Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe
20 minute talk seems to go buy in no more than a few and seems as poignant as ever

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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. Check out more TED Talks: http://www.ted.com The TED Talks channel features the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes (or less). Look for talks on Technology, Entertainment and Design -- plus science, business, global issues, the arts and more. Follow TED on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/TEDTalks Like TED on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TED Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/TED


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.

Slinging Lead : 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.

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

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

Mallory McGuire : Can you please deliver this speech at high school commencement cermonies?

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.

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.

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

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

Cletus Kasady : This would have been the greatest graduation speech ever.

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?

Brgnalf81 : I never knew Mike Rowe was such a philosopher... Damn, Now I need a book from him.

Tiffani R. : Mike Rowe...please run for president and fix the ultimate dirty job, (fixing this country)! Mike Rowe for president!

IntensePeppers : I would probably vote for Mike Row if he was running for president

Chris Corbett : The government way is almost always the wrong way

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

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

Archon of Dread : I miss Dirty Jobs.

anonymous asian : This man is a walking encyclopedia. Also it was a great speech, thank you very much.

mrkrabz123 : To anyone who reads this comment: Being considered a “hard worker” is one of the best compliments you can ever receive. Everyone is born to a different financial situation and some people are born with more intelligence than others, but it’s those who work hard and make an honest living that make our society so great. A big thank you to all those blue collar workers out there!

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

DJ Corner : Rowe is one of the most intelligent, sincere, underrated speakers and thinkers we have. Great video, sir.

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.

Ryan Wilson : Mike has been my Hero since the first time I heard him open his mouth so many years ago. Humility and wisdom have never had a better champion

Blaine Hammond : As a mechanic, my tool box is still full of iron and steel, but all the tools, digital and not, are just as important. My blood and sweat are just as sacred as my mind and time.

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....

CALViN : I need to practice speaking like this: natural, strong voice, and tactfully witty.

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

killersushi99 : *So the Government wanted the farmer to do the least efficient thing. SHOCKING!!*

Brian Savage : While this was published 10 years ago today, his point is still true, we need MORE trades people "doing the jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us".

Jaybriel Akoi : Mike Rowe seems like such a legit down to earth guy.

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.

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.

Mike Crown : I'm in renovations and still find myself being talked at or beneath because I have dirt under my nails . My friends get it but not too many others. Thank you Mike Rowe. We are smart, witty, educated people who simply chose another path. Keep up the important work of your message!!

IntensePeppers : Damn, parts of this are almost like stand up, his delivery is so spot on

Semper Gumby : Technology might change the world, but manskills make the world a better place.

P. B Amygdala : Philosopher, poet, sage, leader... Genuinely connected to the working class... Can work any room... Rowe for President!

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

Nicholas Spinicelli : Such a natural speaker, I miss this guy would come back to the spotlight, I miss him.

Brandon Sweeney : Humble carpenter here, man makes a lot of sense.

Chris Corbett : I do both pest control and substitute teaching. I'm actually torn between the two. Both are great. But blue collar work might be a little better, as you get to work alone, independently, and have a peaceful day's work

Shane Knox : I remember when i was in 5th grade the teacher asked us what we wanted as a career or job when we grew up. I said construction, because i think i would like building things. The other kids laughed, thought it was a poor mans job. The teacher had to correct them, saying that it was a good job. I became an electrician at 18, foreman at 23. And now living very comfortably at 29. I love my job.

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.

Thomas Aimone : I enjoy dirty jobs, I'm a heavy diesel mechanic. It feels good to be dirty from work.

DARRELL D : Yep, sometimes it's not the destination 👍 the trick is figuring out what you love and making it into a fortunes.... gotta say dirty jobs is a intriguing show lol

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.

brian marshall : My late father used to work on farms when he was younger. I asked him about this one day when I heard it mentioned on TV. He said yeah he used to do it too. By the end of the day, you didn’t notice the taste anymore........ I was lost for words to that, and I was not one for lost words. 😂

Smaakjeks K : 10:50 "People with dirty jobs are happier" That's not surprising to me. 9-5 work where you leave work at work and go home for the day is good for you. Physical jobs where you see direct, tangible results from your labour is psychologically satisfying. If you want to work and be generally happy, get a job where you shower *after* work; not before.

David Miller : Great outlook on the working man! Happiness is completely subjective!!! Hollywood has ruined it for this generation! Gimme Gimme Gimme!!!🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️