Mike Rowe’s SWEAT Pledge

Some idiot had a problem with this. (Actually, Mike says that’s lots of people do, but he considers it to be their problem.)


(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)


1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

Mike Rowe for President!

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

Mike Rowe for Chief Justice of the SCOTUS!

3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

(Frankly, I disagree with the first part. There are lousy jobs (and I have had a couple), but he’s right to view it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and do the best you can.

4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

True, but you might be able to find a better match for own abilities, so keep your eye’s open for opportunities.

5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

All the Dave Ramsey you need to know in two sentences.

6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

Teaching personal responsibility has been out of fashion for at least three generations. Welcome back, old friend.

7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

And if you grow beyond what’s available there move on.

8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

Take these words to heart, especially the second part. I’m gonna be doing some self-reflection this summer with this mind.

9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

Libraries aren’t what they used to be (and neither are librarians), but they should have internet access. Youtube can be an awesome source of practical instruction.

10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone (else; ed.) for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

I’ve worked with a lot of kids from shitty backgrounds. You need to get them to believe that what happened to them before is not their fault, but they are responsible for what happens now and going forward. To many people in the “helping” professions are too invested in creating a permanent victim class.

11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

The exact opposite of most of what is taught to young people today. People are taught to be victims (unless you are a white male, then you are taught that you are evil incarnate).

12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.

I would drop the first sentence, as it’s demonstrably incorrect. I’m happy to co-sign the rest.

On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

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