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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36 COMMENTS

  1. When the world goes to crap who's going to build your shelter and dig your well? The builder or the software developer?

  2. BEST TED TALK I'VE EVER SEEN.
    Who knew someone that has seen so much literal crap and just overall horrors of this world, who knew that he had a mind for something beyond what all the executives and all the brokers, all the investors, the traders, the so called leaders, who actually knew that he would understand more about getting something done than they could ever figure out. It has always been about being on site, being in the action, getting dirty. A truly Inspiring man.

  3. I started work as an apprentice tool maker right after high school and retired last year with NEVER having one day on unemployment . Blue collar !!!!

  4. If that same speech was made today, in that same place, to the same people, he would have been booed off stage.

  5. I grew up with Dirty Jobs. Literally I can’t remember a time before watching it while growing up. It taught me so much about the world and about how the jobs you never think about affect it. Nothing but respect for this glorious man.

  6. The crab boat captain's job is to get the worker home alive, rich and dead doesn't count except for the live captain.. The captain is a jerk.

  7. "Follow your passion" interesting concept I know of a man, a lieutenant colonel. He worked that way up to the ranks after 42 years military service started in Vietnam was a P.O.W. for 9 months. Continued in the military until he retired 2009. He has throughout his life 79 broken bones, 7 gsw's, he has been literally blown up 2x, rin over or hit by vehicles, survided prostate cancer, seen 27 + members of his family pass away orurdered., 3x purple hearts, 2x bronze star silver star. Personally shook the hands of 5 presidents…you would think after marvelous career that he would want to take some time off enjoy his retirement. This a very unassuming man very quiet very humble, reserved, no sense of humor whatsoever volunteers with the Wounded Warriors Project and delivers Meals on Wheels to other disabled veterans. I have only seen this man get angry,maybe 5x in 30 years, but when he does he,is quite literally the scariest person on the planet. This 5'7", 170lb man who knows how to kill you in less in 7 Seconds 119 different. He reminds me of Hugh Grant w/ a cat. you would think that he would doing top level security or high-end defense Contracting. Well no, he followed his 2 passions in life. He makes all natural popsicles and is a worm farmer… he followed his passion.

  8. I watched Dirty Jobs growing up and loved how insightful and genuine it was. He always treated the laborers with respect and did the work like they did it. No shortcuts, no attempts to make it less messy. Most importantly, it really showed that a lot of these people do it because they are good at it, they like/love the job for a variety of reasons, and their work pays well. No one should be ashamed of having a dirty job just because it does not fit our traditional views of glamorous work.
    I am going the college degree Business route, but specializing in Supply Chain Management. I like how people-oriented it is and the opportunities it provides to accomplish a variety of tasks in a variety of workplace settings. I may be in an office making PPTs one week, but in a partner's factory the next talking to the maintenance crew. Also, it is one of the highest paying majors among both business and non-business majors (outside law and medicine). It is still relatively new and small compared to other majors, but I think it is going to gain traction in the future.
    I have never held a dirty job before, but I did volunteer in a community garden in East Texas for a year from morning to afternoon. While I can't say I understand most manual laborers, I do get some of what Mike is saying. For example, our work was pretty predictable even with seasonally changing tasks. There is always a bed to water and something to harvest. It can actually be quite relaxing once you set your own pace. The seasonal tasks mix it up once in a while. I also wore thick cotton overalls to protect my clothes and skin, even in peak temperatures. It can be rough at first if you aren't used to it, but your body will adapt surprisingly quickly. If you work in a job that makes you sweat and get dirty you will also slowly stop noticing how bad you smell until someone reminds you. Getting dirty just means you worked hard and accomplished a lot. This is more in the comments, but I can see what people are saying about OSHA standards not always being practical for a particular job. Our master gardeners recommended gloves, but never forced us to wear them 24/7. It was good for harvesting from thick plants with little visibility and laying mulch to protect ourselves from bug bites or stings. However, I preferred to weed beds without them. Gloves cut off 90% of the sense of touch and hinder dexterity for fine movements. Our beds also had fire ants (got one stuck in a glove once), so I would like to be able to perform tasks quickly and swat ants off me easily if needed.

  9. Why do so many 'educated' people look down on blue collar? Intellectual insecurity. If you have ever bamboozled a teacher into thinking you read the assigned book because you filled a whole page of 'analysis' with cliches and quotes from the teacher, and compared it to ANY blue collar job—a job there is no bamboozling—where it is obvious if something does or does not work—A job anyone can judge your competence—you know in your heart you might not be smart enough to be blue collar.

  10. Imagine the needless suffering if the law required every sheep farmer to castrate the "right" way…But possibly some places it is and every shepherd keeps a bundle of bands just for inspectors to see,
    Too many rural workers are forced out of business because of other, equally wrong, regulations that sound good in theory, but the real world consequences are equally horrific.
    Sometimes "nice" ain't nice at all, just applied cruel ignorance.

  11. the 3 construction jobs i had my bosses we're either drug addicts who were awful to be around or cheap fucks who had to be reminded numerous times to pay me

  12. That’s always been how it was. I have to feed my kids first. For the next 20 years and I can do that with 9 or heaven forbid 8 fingers.

  13. I'm surprised the far-left outrage mob of Twitter and Reddit aren't bombarding the comments section yet.

  14. Kids don't realise that for every youtube star thousands have tried and failed. Mike's right on about too many kids going to college and not enough doing apprenticeships but it's worse than that. Kids are seeing youtubers pranking and instagrammers "influencing" by showing their bodies and think they can just make a video and be successful. Instant money, fame and successes is being dangled in front of their faces and they don't realize it actually takes hard work to succeed

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