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The Origins of "Work Smart, Not Hard" & Mike Rowe's Passion Speech

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  1. BreaknBrix

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    I was born in 1982 and have heard this slogan all my life. We've all seen it on Google & BHW. Books have been written about it. Thousands of articles. I personally might have been exposed to some form of this slogan over a million times in my life.

    But I never fully realized how effectively this slogan (and other versions of it) have brainwashed me. Even on this forum when I see people correct others with "work smart AND hard"... my brain still seems to read "work smart, NOT hard."

    Cause THAT'S the slogan that was drilled into my pre-adult brain. Even though my PARENTS taught me the value of hard work (by busting their asses to raise me).... even though I worked 2 jobs in highschool ... my friends, my brothers, my society somehow taught me otherwise. That working hard is for suckers. And so I always felt like a sucker no matter what job I worked. Maybe that's why I thought cooking meth was such a great idea at the time.

    Anyway, the radio was talking about Mike Rowe today. For anyone who doesn't know he's the guy from Discovery Channels "Dirty Jobs". And I loved that show. I remember watching it in college and thinking "how lucky I am to NOT be one of these sad, miserable idiots". And by "idiot" I meant ALL the people in the show working these shitty jobs.

    They're all broke slaves. They're not going anywhere in life. I'm the "lucky one."

    THAT'S how I thought in college (around 2003 when the show first aired).

    Anyway, I found out Mike Rowe released a commencement speech 3 days ago & it's directed at high school students. It's on YT titled: "Don't Follow Your Passion." It's a short but sweet speech.

    Then after that I clicked on another speech he gave. Which apparently wasn't marketed that well and still hasn't received much attention. But after the 11 minute intro, and after the full speech I realized, "I'm 33 and I'm still a fucking idiot."

    It caught me by surprise to watch Mike ATTACK this slogan. But what really caught me off guard is I WENT TO COLLEGE. Yet still somehow at 33, I had no idea this slogan was part of a college marketing campaign that started in 1979.

    The poster he shows in the video which you'll see, colleges must have removed before I got in.

    I just find it really strange how my dad spent his entire life building homes. My mom spent her life teaching. But most my life when I see a plumber, mechanic, garbage man, teacher, etc... I've always had this contempt. I've never felt it towards my mom or dad but I'd feel bad or pity people who worked completely normal jobs.

    Then I look at what I do for a living today. I started off selling websites. Then somehow got decent at lead gen. Then used those marketing skills to launch a business with my brother so I can learn a skilled trade. And as I slowly leap into more verticals and age... I'm getting certified in more and more skilled trades? Not to work in these trades but to market them (the grandeur never ends).

    And I know a lot of guys are on here for different reasons. This is a great forum. But there are many lost souls who have no idea wtf they're doing with their lives. I see guys act a certain way. Then a few months later they're showing me a site asking for advice and it's 10 fucking pages big. Or it's the poorest effort at marketing I've seen in my life.

    I'm NEVER gonna believe all men are created equal. I'll always gonna think I'm better than someone even when I'm writing the opposite on here. But young dudes really need to be careful to not fall into the same traps I did.

    Especially this trap of following your passion. Being told your a special flower. You can be w/e you want in life. Which always seems to trigger some form of apathy or anxiety. Living in a world where there's 100 new problems every day ... 100 new causes to fight for... and you probably wanna fight for something (more meaningful) but have no fucking clue where to start.

    So I'll give you a couple suggestions.

    Suggestion 1: Your 1st passion should always be your own sustainability. As in learning to self sustain, support yourself and be independent.

    Suggestion 2: Exactly what Mike Rowe says. "Don't follow your passion, follow opportunity and just bring your passion wherever you go." Cause you might find out like many do... that real "passion" doesn't come till later in life. When you least expect it.

    Finally, watch this video. The intro is 11 mins. And it starts off scattershot. But after 12 mins he digs into some really deep shit. Both figuratively and literally.

     
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  2. SocialsBoost

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    Very inspring post thanks. I totally agree with you : Your 1st passion should always be your own sustainability. Especially when you start growing you realize that it is good to have passions but you cannot make a living of them.
     
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  3. MoneyEagle

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    Thanks for the post!
    I would also like to say that, resource-based economies will collapse someday, but skill-based economies tend to get better and better.
    We can see what Saudi Arabia is going through.

    Simply put : Don't go for resources, go for skills.
     
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    My 1st passion is to make money and boats load of it. I guess that means in reality I'm just looking to be self sustainable. It's weird though. I've always felt a bit of jealousy towards the electricians, construction workers, etc that I used to walk past going to class. Just being able to work hard and seeing real, physical results right in front of them. I realised early on in life how much BS everyone will try to sell you, so I just ignore it and do what I have to do.
     
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    This is one of the most useful posts I've seen on BHW this year. LEGIT!
     
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    I've never felt sorry for people who have a skilled job. My brother and father went to school for HVAC. My uncle is a plumber. My other uncle is an electrician. I have friends who are in construction. They all make good money. Started out at $25 an hour. Now they make upwards of $80 an hour, over $200 an hour if it's a holiday or overtime. So nope. I don't feel bad for them. At all.

    I feel bad for people who don't have a skill. Like people who work at WM, McDonald's, etc. Those companies pay shit and treat their workers like shit, just bc they can find any idiot to do the job. They don't value their employees, because they don't have any skills.

    My sister has a job interview this morning for $14.25 an hour. She's an IT professional. I'm happy for her. I hope she gets it. She went to school for that skill and she deserves to get paid for it. It's an entry level position, and it's part-time but it's still decent money.

    I like the video. I'm all on board for getting/learning/improving a skill. I just learned how to write sales pages, so I added that skill to my repertoire and charged more for it. I'm also learning how to write case studies. Again, so I can charge for it. I'm gonna be honest: at times I'm really overwhelmed with my job. But my skills are in demand, and the money is amazing. And my clients are asking me if I do related things, which makes me go out and learn those skills so I can charge for them.

    Even if you work online you need skills. Otherwise you aren't going to succeed.

    Edit: Btw, I never went to college. I never believed that was the answer to anything. ;)
     
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  7. Wuconnect

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    A real eye opener. Nah.. for real.. it opens your Eyes TF Up. The message is simple (and a bit of coppin a bit of alwaysinvisible message) Learn the skills and do it well. Then work your butt off and make sure people know they come to you for a in demand skill. If they ask for something related... go out and learn them..and charge for it.

    BreaknBrix I've seen you on the forum a few times and even commented on the little threads I've made. What you say is real and I'm more than proud to bump this so people can see the message.
     
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    Love your post, inspiring words. Going to watch the video in a minute as well...
     
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    Wicked video :)