Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe


The “Dirty Jobs” crew and I were called to a little town
in Colorado, called Craig. It’s only a couple dozen square miles. It’s in the Rockies. And the job in question was sheep rancher. My role on the show, for those of you
who haven’t seen it — it’s pretty simple. I’m an apprentice, and I work with the people
who do the jobs in question. And my responsibilities
are to simply try and keep up, and give an honest account
of what it’s like to be these people for one day in their life. The job in question: herding sheep. Great. We go to Craig and we check into a hotel, and I realize the next day that castration is going to be
an absolute part of this work. Normally, I never do any research at all. But this is a touchy subject,
and I work for the Discovery Channel, and we want to portray accurately
whatever it is we do. And we certainly want to do it
with a lot of respect for the animals. So I call the Humane Society and I say, “Look, I’m going to be castrating
some lambs. Can you tell me the deal?” And they’re like, “Yeah,
it’s pretty straightforward.” They use a band, basically, a rubber band,
like this, only a little smaller. This one was actually
around the playing cards I got yesterday — (Laughter) But it had a certain familiarity to it. And I said, “Well, what exactly
is the process?” And they said, “The band
is applied to the tail, tightly. And then another band is applied
to the scrotum, tightly. Blood flow is slowly retarded; a week later the parts
in question fall off. “Great — got it.” OK, I call the SPCA to confirm this. They confirm it. I also call PETA just for fun, and they don’t like it,
but they confirm it. OK, that’s basically how you do it. So the next day I go out. And I’m given a horse
and we go get the lambs and we take them to a pen that we built, and we go about the business
of animal husbandry. Melanie is the wife of Albert. Albert is the shepherd in question. Melanie picks up the lamb,
one hand on both legs on the right, likewise on the left. Lamb goes on the post, she opens it up. Alright. Great. Albert goes in, I follow Albert,
the crew is around. I always watch the process done
the first time before I try it. Being an apprentice,
you know, you do that. Albert reaches in his pocket to pull out,
you know, this black rubber band, but what comes out instead is a knife. And I’m like, “Hmm, that’s not
rubber at all,” you know? (Laughter) And he kind of flicked it open
in a way that caught the sun that was just coming
over the Rockies, it was very — (Laughter) It was … it was impressive. In the space of about two seconds, Albert had the knife
between the cartilage of the tail, right next to the butt of the lamb, and very quickly, the tail was gone
and in the bucket that I was holding. A second later, with a big thumb
and a well-calloused forefinger, he had the scrotum firmly in his grasp. And he pulled it toward him, like so, and he took the knife
and he put it on the tip. “Now, you think you know
what’s coming, Michael, You don’t, OK?” (Laughter) He snips it, throws the tip
over his shoulder, and then grabs the scrotum
and pushes it upward, and then his head dips down,
obscuring my view. But what I hear is a slurping sound, and a noise that sounds like Velcro
being yanked off a sticky wall, and I am not even kidding. Can we roll the video? No, I’m kidding, we don’t — (Laughter) I thought it best to talk in pictures. I do something now I’ve never, ever done
on a “Dirty Jobs” shoot, ever. I say, “Time out. Stop.” You guys know the show, we use take one;
we don’t do take two. There’s no writing, there’s no scripting,
there’s no nonsense. We don’t fool around, we don’t rehearse — we shoot what we get! I said, “Stop. This is nuts.” I mean — (Laughter) “This is crazy. We can’t do this.” And Albert’s like, “What?” And I’m like, “I don’t know
what just happened, but there are testicles in this bucket, and that’s not how we do it.” He said “Well, that’s how we do it.” I said, “Why would you do it this way?” And before I even let him explain, I said, “I want to do it the right way,
with the rubber bands.” And he says, “Like the Humane Society?” I said, “Yes, like the Humane Society. Let’s do something that doesn’t make
the lamb squeal and bleed. We’re on in five continents, dude! We’re on twice a day
on the Discovery — we can’t do this.” He says, “OK.” He goes to his box and pulls out
a bag of these little rubber bands. Melanie picks up another lamb,
puts it on the post, band goes on the tail,
band goes on the scrotum. Lamb goes on the ground,
lamb takes two steps, falls down, gets up, shakes a little, takes another couple steps, falls down. I’m like, this is not a good sign
