Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

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

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.

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.

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

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

Archon of Dread : I miss Dirty Jobs.

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.

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

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

FelineHYPER : Dirty jobs aren't for everyone, but everyone should know about them. Sheltering kids from dirty work, shaming these professions will not only weaken our infrastructure, but also polarize our society in a way that will benefit no one. People often overlook the intelligence of blue collar workers. Many of these guys and gals have immense knowledge and experience in their fields, some of the wisest individuals you'll ever come across. There will always be laborers and intellectuals.

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

thiagov6123 : Mike Rowe for president 2020

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.

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

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.

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.

ransom wright : Mike Rowe is a national treasure.

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

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.

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.

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

myinfinitestate : This Talk is so relevant to “today”.....It has no Expiration Date! What a novel concept: Appreciate “the working man” who’s actually the genius behind what makes this massive world function....

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

Classic rock Lover : Is there anything sexier than an honest, hard working, blue collar man? ...

M Ouija : The thing that I say during interviews that leaves people speechless is when they ask me "how much money do you make doing that?" and my reply is "I don't know, I never thought about it." It's like a hobby isn't viable unless cash is involved. I don't see a problem with pursuing a hobby for the sake of fun. The problem starts at the 15-20 year mark where you get good enough at your pastime that people expect you to make money from it, and the most unfortunate part is when you've been doing it for over 20 years and the interviewer subconsciously expresses disappointment. Sponsorships don't grow on trees. Most people are incapable of grasping the idea that a master would be willing to engage in an activity for the sake of personal enjoyment without compensation. I should note that I do produce art to buy something I'd like and do a few commission jobs a year for unexpected expenses, but 90% of the time I pay my own way.

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.

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

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.

Matt L : I want a 2 hour TED talk from Mike Rowe!!!!

S. Smith : that was blatantly...AWESOME! I could have listened to hours more of it.

MonieLue78 : I miss that show!

Dr Zombiecakes : I was an electrician, dump truck driver, gardener, and missionary before I became a doctor (I went to college a bit later in life). I like to think all these experiences have made me a better physician.

Matt Cardell : Was a farmer for years and it was the best thing ever. Just a shame here in the UK it doesn't pay the bills

Former Communist : I may be straight, but this man has one sexy voice.

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

Julian Benabides : He's a wonderful speaker. But, personally, I don't see manual jobs making a comeback in America unless the unions are also able to make a comeback.

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

jeffg24LT21 : Most positive Youtube video along with possibly the most positive Youtube comment section I have ever seen...

Jerome Brotton : Why is this guy not in the White House. Mike Rowe for President!

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.

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

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]

Kenny Kinnee : Mike for president

incaroads : I often tell people that the job I have now (in a warm, dry audio booth) is better than pounding nails in the freezing rain (done it many times); but I've never been entirely convinced that I was telling the truth. And now I'm definitely rethinking that statement altogether.