11 Quotes That Prove Why Mike Rowe Is America's "Everyman"

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Standing up for the little guy.

Donald Trump's presidential win made working-class Americans finally feel visible and like their needs were being prioritized over white-collar Americans — at least, that’s what Mike Rowe, the actor best-known as for hosting of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs thinks.

"In a very simple way, Dirty Jobs said ‘Hey — we can see you,’ to millions of regular people who had started to feel invisible," Mike Rowe said in an interview with the Washington Times. "Ultimately, that’s why Dirty Jobs ran for eight seasons. And today, that’s also why Donald Trump is the President of the United States.”

You don’t have to agree with him, but you can and NEED to understand where he’s coming from. Because where he's coming from is where a lot of Americans come from too.

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Mike Rowe watched his grandfather build his family's home from the ground up with his own hands. It was from him that he first learned the value of hard work. 

And Rowe helped launch a celebration of hard work with Dirty Jobs, which featured rough-and-tumble blue-collar professions and helped further Rowe's admiration of the hard-working everyday man. The show has allowed Rowe not only to connect with the working class but actually put himself in their position. 

Representing the working class didn’t just stop when Dirty Jobs did, though.

Through his mikeroweWORKS Foundation, Mike Rowe has been able to award scholarships to those who are looking to start a career in high-demand, skilled trades.

So, not only does he understand the value of hard work and what it means to the working class citizens of America, but he’s also taken initiative to help as many people as he can find fulfilling careers.

But even then, he knows that just because he appreciates the working class, not everyone else does, which is why he spoke at the Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee in 2011.

Profoundly Disconnected

He explained that while it was great that young kids wanted to grow up to be astronauts, you would never find an ad looking to hire astronauts. Just like any career, you need to work your way up to the job you want.

But that's not the only thing Mike Rowe believes in.  

Take his stance on gun control

According to Rowe, an NRA supporter, nothing has made gun the situation worse than the dated records and technology America uses to handle gun control. “I’m just skeptical that expanding a broken system is the best way to keep guns away from bad guys and lunatics,” he wrote on Facebook.

And what he's saying is resonating with people.

With a successful weekly podcast, a HUGE following on Facebook, and a blog that covers pretty much everything, he’s a social media wizard (and you’d have to be crazy not to get in on it).

And if that doesn’t convince you how well-rounded and admirable he is, he’s still an Eagle Scout. Yes, it’s true — Rowe was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Now, let me put that into perspective for you: This award is ONLY given to Eagle Scouts who have a rank of 25 years of service at a minimum.

In his TED Talk, Mike Rowe explains how he’s constantly learning and discovering new things, no matter how those lessons come about.


Above all, Rowe knows that nothing good comes of trying to rush through anything or by not putting in enough effort. 

So, we pulled together some quotes by Mike Rowe that prove he’s more relatable and authentic than you might think.

If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.

“I wouldn't wish any specific thing for any specific person - it's none of my business. But the idea that a four-year degree is the only path to worthwhile knowledge is insane. It's insane.” — Mike Rowe

“People like to cherry-pick the parts of their career that they're either in the midst of or that they're the most proud of, but the truth is careers and lives are tapestries.” — Mike Rowe

“You've got a lot of very, very smart people standing by waiting for somebody else to do the work. Not a recipe for long-term solvency in my opinion.” — Mike Rowe

“I'm looking forward to the future, and feeling grateful for the past.” — Mike Rowe

“The one thing that TV is bad at doing is preaching. There are two extremes, you either turn the people into a punchline or turn them into heroes, and both of those things suck, because most people are neither in real life.” — Mike Rowe

“Dirt used to be a badge of honor. Dirt used to look like work. But we've scrubbed the dirt off the face of work, and consequently we've created this suspicion of anything that's too dirty.” — Mike Rowe

“I can say the willingness to get dirty has always defined us as an nation, and it's a hallmark of hard work and a hallmark of fun, and dirt is not the enemy.” — Mike Rowe

"Happiness does not come from a job. It comes from knowing what you truly value, and behaving in a way that's consistent with those beliefs." — Mike Rowe

"Our country is currently obsessed with determining the difference between a 'good job' and a 'bad job' because we have become convinced that the road to 'job satisfaction' is dependent on the job itself." — Mike Rowe

"Attitude, attitude, attitude. You can't teach it; either you have it or you don't." — Mike Rowe

"How are we ever going to accomplish anything in this incredibly divisive time if we associate only with people that we don't disagree with?" — Mike Rowe