for this lamb, at all. Gets up, walks to the corner. It’s quivering, and it lies
down and it’s in obvious distress. And I’m looking at the lamb
and I say, “Albert, how long? When does he get up?” He’s like, “A day?” I said, “A day! How long does
it take them to fall off?” “A week.” Meanwhile, the lamb that he had just done
his little procedure on is, you know, he’s just prancing
around, bleeding stopped. He’s, you know, nibbling
on some grass, frolicking. And I was just so blown away
at how completely wrong I was, in that second. And I was reminded how utterly wrong
I am, so much of the time. (Laughter) And I was especially reminded of what a ridiculously
short straw I had that day, because now I had to do
what Albert had just done, and there are like 100
of these lambs in the pen. And suddenly, this whole thing’s starting
to feel like a German porno, and I’m like — (Laughter) Melanie picks up the lamb,
puts it on the post, opens it up. Albert hands me the knife. I go in, tail comes off. I go in, I grab the scrotum,
tip comes off. Albert instructs, “Push it way up there.” I do. “Push it further.” I do. The testicles emerge. They look
like thumbs, coming right at you. And he says, “Bite ’em. Just bite ’em off.” (Laughter) And I heard him, I heard all the words — (Laughter) Like, how did I get here? How did — I mean — how did I get here? It’s just — it’s one of those moments
where the brain goes off on its own, and suddenly, I’m standing
there in the Rockies, and all I can think of is the Aristotelian
definition of a tragedy. You know, Aristotle says
a tragedy is that moment when the hero comes face to face
with his true identity. (Laughter) And I’m like, “What is this
jacked-up metaphor? I don’t like what I’m thinking right now.” And I can’t get this thought
out of my head, and I can’t get that vision
out of my sight, so I did what I had to do. I went in and I took them. I took them like this, and I yanked my head back. And I’m standing there
with two testicles on my chin. (Laughter) And now I can’t get —
I can’t shake the metaphor. I’m still in “Poetics,” in Aristotle,
and I’m thinking — out of nowhere, two terms come crashing
into my head, that I hadn’t heard since my classics professor in college
drilled them there. And they are “anagnorisis”
and “peripeteia.” Anagnorisis and peripeteia. Anagnorisis is the Greek
word for discovery. Literally, the transition from ignorance
to knowledge is anagnorisis. It’s what our network does;
it’s what “Dirty Jobs” is. And I’m up to my neck
in anagnorises every single day. Great. The other word, peripeteia, that’s the moment
in the great tragedies — Euripides and Sophocles. That’s the moment where Oedipus has
his moment, where he suddenly realizes that hot chick he’s been sleeping with
and having babies with is his mother. That’s peripety, or peripeteia. And this metaphor in my head — I’ve got anagnorisis
and peripeteia on my chin — (Laughter) I’ve got to tell you,
it’s such a great device, though. When you start to look for peripeteia, you find it everywhere. I mean, Bruce Willis
in “The Sixth Sense,” right? Spends the whole movie trying to help
the little kid who sees dead people, and then — boom! — “Oh, I’m dead.” Peripeteia. You know? It’s crushing when the audience
sees it the right way. Neo in “The Matrix,” you know? “Oh, I’m living in a computer program. That’s weird.” These discoveries
that lead to sudden realizations. And I’ve been having them,
over 200 dirty jobs, I have them all the time, but that one — that one drilled something home
in a way that I just wasn’t prepared for. And, as I stood there, looking at the happy lamb
that I had just defiled — but it looked OK; looking at that poor other little thing
that I’d done it the right way on, and I just was struck by — if I’m wrong about that, and if I’m wrong so often,
in a literal way, what other peripatetic misconceptions
might I be able to comment upon? Because, look —
I’m not a social anthropologist, but I have a friend who is. And I talk to him. (Laughter) And he says, “Hey Mike, look. I don’t know if your brain is interested
in this sort of thing or not, but do you realize
you’ve shot in every state? You’ve worked in mining,
you’ve worked in fishing, you’ve worked in steel,
you’ve worked in every major industry. You’ve had your back
shoulder to shoulder with these guys that our politicians are desperate
to relate to every four years, right?” I can still see Hillary
doing the shots of rye, dribbling down her chin,
with the steel workers. I mean, these are the people
that I work with every single day. “And if you have something to say
