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Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

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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
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Mark Berry (5 hours ago)
Mike, I always loved watching you on Dirty Jobs! You always brought wisdom and humor into each episode. I never saw you demean anyone for a any job they may of had. I am a blue collar worker and have usually enjoyed it. Your video was also excellent!!!!!
Jon W (6 hours ago)
If Mike Rowe is real, he'll stop patronizing the working class and give up his $100,000.00 or so an episode exploiting the working class. It's easy when your rich to go around and claim understanding and support for the working class- Give it up Mike and take up a shovel- If not, stop exploiting for "YOUR" financial benefit!!
Joshua A. Kennedy (1 day ago)
I feel you Mike, we need to go back to our roots. One thing i have learned is freedom has many versions. First version is the freedom within your own mind. Second one is financial freedom and last one is freedom from the market. Our forefather who wrote the Declaration of independence knew what freedom truly was.
Lone Wolf0823 (1 day ago)
Lol this is so funny!!!! I watched this clip he's talking about studying vetrinary med!!!!! Lol
Rohn Daughtry (3 days ago)
He is such good speaker.  And he has shown there is no shame in getting your hands dirty.   I could not do some of the jobs he has done on his show.
James River (4 days ago)
Basically 20 minutes of describing big hung goatballs
Logan Stuart (6 days ago)
15:24 and on is gold. For real!
Rst28 (6 days ago)
When I die, I'm coming back as Mike Rowe's cool voice..
Gary L (7 days ago)
Mike somehow always learns that it is a lot more fun and (much more profitable) to be a wealthy TV spokespersonality than to actually do any "dirty jobs". Mike is not a "real working man"-He just plays them on TV. (lol)
Spicy Blanco (8 days ago)
Got a college degree but now I'm working in the trades. Its a lot more fulfilling to me. I get to use my mind and muscle and have fun.
T Regis (9 days ago)
Interesting timing that Oprah was so popular during the reign of Clinton Bush and Obama...
Jeff DePuy Sr (9 days ago)
Wow 1500👎 welfare recipients are trolling Mike wherever he goes🤣😝 BACK TO WORK SLACKERS 😎
Roger Balcer (9 days ago)
When young (1960s) I was a truck mechanic for International Harvester. As the kid of the shop I drew a lot of the simpler dirties jobs ! Onr day I was sent out in farm country to replace fan belts on a customers truck that was broken down. I got to the area and drove the roads for an hour looking for the truck and finally saw it a quarter mile out in a pasture. I drove out to it but didn't see anyone so I blew my horn and heard yelling. I walked around the truck, it turned out to be a rendering truck and there sitting on a stinking, bloated dead cow were two guys....eating their lunches ! They were surrounded by flies and the smell was horrendous ! I asked how they could stand the smell and they just replied, "Oh you get use to it after a while"!
Joshua Woffard (10 days ago)
The jobs we should hope create should be the jobs we personally would be willing to pay for. Making more job openings for sociology majors is idiotic because sociology majors serve no function in our society. Hard working landscaping jobs would be a fair investment and they will have work, but fair too many people who should let their money trickle down would rather do the labor themselves 9 times out of 10. My dad is a 60 year old grandfather with with a bad back and an allergy to cold, he is middle class and has plenty of money and is always busy with work. When one of our car's has troubles he will always fix it himself rather than paying for it. I understand saving money, but I also understand that the middle class is the clot in trickle down economics...
insAneTunA (10 days ago)
The multi millionaire speaking about physical under payed manual labor while billionaires and multinationals are avoiding taxes. How ironic. Never trust a TV host who's getting filthy rich from the labor from somebody else. When you do something new for a day or maybe a few days it is always fun and interesting, especially when you are the only one who's making millions that day. But when you have to do that same filthy job every single day for a minimal amount of money and when you can't leave the job when you had enough for that day it is a whole different story. When you pay people well enough so that they can buy a descent house and build a future for themselves and their children, and when you let them pay an honest and fair amount off tax like anybody else, they will do the job with great pride. It's a shame that blue color people have to work 3 different jobs just to survive. When you have to survive every single day with a dirty job it can hardly be called a descent life that can make you proud. Surviving is NOT living the life. China became the factory off the world not because they work harder or smarter but because it is a trade off with Human rights. The people in China work long hours (illegal in my country) they are not allowed to speak with each other during the work, and they earn just enough so that they won't die from hunger and they have no say in their own future. We can only compete with them if we drop our human rights as well.
John Gibbons (10 days ago)
My son saw him at Jambo. If you are in town how about a job like this one https://youtu.be/915nqbmghEA
Jerome Brotton (11 days ago)
Why is this guy not in the White House. Mike Rowe for President!
