Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe



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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49 Comments

  1. Bravo! I don't want to be the last of a dying breed. This guy literally is the only one in the limelight saying something different. Bravo Mike.

  2. please run for 2024!
    You will win

  3. Awesome video. Mike is such a fun story teller. I thoroughly enjoyed this Ted talk!!! More, more, more!!! 🙂

  4. Some of the happiest people in this world go home smelling to high heaven.

  5. Short, excruciating pain is better than lenghty, medium intensity pain IMO

  6. It may be better to not castrate livestock with bands, but with other methods such as a burdizzo or "surgically," but there is no reason to bite them off.

    Honestly, Mike Rowe's right about the importance of work, but there's nothing about society that's "anti-work," well except maybe the fact that manual labor is generally paid less because it requires less specific skill and education.

    This guy seems to be trying to create a pro-working-class ideology simply because he branded himself as pro-worker and he wants to stay relevant after his show is off the air.

  7. 1st conservative ever on TED, ever. Correct me if I'm incorrect.

  8. Rave against HR. Many HR people will eat this up but they fail to give maintenance the free hand. Fight the dying of the light. Rave rage rave against the dying of (lack of papers saying it's ok)…. Rave rave rave against the dying of the machine. To ours, our beholding ray, Ray's wraps again we hold our brow till the morning come in bitter sweet come'tail. With our eyes in sonett comupenth we balk…. Rave rage rave against the dying of the light……. … …. So much history.

  9. This brings back so many memories, I used to watch Dirty Jobs with my dad whenever it came on.

  10. Still think 90% of people would like to work less. People just get happy when someone shows an interest, especially a popular tv show. This message of OSHA third, and a war on work, you can’t think in these macro ways about nuanced issues. It’s not school budgets that killed mechanics and shop class, it’s the fact that cars are all run by private computer programs now, used to be you could fix a Ford, you could fix a Chevy, not anymore. If it were as simple as a punchline, we wouldn’t have a problem. That’s a politicians fix, which is no fix at all

  11. Notice the dead silence at his Hillary joke😂

  12. Mike Rowe for president 2020

  13. I cant tell if flat earthers are serious or just trolling

  14. That's why they pay you the big bucks !

  15. has it ever occurred to that man that maybe the first minutes are offensive thowards people against animal cruelty? this was unbearable to listen, plus with the laughters from the public, just like if he was telling a silly joke…. honestly do people even have a crumb of compassion in their hearts?? just a crumb

  16. The younger people should really pay attention to what Mr. Rowe has to say. The end all be all solution for many young people is not college. And that’s ok.

  17. That is a VERY painful way to de-ball an animal.

  18. I tell this to students all the time: "Don't major in what you love because you can easily fall out of love. Major in what you're good at. And if you're not good at anything right now, find something that can be useful to others. And if you find something there that you're good at, that's great. And if it doesn't require a college education, tell your parents to shut up about the "value" of a college degree, make that change, and go from being good at it to being the best at it." You can see who I think is at fault with our current situation..

  19. A very smart guy
    It takes everyone to get the job done, not just the rocket scientist's.

  20. Here is the "backstory" on Mike's talk at EG 2008: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QK2ftLU8Ibg
    Watch that video before you watch this one.

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

  22. 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.

  23. 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 !!!!

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

  25. One of the best TEd I have listened to.

  26. Mr. Mike Rowe, you open my mind…thank you…

  27. His huge forehead compensates for him being so open-minded

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. "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.

  31. Mike Rowe has a Mike Rowe penis

  32. Number of Feminists who protest men only working in really dirty jobs: 0

  33. Every kid in school needs to see this

  34. 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.

  35. I like Mike and dirty jobs he is a cool dude.all the best to him

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. Been there done that , being an apprentice sucks .

  39. Oddly inspiring. Pragmatic, realistic, and sensible. Thanks again Mike

  40. 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

  41. 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.

  42. WOW this is such an underrated speech

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

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