Getting Real About Life in the World

If you are young and not Dangerous, your dreams and passions are almost certainly pathetic shite. If you are not Dangerous, you have probably never been exposed to the full-spectrum world out there. So, here’s a word of advice: Don’t follow your passion. Discover the real world first, then you can start to work out how you might fit in that world.

Mike Rowe is a TV personality who championed the concept of “dirty jobs” — jobs that frighten or repel most people, need to be done, typically pay well, and are very low down on the list of most persons’ “dream jobs.”

Mike Rowe has a foundation, the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting “skills jobs,” work that doesn’t require a 4 year college diploma — but instead requires real world competence and skills.

* A trillion dollars in student loans.
* Record high unemployment.
* Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation started the Profoundly Disconnected® campaign to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success. The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all. Which is a long way of saying, we could use your help… __ MikeRowWORKS Foundation

Skilled workers are growing closer to retirement age. Farmers, welders, skilled construction workers, skilled maintenance workers, and a host of other pivotal “dirty jobs” requiring competence and expertise are growing older and retiring. They are not being replaced fast enough with good enough young replacements.

… the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent hasn’t been registered nurses or engineers or even web developers. It’s been the skilled trades – the welders, electricians, machinists, etc. that are so prevalent in manufacturing and construction.

But if these skilled-trades workers are difficult to find now, as Manpower MAN +2.25%’s survey indicates, just wait a few years. The skills gap is likely to become more acute.

In 2012, 53 percent of skilled-trade workers in the U.S. were 45 years and older, according to EMSI, and 18.6 percent were between the ages of 55 and 64. (We are using the Virginia Manufacturers Association’s definition of skilled trades, which encompasses 21 particular occupations.) __ Joshua Wright


Too many young people cannot focus on one thing long enough to develop competent expertise, cannot go long enough without using drugs to pass either a scheduled or a random urine test, and cannot be trusted with hazardous machinery, materials, or tools. But if young people were exposed to the real world of responsibilities and consequences early enough to understand what it takes to earn, save, and go independent — their attitudes might well undergo a significant adjustment for the better.

A lot of the “dirty-jobs” people that Rowe highlighted on his TV show were multi-millionaires. The money goes to where needs are filled, and glamour often doesn’t enter into it.

Rowe is an advocate for blue-collar workers and is the CEO of the MikeRoweWorks Foundation, which he started in 2008 to help connect people with skilled jobs. Rowe also uses it to challenge, what he calls, America’s “dysfunctional relationship with work.” __ Source

Mike Rowe has some unconventional ideas which could contribute to the improvement and prosperity of virtually any country’s educational policies. And he offers these ideas freely to every US president — whether Democrat or Republican.

“When the dust settles, and The White House gets a new tenant, I’ll make the same offer to President Trump that I did to President Obama — to assist as best I can in any attempt to reinvigorate the skilled trades, and shine a light on millions of good jobs that no one seems excited about pursuing,” he said. __ Variety

Mike Rowe wants to match people with jobs. But he also wants to improve skills training in the US, starting at the high school age level. Because of this and many of his other ideas, Rowe is light years ahead of most of his contemporaries in television and the entertainment media when it comes to contributing to useful change.

Mike Rowe goes beyond the surface fluff of politics, media, academia, and activism, and gets down and dirty in the real world. He is opening minds one by one. Perhaps if President-Elect Trump decides to give him a louder voice, he can open more minds and empower more people to develop practical skills and find ways of using them profitably. Still, there are a lot of things that Mike Rowe knows which he cannot easily communicate to modern youth and workers, raised as they have been in a milieu of short-attention-span frivolity and superficiality. But he does us all a service by continuing in what he is doing.

Dangerous Children Start Earlier and Go Much Farther

Dangerous Children know more than just blue collar skills, of course, although they cannot achieve their fullest potential without developing a wide range of practical skills and competencies — regardless of what careers, professions, vocations, and working pathways they may choose. And Dangerous Children have the utmost respect for other people who master practical skills, do dirty jobs, run their own businesses, and personally keep communities and societies running through their own competence.

But somebody needs to go beyond the way things are and how they could be better. Someone must understand how the larger workings might break and how to build the parallel infrastructures and disruptive intermeshing technologies that would allow societies to re-form and self-organise along more practical and self-sustaining and self-reforming avenues of development.

This is a higher level of the “dirty job” concept, but sooner or later it will be needed.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late (or early) to have a Dangerous Childhood.

4 thoughts on “Getting Real About Life in the World

  1. theabysslooks November 17, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    What should one do if they just began a four year college with an undecided major and without a clear goal in mind on what they want to do? I’ve heard about web development and the possibilities offered by computers, and I am interested but lost in that sort of work. I don’t know how cut out I might be for some of the dirty jobs Rowe mentions. I just know that a relative needed surgery in both shoulders after setting pipes above him for 45 years. He made his money though.


    • theabysslooks November 17, 2016 / 4:37 pm

      Or to put it another way, what are some things that can help me get the most out of college? Or even just in summer jobs?


      • alfin2101 November 21, 2016 / 1:48 pm

        Expand your mental horizons and improve your skills with people, money, and your own internal motivation / self discipline.

        When Peter Thiel formed his fellowship to provide alternatives to college for talented youngsters, he was offering kids an alternative to the “everybody needs college” dogma. Here is a brief report on how the scholarship youth are doing:

        Of the 84 kids who started in the program, only 8 have gone back to college, and some of the entrepreneurs have already sold their companies to big names like Box and Palantir.

        More lastingly, Thiel seems to have sparked a drive among bright high school kids with top-notch computer skills to skip college and head straight to Silicon Valley to take a shot at building a company. The risks are low, the potential rewards high. __ Source

        Mike Rowe is not only promoting “dirty jobs,” although that is what his show focuses on. He is promoting “skilled jobs” in the wider sense.

        The reason for presenting such options here is to widen the “job horizons” for those who have been shortchanged by not being trained to be Dangerous Children. There are some deficits that can be made up even at this late stage.

        But Dangerous Children are not being groomed for “jobs.” They learn enough about the wide range of possibilities and learn a broad enough range of skills and competencies to forge their own ways, attaining at least 3 ways to support themselves financially by the age of 18.

        Dangerous Children are being groomed for independent action and success, as well as for working with other like-minded persons on an ad hoc basis for achieving particularly important goals.

        The “job slavery” mentality has pervaded modern societies for a good reason: It makes beggars of the middle class, because beggars are easier for the ruling classes to please.


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