We are lending money we don't have to kids who can't pay it back to train them for jobs that no longer exist. That's nuts.

— Mike Rowe

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Some jobs pay better, some jobs smell better, and some jobs have no business being treated like careers. But work is never the enemy, regardless of the wage. Because somewhere between the job and the paycheck, there’s still a thing called opportunity, and that’s what people need to pursue.


Passion is too important to be without, but too fickle to be guided by.

Which is why I’m more inclined to say, 'Don’t Follow Your Passion, But Always Bring it With You.'


Dirt used to be a badge of honor. Dirt used to look like work. But we've scrubbed the dirt off the face of work and consequently we've created this suspicion of anything that's too dirty.

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You don't follow your passion. You take it with you.


The flaw in our character is our insistence on separating blue-collar jobs from white-collar jobs, and encouraging one form of education over another.


If we are lending money that ostensibly we don't have to kids who have no hope of making it back in order to train them for jobs that clearly don't exist, I might suggest that we've gone around the bend a little bit.


I wouldn't wish any specific thing for any specific person - it's none of my business. But the idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane. It's insane.


Don't follow your passion, but always bring it with you.


Opportunity usually shows up in overalls and looking like work.


Anything worth doing hurts a little.


People with dirty jobs are happier than you think. As a group, they're the happiest people I know.


Not all knowledge comes from college.


People like to cherry-pick the parts of their career that they're either in the midst of or that they're the most proud of, but the truth is careers and lives are tapestries.


About Mike Rowe

Quotes 41 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

My mothers dad dropped out of the eighth grade to work.

He had to. By the time he was 30, he was a master electrician, plumber, carpenter, mason, mechanic. That guy was, to me, a magician. Anything that was broken, he could fix. Anybody anywhere in our community knew that if there was a problem, Carl was there to fix it.


Michael Brown and Eric Garner died because they got into a confrontation that could have been easily avoided. That's what made their deaths so tragic.


I'm looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.


The search for truth in cyberspace will take you through the wormhole, and there's nothing on the other side but pedants and nitpickers and bottomless ambiguity. If you're not careful, you'll spend all your time proving everything and understanding nothing.


It’s about, when did it make sense to say one size fits everybody? It never ever ever made sense to do that, and yet we’re still selling education the same way we sold it when you and I were in high school.


It's funny; it's a real balancing act. In TV, everybody's talking about authenticity. In order to make 'Dirty Jobs' authentic, I really can't be overly informed. The minute I am, I become a host It's a very tricky business paying a tribute to work, because TV is very bad at it.


Most of the things I do brand wise are both missionary and mercenary in their position, and that's really important to me; that's one of the first things I look at when I say, 'does it make sense to do a deal?'


Short-cuts lead to long delays.


There's really not a difference between an octopus and, like, a giant pile of snot.


You've got a lot of very, very smart people standing by waiting for somebody else to do the work. Not a recipe for long-term solvency in my opinion.


I rarely do anything on the show by myself.

I dont want it to be about me. Squatting in the sewer in San Francisco, its really hot, were up to our knees in a river of crap. Rats and cockroaches are all over. I would never, ever walk into that environment, except for the fact that the guy who does it every day is squatting next to me.


Good jobs look a lot like kids playing and adults working.


The thing that makes 'Dirty Jobs' different is that it's one of the few shows that portrays work in a way that doesn't highlight the drudgery. Instead, it highlights the humor.


I come from a blue collar family, but my personal life isn't.

I didn't get the gene that my grandfather had in spades. He was a local hero. Built the church that I went to. Built the house I grew up in. Steamfitter, pipefitter, electrician, mechanic and plumber. I wanted to do those things. But it just didn't come easy.


I'm allergic to rocks hitting me in the face.


Always flat front. You've got to be deeply suspicious of a man who consciously goes with pleats. Why would you do that?


I think a trillion dollars of student loans and a massive skills gap are precisely what happens to a society that actively promotes one form of education as the best course for the most people. I think the stigmas and stereotypes that keep so many people from pursuing a truly useful skill, begin with the mistaken belief that a four-year degree is somehow superior to all other forms of learning.


Innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time.


Im a B-list celebrity trying to give it an honest look.

They see me do actual work. ... I try to be the viewer with a microphone.


Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that’s consistent with those beliefs. Many people today resent the suggestion that they’re in charge of the way they feel.Those people are mistaken. That was a big lesson and I learned it several hundred times before it stuck. What you do, who you’re with, and how you feel about the world around you, is completely up to you.


Some jobs are just too hideous to contemplate.


Nobody makes a turd like that and lives.


I always complain because I'm old now and everything hurts.


What you do, who you’re with, and how you feel about the world around you, is completely up to you.


Happiness comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that's consistent with those beliefs.


The skills gap is a reflection of what we value.

To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work.


Why does a chicken coop only have two doors? .

.. Because if it had four doors, it would be a chicken sedan.


I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it's a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.