about their thoughts, collectively, it might be time to think about it. Because, dude, you know, four years.” So, that’s in my head,
testicles are on my chin, thoughts are bouncing around. And, after that shoot,
“Dirty Jobs” really didn’t change, in terms of what the show is,
but it changed for me, personally. And now, when I talk about the show, I no longer just tell the story
you heard and 190 like it. I do, but I also start to talk
about some of the other things I got wrong; some of the other notions of work that I’ve just been assuming
are sacrosanct, and they’re not. People with dirty jobs
are happier than you think. As a group, they’re
the happiest people I know. And I don’t want to start whistling
“Look for the Union Label,” and all that happy-worker crap. I’m just telling you
that these are balanced people who do unthinkable work. Roadkill picker-uppers whistle
while they work, I swear to God — I did it with them. They’ve got this amazing
sort of symmetry to their life. And I see it over and over and over again. So I started to wonder what would happen if we challenged
some of these sacred cows? Follow your passion — we’ve been talking about it
here for the last 36 hours. Follow your passion — what could
possibly be wrong with that? It’s probably the worst advice I ever got. (Laughter) Follow your dreams and go broke, right? I mean, that’s all I heard growing up. I didn’t know what to do with my life, but I was told if you follow your passion,
it’s going to work out. I can give you 30 examples right now. Bob Combs, the pig farmer in Las Vegas who collects the uneaten scraps
of food from the casinos and feeds them to his swine. Why? Because there’s so much protein
in the stuff we don’t eat, his pigs grow at twice the normal speed,
and he’s one rich pig farmer. He’s good for the environment, he spends his days
doing this incredible service, and he smells like hell,
but God bless him. He’s making a great living. You ask him, “Did you follow
your passion here?” and he’d laugh at you. The guy’s worth — he just got offered
like 60 million dollars for his farm and turned it down, outside of Vegas. He didn’t follow his passion. He stepped back and he watched
where everybody was going, and he went the other way. And I hear that story over and over. Matt Freund, a dairy farmer
in New Canaan, Connecticut, who woke up one day and realized the crap from his cows
was worth more than their milk, if he could use it to make
these biodegradable flowerpots. Now he’s selling them to Walmart, right? Follow his passion? The guy’s — come on. So I started to look at passion, I started to look
at efficiency vs. effectiveness. As Tim talked about earlier,
that’s a huge distinction. I started to look at teamwork
and determination. And basically, all those platitudes
they call “successories” that hang with that schmaltzy art
in boardrooms around the world right now, that stuff — it’s suddenly
all been turned on its head. Safety. Safety first is … Going back to OSHA and PETA
and the Humane Society: What if OSHA got it wrong? I mean — this is heresy,
what I’m about to say — but what if it’s really safety third? Right? (Laughter) No, I mean, really. What I mean to say is: I value my safety on these crazy jobs as much as the people
that I’m working with, but the ones who really get it done — they’re not out there
talking about safety first. They know that other things come first — the business of doing
the work comes first, the business of getting it done. And I’ll never forget,
up in the Bering Sea, I was on a crab boat
with the “Deadliest Catch” guys — which I also work on in the first season. We were about 100 miles
off the coast of Russia: 50-foot seas, big waves, green water
coming over the wheelhouse, right? Most hazardous environment I’d ever seen, and I was back with a guy,
lashing the pots down. So I’m 40 feet off the deck, which is like looking down
at the top of your shoe, you know, and it’s doing this in the ocean. Unspeakably dangerous. I scamper down, I go into the wheelhouse and I say, with some level of incredulity, “Captain — OSHA?” And he says, “OSHA? Ocean.” And he points out there. (Laughter) But in that moment, what he said next
can’t be repeated in the Lower 48. It can’t be repeated on any factory floor
or any construction site. But he looked at me and said, “Son,” — he’s my age, by the way,
he calls me “son,” I love that — he says, “Son, I’m the captain
of a crab boat. My responsibility
is not to get you home alive. My responsibility
is to get you home rich.” (Laughter) You want to get home alive,
that’s on you.” And for the rest
of that day — safety first. I mean, I was like — So, the idea that we create
this sense of complacency when all we do is talk
