than anyone else. Just more educated. I go to school with people whom are miserable, and work with ex cons who are grateful. What a chunk of the viewers need to realize is the best source to happy living is being happy.

Gkkiux : Thanks, I didn't want those nacho cheese balls anyways

thiagov6123 : Mike Rowe for president 2020

Alex Morales : I am a mechanic its not worth the money or the stress. Reduce the pressure of the job and pay better we will stay. I love problem solving issues this is why I liked my job at one point.

Marlon Fuller : i love this ted talk and im a fan of mike rowe but why is it that as soon as everyone likes someone they think he should run for president?

Michael Doherty : The hardest work is poorly paid (Coalminers) and the easiest jobs (Banking) is the best paid. Face it we are in an upside down inside out universe.

Eric Evans : Can you imagine if someone who's actually experienced what Mike Rowe has were to get into office how much his insight would benefit the country? I know he said he doesn't want to run for any political position, but if he did he would have my vote without question.

Gary Odle : I have a Master's degree and for fifteen years I worked as a professional and was miserable. Then I took a five-week course and got an FAA Airline Dispatcher License and have considered myself as one of the fortunate few because my new jobs have filled me with joy. I followed my heart and hated where I ended up. I went where I was needed and found a deep sense of contentment. Mike is right.

63142 : MY son works for broc. My youngest son is contracted to broc. One builds scaffolds the other is gate guard. Where I live the plants are where the money is at. Anyone that makes good money around here works at the plants. My father and both brothers were pipe fitters. I was married to a boiler maker. I know welders, pipe fitters, operators, Truck drivers, Scaffold builders, Fire watch , hole watch, safety men, and their helpers. My father made sure I knew how to fit pipe. We don't call plumbers, we fix it our selves. I fixed a pipe last week. No big deal, just take the tool box full of assorted parts under the house cut the pipe that busted, get your pipe joint ( connector ) sand the inside, sand the out side of the pipe , both of the cut ends. Put glue on the pipe and glue in the joint and plug both ends of the pipe into the connector, wait two hours to turn the water on and your done. It was harder to get under the house than it was to fix the pipe. BY the way I'm a girl. I crawled on my belly through mud and ant beds into a smelly dark place just so I could have running water in my house. It was a dirty job but I did it. I have done it before and I'll have to do it again. Thanks Dad for teaching me dozens of things I never thought I needed to know but I did. You were an amazing man.( I also wanted to mention I did all this with a broken leg. Yep I dragged my broken leg through the mud, under a house with ants , spiders daddy long legs, and two very noisy cats. I had to, if I wanted water the job had to be done. ) All the while being yelled at by my very worried nephew. Just hold the light son and hand me the hack saw.

Butternut Squanch : If you can get a job you like and the boss / managers like you and you are happy stay. Most jobs are not this at all.

austin taylor : Mike Rowe the Ultimate job hopper😂😂😂

Paul Shay : we need more Mike Rowes in the world.

Targun Yssboern : Is the infrastructure bad because there is not enough skilled tradesmen or is it because it's just underfunded because taxes are evil? Is the OSHA really about crab boats or is it about working conditions in factories, where no worker ever is going to get rich?

Richard Mattingly : Sorry Mike but you were working with the owners of a business more than those they'd hire to do the work that it made you rather clueless and out of touch. It's Dirty Jobs biggest fault because those he did worked beside with weren't scraping along like many blue collar workers do month after month. Perhaps if he did a series called Real Jobs where he'd flipped fast food burgers , cleaned hotel rooms, and did back breaking seasonal work he would realize how screwed many people are. Rowe is a fool because his real message is shut up and don't question why your not doing as well as past generation who once were getting ahead doing the same jobs but aren't anymore is telling.

nope nope : I can't figure out why people downvote someone telling a personal account of something. Are upvotes and downvotes indicative of peoples intelligence? oh..wait a second.

Alexander Stewart : The problem is he works with the owners and the highest ranking people at these jobs. He sees the best of the worst and then says, it’s not so bad. Being the owner or top skilled/paid person for any job isn’t that bad and it’s easier to see the bright side. Being a pig farmer doesn’t sound bad when you own the farm and you are a millionaire. When you get the privileges of being an apprentice to the highest skilled people and they respect you and are star struck by you, it’s much easier to be positive about the work you are doing. It’s also easier with the mental security blanket of having millions of dollars. It’s like he wants to be praised by the working class because he has done some of their jobs once, with a tv crew and a bonus check from the tv network for $150,000 for a couple days skilled work. Then people praise him because he shines light on an overlooked class even though he doesn’t belong to it. I wonder if he had a terrible back injury or lost a finger on one of his filming sessions if he would change his mind on glorifying the dirty jobs.

Alan Mccarthy : I loved watching Dirty Jobs with my kids. This is a speach that the whole world needs to hear.

Do My Nails : That was 2009. What was the problem with creating those jobs then? Was it the unwillingness for bosses to pay people what they are worth? Was it the fact that companies look for cheaper labor to make bigger profits? Was it the fact that companies were moving their factories to china and Mexico so it costs next to nothing to manufacture goods? Or was it the fact that there was no government money to fund some of these jobs? I look at 2018 and think that we still need those jobs. Why do politicians promote free college because former students are in so much debt? Why are they not keeping up with the needs of the working class? And how are they convincing half the population that it's all Trump's fault? How about recognizing that our politicians are not doing their jobs and we are paying them for the privilege of deciding how to spend our money? Shouldn't it be the opposite? Are we so complacent that we just don't care or is it that we are so bogged down with the things that matter to them and not to us? This is critical and we need to change it. Like yesterday.

J : Not only is this a great representation of the jobs people have, but it is extremely deep and introspective

Erick726 : It's not a war on work. What do workers want? A living wage at minimum. What do corporations want? To pay their workers as little as possible. You have Trump and other conservatives wanting to lower the minimum wage. If anything it's a war on the working class's quality of life.

wkvalader : Mike Rowe for President! Make it happen Americans. Make it happen.

ransom wright : Mike Rowe is a national treasure.

billythedog : what utter non sense, MIke rowe followed his dream and his net worth is 35 million

Michael Doherty : Farmers could teach you a few things boy.

Robert Clolery : I will vote for this guy any time any where .

J K Martinson : Rowe is right. I'm a carpenter. Made $103,000 last year with a 15 min commute.

Arthur Mario : I agree about dignity of all jobs, but not at all on safety.

Robert Z : Back before youtube got flooded by TEDx garbage....

By Way Of Deception : Have we made any progress in the infrastructure over the past ten years?

Kenny Kinnee : Mike for president

maestoso-allegro : He's got a great point about "war on work". Even though I think the term Millenial has annoying connotations, my fellow members of the Millennial generation and I have been raised to consider such "blue collar" jobs to be below us. We're supposed to go to college right after high school, "get a degree! Follow your dreams!" Harsh reality is there may not be a demand for my passions, and degrees are no longer a guarantee. We should be more thankful to find any kind of work, rather than trying to get promoted instantly [and I mean that last part, because there are too many of my peers who expect to be near the top of companies before they hit thirty. Just because it's possible doesn't mean it's probable]

Marko Jokanovic : Why wouldn't we make this man the next president? I mean, they are all story tellers but at least this one is pleasant to listen.

MonieLue78 : I miss that show!