FACTS NOT FEELINGS (12 days ago)
should I stay at my part time job with no benefits but I love it there and there could be oppertunity in near future been there 2 years....or take this new job fulltime more money and full benefits for me and my family???????
harry walker (12 days ago)
we now have a safety regime,its been there for a while but getting more prominent in the work place,.bottom line is,in my work,IF,i follow the safety protocol,id go home at 7 am,every day,i got there at 6.50.am.,why,because the way safety is set up,its just too dangerous to do my job.i fit panels to houses.im a contractor,to me it seems these boffins in suits,just want every dollar i earn,by making up rules i cant live with.ITS KILLING PRODUCTION,SO THEY GET RICH DOING NOTHING BUT HAND OUT FINES.its crazy.these jobs have been done for hundreds of yrs,why now,??.to me,its my life,if i stuff up,so be it,now im that concius of safety,i make mistakes.its bullshit.it just jacks up every price connected to any & all industry.it cost me money & time to be compliant to satisfy these retards that never did a days work in there life,but want everything done for them.
sangoprk (12 days ago)
I like mike
Steven Bell (13 days ago)
That's fucked never eat lamb
Kuma Kun (14 days ago)
the way he says all these ...i can actually imagine all these things happening as if i was in there wow
Flamin Chicken (15 days ago)
why not use the knife on the testicles too?
agvulpine (17 days ago)
LOL, Blackberries.
Shane Wheeler (17 days ago)
Americans used to be the toughest sons of bitches on the planet. Fear of nothing. Conquerors of the earth and space........ now we have the fastest out of shape panzified men on the planet
Mark Tuggle (17 days ago)
After watching this show growing up and other personal experiences. I decided that I would rather live my life doing trades and teaching others how to do those trades.
Iahel Cathartes Aura (19 days ago)
Mike Rowe, I thank you for being an unapologetically fully masculine, intelligent, resourceful, insightful, effective, capable man, with great priorities & skill. Makes me feel way safer & immeasurably happier to live in this crazy world. Thank you all, who embody this. People can't survive or enjoy life without all those who do the dirty jobs. God bless them all! Fantastic, primo TED talk!
Tim Beeker (19 days ago)
First call drivers.
Jed Davis (20 days ago)
I have never watch a video or even heard anyone speak "live" which told so much truth. I believe everyone one the planet should be made to watch, hear, pay attention to and understand everything Mike Rowe said. I envy Mike Rowe for his workable knowledge. I mean the knowledge he has to perform so many jobs. I obviously don't have his level of education but I believe the more jobs you have the knowledge to do, even stumble through but still get done, make your existence more valuable to the planet. Mike Rowe would be the valuable person on this planet. Live long, Mike.
Sarah Romero (21 days ago)
"passion" is lucrative (but only if it's lucrative). money, passion, safety, in that order. what a dumpass
Sarah Romero (21 days ago)
he talks in dollar signs
Laurie Cawthorn (21 days ago)
new year 2019, and this Talk is appropriate in every example, word and moral, Thanks Mike Rowe, truly
Sarah Romero (21 days ago)
i thought he was talking to me the whole time until he said "hot chick," and then i realized he was just talking to dudes. he minimized women with a word choice and i stopped listening because that's how he thinks of women all the time.
Josh Schweikert (21 days ago)
“I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” -Albert Einstein
Achieng Adongo (22 days ago)
Oh Ted talks. One day ted talks are super into passion, a couple of years later, forget about passion. Hard for me to take these seriously anymore...and yet i keep coming back
bt404 (23 days ago)
I love the sight of Koch brothers propaganda!
Clint Pustejovsky (23 days ago)
So very true! I started in life in the grocery store, then as an automobile mechanic. Went to college received a four year degree and really learned little compared to hands-on, hard knocks, etc. jobs. I now run a snake education business here in Texas and find myself fixing things (I love to fix things), like washers, dryers, cars, small engines, etc. Even if you do not do a blue collar job, you will benefit yourself and family and friends and make money. Too cool if you ask me.
Black Kane (23 days ago)
Love Ya Man..enjoyed every bit of segment...funny...funny...
Ian Douglas VE6IWD (24 days ago)
Hello Mike, I took 4 welding courses and 4 machine shop courses at the local trade school and could get neither an apprenticeship or a job in these disciplines.
My ShadowKungFu (24 days ago)
What’s missing???...the wages these hard workers get that are low because of the illegals. There are MANY job sites across America that have ONLY illegals working there.
John Doe (6 days ago)
they aren't low because of illegals they are low because of the bosses since you know the illegals aren't the ones signing the checks.
debijeanpeck (25 days ago)
The best life in the world would be to build your own small farm and house with your spouse, and raise a houseful of kids. Yes! Trades, skills, horticulture and music with laughter at night.