about somebody else’s responsibility as though it’s our own, and vice versa. Anyhow, a whole lot of things. I could talk at length
about the many little distinctions we made and the endless list of ways
that I got it wrong. But what it all comes down to is this: I’ve formed a theory, and I’m going to share it now
in my remaining 2 minutes and 30 seconds. It goes like this: we’ve declared war on work,
as a society — all of us. It’s a civil war. It’s a cold war, really. We didn’t set out to do it and we didn’t twist our mustache
in some Machiavellian way, but we’ve done it. And we’ve waged this war
on at least four fronts, certainly in Hollywood. The way we portray working people on TV — it’s laughable. If there’s a plumber, he’s 300 pounds and he’s got a giant butt crack, admit it. You see him all the time. That’s what plumbers look like, right? We turn them into heroes,
or we turn them into punch lines. That’s what TV does. We try hard on “Dirty Jobs”
not to do that, which is why I do the work
and I don’t cheat. But, we’ve waged this war
on Madison Avenue. So many of the commercials that come out
there in the way of a message — what’s really being said? “Your life would be better
if you could work a little less, didn’t have to work so hard,
got home a little earlier, could retire a little faster,
punch out a little sooner.” It’s all in there,
over and over, again and again. Washington? I can’t even begin to talk
about the deals and policies in place that affect the bottom-line reality
of the available jobs, because I don’t really know; I just know
that that’s a front in this war. And right here, guys — Silicon Valley. I mean — how many people have
an iPhone on them right now? How many people have their BlackBerry? We’re plugged in; we’re connected. I would never suggest for a second that something bad
has come out of the tech revolution. Good grief, not to this crowd. (Laughter) But I would suggest that innovation without imitation
is a complete waste of time. And nobody celebrates imitation the way “Dirty Jobs” guys
know it has to be done. Your iPhone without those people
making the same interface, the same circuitry,
the same board, over and over — all of that — that’s what makes
it equally as possible as the genius that goes inside of it. So, we’ve got this new toolbox. You know? Our tools today don’t look
like shovels and picks. They look like the stuff
we walk around with. And so the collective
effect of all of that has been this marginalization
of lots and lots of jobs. And I realized, probably
too late in this game — I hope not, because I don’t know
if I can do 200 more of these things — but we’re going to do as many as we can. And to me, the most
important thing to know and to really come face to face with, is that fact that I got it wrong
about a lot of things, not just the testicles on my chin. I got a lot wrong. So, we’re thinking —
by “we,” I mean me — (Laughter) that the thing to do is to talk
about a PR campaign for work — manual labor, skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there,
talking about the forgotten benefits. I’m talking about grandfather stuff, the stuff a lot us probably grew up with but we’ve kind of —
you know, kind of lost a little. Barack wants to create
two and a half million jobs. The infrastructure is a huge deal. This war on work that I suppose exists,
has casualties like any other war. The infrastructure is the first one, declining trade school enrollments
are the second one. Every single year, fewer electricians,
fewer carpenters, fewer plumbers, fewer welders, fewer pipe fitters,
fewer steam fitters. The infrastructure jobs that everybody
is talking about creating are those guys — the ones
that have been in decline, over and over. Meanwhile, we’ve got
two trillion dollars, at a minimum, according to the American Society
of Civil Engineers, that we need to expend
to even make a dent in the infrastructure, which is currently rated at a D minus. So, if I were running
for anything — and I’m not — I would simply say
that the jobs we hope to make and the jobs we hope to create aren’t going to stick unless
they’re jobs that people want. And I know the point of this conference is to celebrate things
that are near and dear to us, but I also know that clean
and dirty aren’t opposites. They’re two sides of the same coin,
just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility,
like peripeteia and anagnorisis, like that poor little lamb,
who I hope isn’t quivering anymore, and like my time that’s gone. It’s been great talking to you. And get back to work, will you? (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Learning from dirty jobs | Mike Rowe

