Some people just won’t take yes for an answer.
Mike Rowe is a big proponent of filling badly needed positions in the trades. He’s helping connect students with scholarships to get them down that road.
But he’s only interested in a certain kind of people.
The ones that aren’t afraid of honest work.
After all, he doesn’t want to waste that scholarship money, right?
But some people have a problem with his ‘SWEAT’ pledge… and have said so. Or, in some cases, they have let their mommies say so.
He answers a rather silly and superficial objection to the ‘free money’ he offers with his typical grace and good manners.
Off The WallMr. Rowe – I heard about your "work ethic scholarship program," and suggested my son apply. He wants to be…
Here is the ‘offending’ pledge that the complaint centered around.
“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.
On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.
Is that list offensive? Or is it a badly-needed roadmap to adulthood for a generation that has a ‘hashtag’ for something called ‘adulting’.
Maybe being responsible for your own success and happiness is a burden too big to bear for some people. If they’d only look at it from another angle, they’d realize how freeing it truly is.
by Doug Giles
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Here’s a shirt for real men (and women, too):
Why be average? It’s so overrated.
Everyone does that.