Brandon Sweeney (25 days ago)
Humble carpenter here, man makes a lot of sense.
incaroads (25 days ago)
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.
Danny The Dane (27 days ago)
thats nuts
Cat (1 month ago)
such a strong ending
dan randall (1 month ago)
He’s glad he doesn’t have to do any of them for a living.
Joe Stenger (1 month ago)
Columbus, Ohio needs you
Nick Dannunzio (1 month ago)
Next step Mike Rowe... Just do it... The Mike Rowe Trade School Program... I will be one of your instructors...
Linen Gray (1 month ago)
This man should be vote the Sexiest Man Alive. Make him the head of the Department of Labor. Please Mike do a talking tour.
Cynthia Beckenbaugh (1 month ago)
Just turned 60 years, I have worked 55 of those years and loved almost every minute, never want to retire from work or life. God family and work.
What is this Mike Rowe organism and why is he biting off testicles?
D.J Fox (1 month ago)
I'm dead inside thanks to this man
James7733 (1 month ago)
Hanging on every word, of a talk on sheep castration....this man is incredible
Allison (1 month ago)
poor lambs =(
Emily Small (1 month ago)
"People with Dirty Jobs are happier than you think" Yes we are! I am a Florist - dirtier than it sounds - I am elbow deep in water, compost, dirt, and ruffage 100% of the time; you should see my nails, they will never be a pretty pink color ever again. I work 6 days a week and not a single minute feels like work. Open your mind! Do something with your hands, you'll be happier for it!
gmaneis (1 month ago)
Why is this still true ten years later?
Jeremy Henry (1 month ago)
How many people can start off talking about testicles on your chin and leave you with some powerful thoughts about the importance of the jobs that we have been led to believe are unsatisfying jobs and that chasing what makes you happy will not always lead to a happy life and success. Great lessons from a great man!
Coleman Korb (1 month ago)
There is a lot to what he's saying. But there's also a lot to be said about the way working hard is rewarded these days. Long gone are the times when one could simply work hard and make a comfortable living. Cost of living has grown at a disproportionate rate to average income.
Paul Zawkiewicz (1 month ago)
The universe: rebanged
Chey Mac (1 month ago)
Wish Mike would of done an episode on being an Ironworker, we get a kick out of seeing new guys on the field. All love tho
Daniel Hertzler (1 month ago)
Castration sure is a "touchy" subject lol...
Hard work is the key! Set goals, write them down, and go out and achieve them!
Mphymel (1 month ago)
God forbid we should reintroduce a concept referred to as the "work ethic". It could lead to someone experiencing job satisfaction, simply intolerable
Lori Armstrong (1 month ago)
Wonderful story ~ I am happiest working with my hands in the soils which is why I protect our environment as tenaciously as I do 🌱
Roger Garcia (1 month ago)
Politicians should take note.
Cynthia Cantrell (1 month ago)
Infrastructure jobs have gone away because our congress has decided that it's more important to give rich people and corporations tax breaks and blow up the deficit than to spend wisely and take care of our roads, schools, and bridges.
Dispie Dark (1 month ago)
My friend who master sociology always says common knowledge is not that common . We have a lot of idea's how things work but the reality of our idea's mostly does not match the reality itself.
Theodore Russo (1 month ago)
If you are looking for more by Mike Rowe, check out his podcast. It is called "The Way I Heard It", and you can find it on any major podcasting platform. You won't regret it.
g cantstansya (1 month ago)
Bite 'em? GTFO!
gem thomas (1 month ago)
So here's a true story ... One that's relevant to an upcoming generation poised to overlook the rewards of dirty jobs and instead pursue passions, fulfill dreams of glory, or be a fame junkie ... if you're creative and want to make content that you think you'll make a 💰💸💵🥂 fat living off of ...you're safer to get a 9 to 5 and hope it turns into a career that will guarantee a better quality of life... I spent almost 10 years trying to be the greatest fiction writer in the entire world. ..but now am in a position that's giving back and continues to give back bc I dropped the pipe dream and picked up a pipe wrench... Watch this you'll get it https://youtu.be/egr3k0Ndtzo
xtratoothpaste (1 month ago)
As soon as he said how many of us have a blackberry on us, I looked at the publishing date of the video. 2009. Yep
Jon W (1 month ago)
I think Mike needs to take upon himself such a job!!! I think he EXPLOITS people as part of his job....Enough Media/Filming, Mike take a post/Job with which your so EXPLOITING! ENOUGH!!!!~ STOP YOUR EXPLOYTATION, and or take the job!!!
