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Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:24 PM

Please take a few minutes to read this.

“We don’t need American Idols,” he said. “We need American icons. Icons of work. The country needs a parapateia. We need to tell better stories of men and women who master a trade. We have to stop telling kids to blindly follow their passion and show them the opportunities that exist."

http://thefederalist.com/2018/11/19/five-takeaways-from-mike-rowes-speech-about-work-in-america/

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Reply Please take a few minutes to read this. (Original post)
Independent.mind Nov 2018 OP
PrescientWon. Nov 2018 #1
bruiserboy Nov 2018 #2
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #4
Carlos_Danger Nov 2018 #3
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #5
Currentsitguy Nov 2018 #6
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #7
Gunslinger201 Nov 2018 #8
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #11
Rebeca42 Nov 2018 #9
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #12
JaimeBondoJr Nov 2018 #10
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #13
Carl Nov 2018 #14
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #15
Muddling Through Nov 2018 #16
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #17
fools_gold Nov 2018 #18
Independent.mind Nov 2018 #19
fools_gold Nov 2018 #20

Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:27 PM

1. Should be required viewing at EVERY school in the USA.

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Response to PrescientWon. (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:30 PM

2. I absolutely agree

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Response to PrescientWon. (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:34 PM

4. Needs to be a focus put back on trades as a whole for sure.

Not glamours but a good way to make an honest living.

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:32 PM

3. Excellent read

Thanks for sharing.

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Response to Carlos_Danger (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:34 PM

5. Glad to do it.

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:49 PM

6. I couldn't agree more

After all, who does more to keep the country running on a day in, day out basis? The plumber or the marketing director? Who is more important, the guy who sold the steel for a bridge, or the welder who made sure it wouldn't fall down? The Washington lobbyist, or the gas driller who ensures we don't freeze to death in January?

A giant UFO could come down and scoop DC up in one fell swoop. and most of us would not ever notice or care. Can we say as much for the garbage collector?

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:50 PM

7. Thanks for the comment!

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:53 PM

8. I enjoy Mike Rowe

Very smart Guy, loved the Dirty Jobs Series

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Response to Gunslinger201 (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:05 PM

11. Glad you checked in.

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:55 PM

9. An excellent post

Thanks, Im!

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Response to Rebeca42 (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:06 PM

12. Thank you

Glad you found it worth your time.

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:05 PM

10. Excellent post. Agree with every word.

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Response to JaimeBondoJr (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:06 PM

13. Thanks for taking the time to reply

and glad you found the link worth your time

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:12 PM

14. Agree completely.

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Response to Carl (Reply #14)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:12 PM

15. Thanks Carl

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:26 PM

16. You know, it would never get any viewers

but a show following those people who don't succeed on "American Idol". "The Voice" etc and seeing where they wound up would be illuminating.

We put a spotlight on those who "follow their passion", but ignore the person who gets up at 5am, goes to their non-glamorous job and puts food on the table. Other than Rowe, no one is going to do a show about the bread delivery guy, the guy who keeps the trash truck running, etc.

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Response to Muddling Through (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:50 PM

17. I agree

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Response to Independent.mind (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:51 PM

18. Excellent article. I really like Mike Rowe.

I come from a family of painters and carpenters. I was the first in my family to finish high school, and went on to an engineering degree and a couple of MBAs. But I am still in awe of electricians, plumbers, carpenters, heavy equipment operators, and all the others that can turn raw materials into the useful, working, necessary articles we all need and enjoy.

I walk three mornings a week three miles down a road that used to be mostly empty, but is now being developed into upscale houses on 1 acre lots. Each morning I get sidetracked and watch heavy equipment grading the lots, foundation work, framing, roofing, plumbing crews and all the rest. I try not to stop and bother them with questions about how things are done now vs the old days, but I fail a lot. Some of the crews are happy to show off their work, other just want you to go away and get on with it. But I love watching.

I have a lot of respect for folks who build things, and keep our infrastructure running. Especially those that are good at what they do, and know it, and want to improve even more. I always want to buy those folks a beer.

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Response to fools_gold (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:53 PM

19. I learned to work with my hands and do mechanic and carpentry work out of necessity

and now find it to be a relaxing and rewarding thing to do and I do it because I truly enjoy it

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Response to Independent.mind (Reply #19)

Mon Nov 19, 2018, 04:58 PM

20. Yep, me too.

Nowadays I mostly play around with ham radio stuff and antennas for emergency communications. But over the years I did a lot of fooling around building and modifying turbo cars, off road trucks, campers, motorcycles, and some pretty involved gunsmithing. Woodworking? Nope! I have NEVER been able to saw a straight line in wood or drive in a nail without bending it. Metalwork I could deal with, but wood, forgetaboutit!

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