  1. You can cut them off with specifically designed shears instead of biting them. I grew up on a farm.

  2. As someone who works in a highly dangerous job I can say that half the “safety” regulations that OSHA enforces actually make our job more dangerous.

  3. I just wasted 20 minutes. I have no idea what his point was. I like his show and all but this was a big
    IDK seriously

  4. Billionaires love the way you're talkin about people with dirty jobs, sick greedy billionaires now thank or you like making $10 an hour haha all the way to the bank

  5. They drive – push out the ones they don`t like !
    there is age discrimination !!
    you think an older workers would work till they drop if the pay and conditions were that great ?
    part time gig – project oriented work ! migrant worker !!
    you must get – work many hours to score medical and retirement points !
    must obey rules or pay back for any union schooling !!
    these are the facts you choose what is good for you !

  6. My husband and I on faith began a business. We are a multi service business. Our job is to help people whether they can pay or not. No matter the time of day. We don't make much money. It's very hard work. I go without for the sake of my children. I praise Him in the storm. I live unconditionally. I'll do whatever it takes. No one sees me as worth much. I lost myself too. I found myself because of my job and life. I cherish it. I'm so amazingly blessed by my God, my children, my new husband, my new business. So Blessed I'm amazed!

  7. There is no "war on work" like there is no "war on drugs." It's all self created bullshit. He is the polar opposite of a liberal. Please note He called the President "Barack." Both Libs and Cons really create more problems in social discourse than solutions because they constantly demonize the other of what they promote.

  8. I drive a big 18 wheeler and [email protected] 50k annually which isn't bad but the problem is my dad's cousins where making that in the 1970s without inflation adjust which now days would be a lot. Now they let homeless people drive those Damned things. Don't get me wrong I love what I do but I don't feel very appreciated (or rightly payed right for it) and it's the jod that MOVES America

  9. My wife is an ob gyn, who performs c sections, and deliver babies. Performs hysterectomies, surgeries to remove tumors, does a lot many more bloody procedures. Constant contact with blood and tissues. Her Scrubs and shoes are bloody. She was a class topper all along in school, followed by many many years of training and hard work, 16 hours a day. Sleeps on couch, lived in hospital during residency. Gets broken sleep. She has lost sense of smell to an extent from her work. I can relate to what Mike says here. Nothing like hard work and passion. Ones Soul elevates by doing the dirty work.

  10. I'm thinking this is the one job where Mike bit off more than he could chew. Metaphorically speaking of course.

  11. Valentina and Cholula, no rooster sauce, I don't need to taste it out my posterior, on the second day! Valentina is like $.79 abottle and Cholula is just darn good!

  12. Just the way he speaks you can tell how down to earth and intelligent this man is. Awesome guy

  13. I worked for La-Z-Boy making recliners in the 1990's. I work in surgery now. I would love to talk to you sometime, Ted

  14. I'd like Rowe better were he to say, "Yes, I am a Republican, and I voted for Trump, but I regret it deeply because he has changed the most important job in the world into the most dirty job in the world." But I have never heard him say anything close to that. In fact, not long ago he appeared on Faux News and said he was "aligned" with the White House.

