Here is a wonderful video interview of Mike Rowe by Reason.com via Mish’s Global Economic Trends about education and work. It’s kind of long at 41 minutes, but well worth the time.
Rowe has hosted the Discovery Channel series Dirty Jobs.
One of his stories reminds IFO of her father. Every house we lived in he worked on – installed electric light switches instead of string pulls, added a room, took out a wall to make the master bedroom bigger – he was always doing stuff or fixing stuff. IFO thought he was the coolest and handsomest man on the planet.
Rowe on his grandfather, who had an eighth grade education: “The guy could build a house without a blueprint.”
Another Rowe story is about freelancing – totally correct. Perfectly fits IFO’s opinions and experience.
Journalism, IFO’s day job, is a form of dirty work. When IFO got started as a reporter, most of us did NOT have a college degree. One of her editors, quite a bit older than she, also didn’t have a college degree. We worked with our hands – typing, writing notes at interviews and taking photos.
Investment lesson: don’t let anyone turn you away from your best instincts.