‘Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe’s awesome pledge for every American to sign

Mike with SWEAT Pledge Photo Credit: Facebook
Mike with SWEAT Pledge
Photo Credit: Facebook

Popular Discovery Channel host Mike Rowe took to Facebook recently to share a pledge he devised to remind America about the virtues of hard work.

Rowe, the host of “Dirty Jobs” and “Deadliest Catch,” posted the so-called SWEAT Pledge – which stands for Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo — to promote his “tough love” prescription for succeeding in a rugged environment: Put your shoulder to the wheel, be grateful you’re in America, take responsibility and don’t bellyache.

But the posting also offered a platform to respond to discontented folks who didn’t win scholarships in a contest he created earlier this year to offset high school, vocational and other students’ education expenses.

In a nutshell, Rowe suggested the disgruntled contest losers resolve to abide by the rules no matter the circumstances, learn from their disappointments and failures, and not whine or complain. To ignore his advice would truly make them losers.

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“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE”

(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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

 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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Richard Berkow

Former political news reporter Richard Berkow lost his idealism in the Kennedy years, and his innocence in Vietnam, Lebanon, and the Soviet Union. He hasn’t mellowed since, and can be harassed at [email protected]

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