  15. At 40 years of age I can personally attest that I wish I had had this information back in year 2000. This would have saved me so much misery and completely changed the direction I chose. You want a mid life crisis? Go to college. Sure if you want to be a doctor, nurse or attorney there are times you have to go to college but otherwise, skip the debt, skip the misery and go learn a trade.

    For all my hard work do you know what I have to show for it? A corporation that ruined my body, didn't care and knew how to dodge the bullet… for what? So I could get a semi good paying job?

  16. What if we had a predator? What if you work (each day) or you don't eat (that day)? What if you kill what you eat, you eat what you kill? What if "vegetarian" meant bad hunter? What if there will be never be another "greatest generation" because we roll over to evil people?

  17. he is very articulate and i genuinely wanted to enjoy the story but the sheer level of animal cruelty destroyed the story which was very engaging.

  18. I never fully appreciated Mike Rowe's intelligence and insight; Wow, I would've never imagined how profoundly ironic biting off a pair of lamb's testicles could be … Great story, and great life lesson; peripeteia vs. anagnorisis, imitation vs. innovation, risk vs. safety, clean vs. dirty … two sides of the same coin of equal value that we sometimes forget in society.

  19. One of the most genuine of talks I've ever heard. I'd love for this man to be our president. He gets it as much if not more than Trump does.

  20. This man is a shill for the mental slavery that grips this nation and most of the "western world", a rich man telling you how luck you are that they are rich and they really like you for it. Get lost, you propagandist!

  21. robots will take all those labor and skill labor jobs. there will only be the the rich and the poor no middle class

  22. watching this in 2019 , most of my friends r in debt for studies and houses me simple car mechanic living without debts enjoying life and travels this guy was totaly right! hats down .

  23. When I was growing up, I wanted a job that somehow directly benefited society on the whole. The easiest answer was the Military, but I'm too unhealthy for that, even if it were Logistics or some kind of Administration work. Instead now I've been almost a year at an outdoor equipment retailer working 13 hour days at one of their distribution centers. It's active work for a decent pay, but I don't feel any sense of accomplishment or meaning behind it. It's a Private Corporation. Sure it's focus is living life outdoors, giving back to our national parks etc, but it's still at it's core, a for profit commercial company that only cares the most about making sales. I don't move product in order to better civilization, I move product so some Lawyer living in Pasadena can feel better about himself because he spent a couple hundred dollars on some Skis.

  24. I worked through an apprenticeship as a tool & die maker. I went to night school for 4 years while working between 40 & 55 hours per week. I learned to use mills, lathes, grinders, jig bores, welding, sheet metal fab, assembly, precision measuring tools, heat treatment, CNC machining, CAD, working with designers, engineers & scientists to solve problems, working with optics, robotics, hydraulics & pneumatics, building fixtures, gages, dies and more. Yet no one has ever asked me to bite the testicles off an animal. I don't think I could do it.

  25. Just saying, but whether my testicles were cut off or rubber banded, I would fall on the ground crying for about a…year.

  26. So many trades jobs are needed everywhere, not only in USA.
    I needed to change a automated fuse for my apartment electricity. Was very old, since the building was made 50 years ago and it got bad. I spent 2 days calling dozens of electricians companies and private electricians in my area, nobody would take it. They make so much money installing cables and whatnot, they have no time for little things. I ended up doing it myself after consulting with my brother – he's been in construction.

    Next, I had a leaky kitchen sink faucet. I had to buy the damn thing (no way to fix the old faucet), get it ready, find a plumber which was another 2 days hassle of calls, he came in and replaced it in 10 minutes flat. Cost was more than I make in a day at my office job !!! If he works fast enough he makes in a day as much as I make in a godamn week. Clearly I'm in the wrong job lol, thinking to become an electrician.

