Mike Rowe: We've Declared War On Work

in Food For Thought

In Dec 2008, Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs gave a provocative talk on castrating lambs, ancient philosophy, and why “following your passion” was the worst advice he ever received.

Watch the film and leave your comments!

  • http://www.bicycletouringpro.com Darren Alff

    Sean, I just found your site and I love it! I am a young guy myself (now 25) and felt much the same way you did when I graduated from college at the age of 21. I didn’t work 52 different jobs, but I did decide to ride my bike to as many places as I could and have as many experiences as possible along the way.

    As I write this I have traveled through 29 of the 50 United States on my bike… and travled to over a dozen countries around the world.

    As I write this, I am currently sitting in an apartment I’ve rented for a month in Vienna, Austria… and I’m planning to head to Slovenia and Croatia after that.

    Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself, tell you how great I think what you are doing is… and cheer you on! Keep up the great work!

  • http://www.constructioncomedy.com Carmen

    We need to increase manufacturing in this country. One reason the economy has crashed is that we sent a majority of our blue collar jobs overseas or to Mexico. There are plenty of people who are interested in working with their hands and actually creating something. We have declared war on work but those who are still interested in working find a way.
    The government has made it difficult for manufacturing and blue collar work. There are too many environmental restrictions placed on US companies so they build their plants in Mexico or send the work to China. Where does that leave the guy who truly has an interest in building cars or tvs or making steel? He sits at home pissed off that he can’t find work or that if he wants to work he has to reinvent himself as a salesman or some other job he hates. He then becomes frustrated and angry, drinks to calm down and becomes a shadow of himself -unhappy,broke and disenchanted. The people in power keep making bs promises that never pan out and the masses continually get sucked in. The younger people don’t really get it and the older people are too tired to fight so status quo. I usually try to make people laugh to help cover the pain but the pain is beginning to be so large that you’d have to be insane to believe that laughter is the only medicine needed right now. We need people to be strong and to take a stance for what they believe is right and act on it. Thanks for posting this video it is inspiring.