Shiraz Lampwalla (1 month ago)
I wouldn’t be who I am without this man. First time seeing this and now I know why.
Tony Corbitt (1 month ago)
Spot on Mike. Big fan. Thanks for all you do.
Shawn Coker (1 month ago)
abdulbowhunter (1 month ago)
One of the best speakers i have heard and i didnt want it to end. We need to follow opportunities in life not what people feel is right or wrong
李子镔 (1 month ago)
so awful...
Mowntain Man (1 month ago)
Your fired before you hit the ground these days
Mowntain Man (1 month ago)
A man who has earned it!
Roger Groot (2 months ago)
Will Rogers had a wise saying that fits with what Mike was talking about.'WHAT THIS COUNTRY NEEDS ARE MORE DIRTY FINERNAILS AND LESS DIRTY MINDS
Fox Trouble (2 months ago)
How much did you get for your soul mike
Kevin Flynn (2 months ago)
Why nobody is thinking about the lamb?!? They are individual! What would you feel if you were waiting in line to have your finger cut off? Seriously, this level of spieciesme is disgusting!
Jeff P. (2 months ago)
Dirty hands, clean money, happiness
Alan Hans (2 months ago)
Wow, amazing! Good work
Grant Davis (2 months ago)
I work at a warehouse and everytime I sweat it makes more satisfied than sitting at a desk because I’m standing on my feet and burning calories and getting exercise. I start to emphasize with the working man and it just humbled me and makes me grow closer to Jesus.
SGpro 42:00 (2 months ago)
Such a pleasant dude, if he's running, I'm voting.
254JROCK (2 months ago)
Trump 2020 hes a job maker
Rohan Desai (2 months ago)
Kirill Popov (2 months ago)
I am not sure what I've learned from this, but I know I learned something
Jerome Walton (2 months ago)
I’m supposing that the 1500 dislikes of this video are a joke. No one who listens to this and the sincerity of Mike Rowe can not hear the wisdom it contains. From a graduate of a union electrical apprenticeship who is now an owner of a remodeling contracting company.
J W (2 months ago)
The dislikes are a reflection of a sick human society. Wait until there are no more skilled tradesman out there due to the lazy new generation of young people who rather not get dirt under their nails or do the work a community needs to have done. Yes laugh and belittle those who are tradesmen, there will be a day humans will wake up and find out how wrong they were about those hardworking smart honest tradesmen who deserves a lot more respect then they Currently get.
Jim Hill (2 months ago)
Mr. Rowe has the ability to put the problem is English and offer real solutions. There are so few people that can do this.
Jim Hill (2 months ago)
This man has always been a genius.
Penny miller (2 months ago)
I enjoyed reading the comments as much as the show both were terribly insightful I didn't know mr. Rowe was worth 35 million I'm happy for him I don't think that changes the way he tries to help people I don't think having money makes you a bad person as a housekeeper for 30 plus years I raised my kids all by myself and I have to say that I agree with him that we are happier class I've worked for all the classes I've even done free work for people that couldn't afford me and I have to say at it everyone the middle class rules they're more understanding of my needs they're more happy to pay you what you're worth they don't demand extra things like the rich do for not no pay and I think it's only a shame that within the last 10 years since the recession things are just now coming back to where I can make half the work that I was doing unfortunately I've lost my house I've lost my car I've lost everything I've been bicycling for 3 years all in all I have to say it was a good living but my children are growing and even though they're making it the economy sucks balls and the faults of that is these companies that refused to take it as it comes and rather insist by their own laws to make more money every year you can't continually draw money from the economy to make the children of the Walmart family richer than all the rest of the Americans in this country and expect the middle class and the poor not to suffer all around us the kids are committing suicide there's homeless people there is a greater and greater distance between the classes which when I was growing up we didn't have class distinction that's what made us Americans a lot of things have changed some of them for the good some of them not so good I respect Mr row and I wish him the very best
sbnsbaker1 (2 months ago)
So, Obama Promised You something??? If he’s Talking, he’s Lying!!!!!!!!!
kenneth worde (2 months ago)
Except the military?! , who write a check? Up to and including their life and everything in between who pay a huge price that are betrayed, do a series then get back to us?
kenneth worde (2 months ago)
Great Stuff! Should be mandatory!?
Ladovinka513 (2 months ago)
Haven't seen Dirty jobs series, but is there any job he tried that's 100% female?
Paul Nicholson (2 months ago)
For a guy that was basically winging it, I'd say you delivered a very clear and needed message!
Con More (2 months ago)
this is beautiful. i love the respect for the lower classes. been in law school for three months and this video is so refreshing. lawyers are awful lol
francuaci hernandez (2 months ago)
Bite those testicles

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