  27. I work on Trash Trucks in Columbus Ohio
    Level 3 Diesel Mechanic and I’m 100% happy and a certified welder . Really hope you work your way up here you’ll learn a lot

  28. I'm a licensed automotive service technician and have been in the trade for 33 years. The kids I see coming into the trade now don't want to work. They expect big bucks and all the benefits but don't want to put in the manual labour. There is such a decline in talented individuals. All we seem to be getting now is someone with a heartbeat and even that is questionable at times. My biggest pet peeve about this trade is actually the customers. If you need a plumber to come to your house they charge you 75 or 100 just to show up. That's before anything is looked at or fixed and people have no issues with this. The same person brings their car to a shop for whatever issue and you tell them that you need to diagnose the issue and it going to cost X number of dollars to figure out the problem. Now all of a sudden we are crooks and we are just ripping them off. This is not occasionally, it's pretty much a daily thing. I've invested a lot of time and money (upwards of 80 thousand dollars in tools) to do my job efficiently. Why do people think that we should fix their crap for free ? I tell people this all the time " I didn't build it, I didn't buy it, and I certainly didn't break it. Why would I fix it for free ?"

  29. Bit the nuts off! You bit them off… they bite them… like… chomped em off. They just chew off a lambs chops… why wouldn't a cigar cutter work! Go to staples get some fiskers scissors!

  30. I know this is old, but trades isn't always what it's cracked up to be. I graduated high school in 1979, and yes you could go down to the carpenters union, or the plumbers union or as in the case of my friend, the bricklayers and get an apprenticeship. We had kids who graduated with AC&R certificates and journeyman's papers. The union would send you on jobs. The problem today is that those unions are all gone, and so are the chances. My friend Kenny was a bricklayer for 11 years, he made good money, but there were always off cycles. So he may have no jobs lined up. He began to work more as a subcontractor, who would bid on a job against others. If another person put in a lower bid then they got the job. After 11 years he went to school to become an RN. So yes trades are important, but it is the highly skilled that make the money.

  31. Yes, Mike, you are a norma, compassionate person. I feel it's not humane, and their needs to be another way. I can assure you, both animals were hurting, the ones body was just in shock
    K, so he didn't hurt as much, YET.
    How about NOT castrating them, just keep the males and females separate when necessary! I lived on a farm and we didn't castrate animals. Farmers are to lazy AND greedy nowadays to do it the humane way! They just think this is the only way cuz that's how they were taught!
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  32. Mike Rowe is a Big TRUMPER kind of guy!!! I believe he doesn't like Unions which brought folks quite a bit of laws that benefit the working man.Makes a lot of Dollars pretending he supports the working man !!!!

  33. As a retired union Ironworker, good talk Mike, and all of it rings true- no shame in getting yer hands dirty to get the job done. Also a good point you made- why has the narrative in the U.S. gone after blue collar trades like we're a bunch of ne'er-do-wells? Nevermind, we'll just keep on getting it done. Thanks Mike!

  34. Plato & Aristotle sneered at Artisans & their unspoken 'knowledge' because they are NOT talkers.

  35. Until this guy has worked as a nursing ASSISTANT Cleaning out old peoples assholes he has not done the dirtiest job in this country .

  36. Used to think he was a good guy, till he started bad mouthing unions even though he made his money off of working men and women many of whom were union members!
    He's a fake and a phony just milking the "working man shtick " for all the money he can get out of it.

  37. People really do not celebrate the difficult, dirty jobs as much as they should. I do a mostly clean job where I work, but I never turn down the chance to get dirty hands and a sweaty brow while I am there. The product of your work is something always worth the hard effort. Those people who remain only to do the clean work seem to be less happy in their working time aswell. It's time to give it your all and see what you can accomplish if you just try.

  38. 2.1 plus ppl never had their hands or knuckles cut before 8 o’clock in the morning. We are your infrastructure. We built your toys, we built your bathrooms , your houses and your roads. We are the backbone of this country.heres to the blue collars.

