Epic Words of Wisdom Courtesy of Mike Rowe

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Mike Rowe initially shot to fame after the show Dirty Jobs began airing in 2003. He became a representative for blue-collar workers everywhere, showcasing jobs that many people didn’t realize existed, but that have to be done. Over time, he established himself as a philosopher and has shared various “words of wisdom” over the years.

Rowe has had his fair share of quotable moments, imparting wisdom onto anyone who might benefit from his experience and perspective. The Chive compiled some of his greatest quotes. Here are some of the best.

“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.”

“Innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time.”

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

“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 school.”

“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.”

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

“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.”