Mike Rowe is my hero and moral compass. The 49-year-old host of Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs surely descended from Johnny Appleseed, Paul Bunyan, the Marlboro Man or some other mythological figure meant to embody the ideal red-blooded American male. Rowe is charming, seemingly always agreeable, with a face for television and a voice for radio. He obviously isn’t afraid to experience the kind of work environments that would make lesser men wretch and is an ardent supporter and champion of American manufacturing and our country’s blue collar workforce.
If you watch Dirty Jobs you know the best part about the show (aside from seeing what some honest people do to make a buck) are Rowe’s pithy asides. Little pearls of wisdom about life and hard work inside the entertaining oyster farm of a well-produced 22-minute television program. And if you’ve ever thought to yourself, “I’d like to see more of Rowe dispensing his good judgement to the camera,” click over to FastCompany and enroll in the business magazine’s 30-Second MBA program.
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