  39. I remember when i was in 5th grade the teacher asked us what we wanted as a career or job when we grew up. I said construction, because i think i would like building things. The other kids laughed, thought it was a poor mans job. The teacher had to correct them, saying that it was a good job. I became an electrician at 18, foreman at 23. And now living very comfortably at 29.

    I lost my job.

  40. It's not a question of dirty jobs or hard work. What people need to understand is that there are times when violence is warranted and you must get violent to achieve the desired results. It's not gratuitous or senseless violence. The sea is not always calm. Feminists won't understand because they're always babbling on about feeling safe and they vilify the lion heart, the fighting spirit of the spiritual knight, peaceful warrior.

  41. Amazing speaker. His vocabulary is masterful and the way he talks just really captures your attention. It's been a long time since I had seen such a well-articulated speaker.

  42. Don't follow your dreams. Do your job and get rich. Then you can follow your dreams.

  43. Man mike is such an amazing speaker. This is probably the only TED talk that i actually sat through and listened. I dont have ADHD but the majority of the TED people that speak are extremely boring which makes me click off within 5 minutes.

  44. I’m not sure I buy the whole thing about banding not being the best way to do castration? I was curious because I may want to own livestock in the future, so I looked up a couple examples.

    https://youtu.be/5UrCHbxTJbA

    https://youtu.be/5k6qrj4DSQ8

  45. 10 years later, still nobody cares about skilled trades. The modern world runs on skilled trades, many of which are way underpaid. Mike Rowe is a hero to the working man. Thank you, sir.

  46. You are all liars. Monetizing as for your 90 about your search history public record show it. You know what I know now. Do you know Nino is coming in their fire on the Dino Nino Nino Nino is free now don’t drop that meat do you know you know Tina. Tina lived in Fossett cleaner and ONE of your team was in college in there and they do recall the heavy it was Eddie who is on that steady with Bettie.

  47. oh wow this is the first time ive heard people talk about craig! i lived there for a few years and i want to move back there someday :')

  48. that makes me think of people talking about "OSHA" and I was working in a decent restaurant I was changing out the fryer. We had this guy that was an OSHA rep and he said "oh did you know that when you clean out the fryer you are supposed to wait till the oil is cold so it doesn't burn you?" Me: Did you know if you are wearing proper clothing that isn't an issue plus if I waited for it to be cold it's actually MORE dangerous because of all the thick sludge it doesn't pour back as easily causing more spills and cold oil does clean as easily as hot so that means more slips. On top of that it's scrape out the excess flour which then means health-code violation because of all the build up of rotten flour in the fryer fiters." My issue with OSHA, ServSafe, and other organizations like that is it feels like a bunch of white collar bureaucrats that have never worked in a trade in their life. And 90% of their policies just screws the tradesmen over. Granted there's things I understand like avoid cross contamination, clean nails, having a dishwasher that has really hot water to kill bacteria. BUT when you dock a person down for not using gloves while plating a dessert when THAT'S ALL they are plating it's like c'mon it's a freakin cookie.

  49. For anyone who was interested in seeing the footage of this. You're welcome 🙂

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U15GjrHRLxo

  50. Mike rowe is a fuckin legend. I went to college, and I'm a financial analyst (but more an accountant) and I really love my job. However, I'd be so proud if my future children went into a skilled trade. It's so important, and it's one of the most rewarding jobs you could have.

  51. I grew up watching dirty jobs as a child. Easily one of my favorite shows. One of my favorite things to do was draw and create art. I almost wound up going to college for graphic design and a lot of graduates from my school did. I went the other direction. I went to trade school and became an electrician. I’m stress free and love the work I do. I get to help people solve their problems and create their dream homes. With this job I could afford the things I wanted on my own without help. A new car and be financially independent. I’ve recently started my own family and I am only 22 years old. Mike Rowe in my opinion is one of the most intelligent people alive and I thank him for opening my eyes to another career path. If it wasn’t for the show dirty jobs I may still be struggling with depression anxiety and worrying about how I can afford to live. Keep up the good work mike!

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