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Best career advice ever.

  1. Dec 19, 2008 #1


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    This might be something to keep in mind. With the economy tanking hard and competition stiff already, not all of us are going to get into to grad school and even fewer will become professors.

    Regardless, Mike Rowe is awesome.
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  3. Dec 19, 2008 #2
    So the solution is to give up and get a job biting the testicles off sheep?

    Sorry, but I aspire to more. And I can't believe that that is a bad thing, for me or for society at large.
  4. Dec 19, 2008 #3
    You didn't understand Rowe's point.
  5. Dec 19, 2008 #4


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    To be honest, I had trouble decoding what he was trying to say as well. Or at least I don't agree with what I think he was trying to say on the surface.
  6. Dec 19, 2008 #5
    I don't get what the article means...
  7. Dec 19, 2008 #6
    Have pride in what you do, and you'll be happy?
  8. Dec 19, 2008 #7
    That's pretty much it. What he is saying is don't fall into the trap of "following your heart" because you'll end up doing something you aren't suited for.
  9. Dec 19, 2008 #8
    I have no doubt that people who have no desire to accomplish anything but the task set before them today are, in general, much happier than the people who have real goals and aspirations.

    If all you want to do is bite off sheep testicles all day, it's almost impossible to fail. If you try to do more than that, it's almost certain that you will fail at some point. And most probably fail repeatedly. But personally, I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't at least try.

    I tend to believe that one should follow one's dream... but even more than that, I think I believe in self-improvement. I might not get to where I want to go... but I'm sure that I'll be a better person for putting in the effort.
  10. Dec 19, 2008 #9
    I think the point of the article is to not blindly follow one's dreams, but to have the ability to reflect on what you are doing and making sure that it is still part of your "dream".

    As a watcher of Dirty Jobs, you notice that most of these people take advantage of an opportunity that comes along that they may not have taken if they were dead set on following their dream.

    Also, I think there's this negative feeling surrounding blue collar workers. Nearly every person that appears on the show works in, or owns a small business. They are doing quite alright for themselves, I believe.
  11. Dec 19, 2008 #10
    You seem to know an awful lot about sheep testicle biting.

    Anyway - pursuing some higher purpose might be good for you. If that's what you want, go for it! But when you start to think you're better than someone else for it, that's when it becomes very, very silly.
  12. Dec 19, 2008 #11
    However, it has to be said that the article is really nothing more than a way for the writer to advertise his show by playing on the fears that people have about the current economy.
  13. Dec 19, 2008 #12
    I never said I was better than anyone else. I said that I was a better *me* for trying.

    I certainly don't look down on blue collar workers.. after all, *someone* has to bite off those sheep testicles... and if anything, I'm grateful it isn't me. :smile:
  14. Dec 19, 2008 #13
    That's a pretty sinister plot, eh? I didn't know the economy had gotten so bad that I'd have to start watching the discovery channel.
  15. Dec 19, 2008 #14
    I'm not saying you were. I'm saying the fact that it's good advice for you is not sufficient to make it good advice for all. Different strokes, good for the goose and all that.
  16. Dec 19, 2008 #15
    If you do what you want to do then pride in is a given, isn't it?
  17. Dec 19, 2008 #16
    If you have a "dream" or a goal what's the hurt in pursuing it? None I'd presume. I get the feel that he's suggesting avoid tunnel vision, as you may pass up other opportunities that offer their own rewards.
  18. Dec 19, 2008 #17
    Mike Rowe can suck it.
  19. Dec 19, 2008 #18
    Cynical article.

    I could just say.. hey.. I don't mind this dead beat job, I'll make the most of it.. but in the back of my mind will be... well... what if I had done something different...

    And the basic fact I live by is, we only get one shot at this life, why not make the most of it.

    And I agree, investing in yourself is a great way to great improve your life later on down the road.

    It's your life, do what you want with it.

    And I think that's enough cliches for the day. Arrivederci.
  20. Dec 20, 2008 #19
    I'm willing to bet this guy ended up in a career he never thought he would as a kid.

    My life principle is to be happy. That is the general goal in life that pretty much everyone can agree on. For some people this can mean finding a job so that you can afford all your trinkets and all your hobbies and for other people this means turning your hobby into a job.

    I don't see why either is a bad choice. Even right now it is very tempting to get an MBA and start making some money. I could settle in to a decent job, earn some cash and start my life. If I wanted some trinket, I could probably afford it and if I wanted to finance some hobby like deep sea diving or something I could likely finance that too.

    On the other hand the idea of going to work where I can make new technologies is really awesome. I absolutely love making and designing things, along with learning why things work. So why not get a Ph.D. in something like applied physics? Graduate school will be very hard, but I will enjoy it since I will be learning and doing research. I probably won't make as much money as if I had taken the MBA route, but my 8-10 hours of work a day will be a lot more enjoyable.

    The fact is some passions just don't let you eat bread. My sister wants to be a writer. What are the odds of her being able to support herself with that? So the solution would be to get a job that pays money and write as a hobby. Who knows, maybe she will make the next Harry Potter or something, but it's not worth the risk to do it full time.

    So if EVERYBODY followed their dreams, a lot of people would be unemployed and homeless.
  21. Dec 20, 2008 #20
    Hurm... I thought that was *my* point! :smile:
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