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A Fan Asked Mike Rowe For Career Advice. The Response He Got Is Something Everyone Should Read.

Fan Asked Mike Rowe For Career

Mike Rowe is best known as host of The Discovery Channel’s ‘Dirty Jobs’. The TV personality is hugely popular and gets a ton of fan mail, but one particular letter really caught his attention: a young fan had written to him in search of career advice. Rowe’s response was brilliant – when you read it, you’ll see why.

Hey Mike!

I’ve spent this last year trying to figure out the right career for myself and I still can’t figure out what to do. I have always been a hands on kind of guy and a go-getter. I could never be an office worker. I need change, excitement, and adventure in my life, but where the pay is steady. I grew up in construction and my first job was a restoration project. I love everything outdoors. I play music for extra money. I like trying pretty much everything, but get bored very easily. I want a career that will always keep me happy, but can allow me to have a family and get some time to travel. I figure if anyone knows jobs its you so I was wondering your thoughts on this if you ever get the time! Thank you!

- Parker Hall

Here’s Rowe’s brilliant reply:

“Hi Parker,

My first thought is that you should learn to weld and move to North Dakota. The opportunities are enormous, and as a “hands-on go-getter,” you’re qualified for the work. But after reading your post a second time, it occurs to me that your qualifications are not the reason you can’t find the career you want.

I had drinks last night with a woman I know. Let’s call her Claire. Claire just turned 42. She’s cute, smart, and successful. She’s frustrated though, because she can’t find a man. I listened all evening about how difficult her search has been. About how all the “good ones” were taken. About how her other friends had found their soul-mates, and how it wasn’t fair that she had not.

“Look at me,” she said. “I take care of myself. I’ve put myself out there. Why is this so hard?”

“How about that guy at the end of the bar,” I said. “He keeps looking at you.”

“Not my type.”

“Really? How do you know?”

“I just know.”

“Have you tried a dating site?” I asked.

“Are you kidding? I would never date someone I met online!”

“Alright. How about a change of scene? Your company has offices all over – maybe try living in another city?”

“What? Leave San Francisco? Never!”

“How about the other side of town? You know, mix it up a little. Visit different places. New museums, new bars, new theaters…?”

She looked at me like I had two heads. “Why the hell would I do that?”

Here’s the thing, Parker. Claire doesn’t really want a man. She wants the “right” man. She wants a soul-mate. Specifically, a soul-mate from her zip code. She assembled this guy in her mind years ago, and now, dammit, she’s tired of waiting!!

I didn’t tell her this, because Claire has the capacity for sudden violence. But it’s true. She complains about being alone, even though her rules have more or less guaranteed she’ll stay that way. She has built a wall between herself and her goal. A wall made of conditions and expectations. Is it possible that you’ve built a similar wall?

Consider your own words. You don’t want a career – you want the “right” career. You need “excitement” and “adventure,” but not at the expense of stability. You want lots of “change” and the “freedom to travel,” but you need the certainty of “steady pay.” You talk about being “easily bored” as though boredom is out of your control. It isn’t. Boredom is a choice. Like tardiness. Or interrupting. It’s one thing to “love the outdoors,” but you take it a step further. You vow to “never” take an office job. You talk about the needs of your family, even though that family doesn’t exist. And finally, you say the career you describe must “always” make you “happy.”

These are my thoughts. You may choose to ignore them and I wouldn’t blame you – especially after being compared to a 42 year old woman who can’t find love. But since you asked…

Stop looking for the “right” career, and start looking for a job. Any job. Forget about what you like. Focus on what’s available. Get yourself hired. Show up early. Stay late. Volunteer for the scut work. Become indispensable. You can always quit later, and be no worse off than you are today. But don’t waste another year looking for a career that doesn’t exist. And most of all, stop worrying about your happiness. 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 the feel. But trust me, Parker. Those people are mistaken. That was a big lesson from Dirty Jobs, 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.

Good luck -


A Fan Asked Mike Rowe For Career Advice. The Response He Got Is Something Everyone Should Read.

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Check Out The Hilariously Epic Response After Prosecutors Kept Requesting A Statement From A Police Dog.

The law is a tricky beast to tackle. Trials, witnesses, evidence and precedent are all part of a complicated system that should hopefully result in justice. Sometimes, there are misunderstandings and difficult waters to navigate. But what happened to the West Midlands Police Department was absolutely ridiculous. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) repeatedly contacted the department, hoping to get an account of an altercation from Officer PC Peach. PC Peach was unavailable to give a statement, but that didn’t stop the CPS. Neither did the fact that Officer Peach is a K9 officer. Frustrations were mounting on each side, so the department gave in an sent the following statement:

Officers couldn’t understand why the CPS wouldn’t understand that Peach was a dog, so they sent back this statement.

Daily Mail
West Midlands Police Department

(H/T Although it was meant as a joke, The Professional Standards Department will be investigating the police department after the false statement. Obviously, someone should be examining the prosecutors who couldn’t understand why a German Shepherd couldn’t give a statement. Share PC Peach’s hilarious statement with others. (Good dog!)
Check Out The Hilariously Epic Response After Prosecutors Kept Requesting A Statement From A Police Dog.

Random Audience Guy Was Pulled Onstage During A Concert. And He Totally Nails It.

During every one of her concerts, Broadway star Lea Salonga (the actress who provided the singing voice of Jasmine in Disney’s Aladdin) likes to call someone up from the audience to sing a duet of the song “A Whole New World” with her. She never really knows what to really expect.

This time though she happened to ask a young inspiring singer called Jared Young onto the stage, and he absolutely nailed the song. Giving the audience a real musical treat.

Random Audience Guy Was Pulled Onstage During A Concert. And He Totally Nails It.
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The 10 Unreal Moms Of Walmart

#1 Leg Up on Value!

Walmart moms are all about them ca$h flow deals. They need to get a leg up on the pile, you know? How you gonna get those legs up that pile with a complete set of pants? Exactly.

#2 Mom Train

When you’re shopping for incredible deals (deal$) there is no time to pack up the kids properly.

#3 Booty Shorts

Little boys learn the value of booty butt cheeks at Walmart. Thanks mom!

#4 Family Creed

Dude, where ELSE would a Walmart mom pack kids?

#5 Family Creed

Mothers need to teach their daughters at a young age which sexual positions are most likely to land you at Walmart, the house of savings.

#6 Big Boy

That child is NOT too big to be treated like a prince.

#7 Get them started early with tabloids.

Read the tabloids. Who cares about clothing your baby.

#8 Big Boy

Walmart moms know that they need to spoil their sons. They could be president or the king of Candy Land one day.

#9 Which Fail?

This woman doesn’t give a sh** about what she looks like. As long as that wig is on clearance at Walmart she is going to wear it.

#10 Maybe This Isn’t Safe

Moms take their children to Walmart all the time but maybe this isn’t the place for children.

The 10 Unreal Moms Of Walmart
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