Mike Rowe talks about celebrating work – and the value of “Dirty Jobs”

Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel is one of my favorite shows.  It’s a simple concept. The host, Mike Rowe, visits someone who has what he calls a “dirty job,” but one that needs to be done. This might be making charcoal, digging a wine cave or catching crab in the Bering Sea.  He celebrates the people who do these jobs that need to be done.

He spoke at the TED Conference in 2008 about the nature of work and said “We’ve declared war on work as a society.”  He goes on to call for a “PR campaign for work. Manual labor. Skilled labor. Somebody needs to be out there talking about the forgotten benefits.”

It’s a great talk and worth watching on a Friday.

He’s also put his money where his mouth is with MikeRoweWorks.com (pay no attention to all the FLASH at the beginning)to try and keep this moving. I’m trying to help the way I know how, by spreading the word.  And yes, Mike’s on Twitter.

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