You know Mike Rowe. He did that ‘Dirty Jobs’ TV show.
He wrote this article and it was published in Popular Mechanics.
When I was 17 my high school guidance counselor tried to talk me into going on to earn a four-year degree. I had nothing against college, but the universities that Mr. Dunbar recommended were expensive, and I had no idea what I wanted to study. I thought a community college made more sense, but Mr. Dunbar said a two-year school was “beneath my potential.” He pointed to a poster hanging behind his desk: On one side of the poster was a beaten-down, depressed-looking blue-collar worker; on the other side was an optimistic college graduate with his eyes on the horizon. Underneath, the text read: Work Smart NOT Hard.
“Mike, look at these two guys,” Mr. Dunbar said. “Which one do you want to be?” I had to read the caption twice. Work Smart NOT Hard?”
That’s an interesting image. The guy in the coveralls looks like he is honestly tired after a day of hard work – but he’s working. The kid in the cap and gown thinks he has the world by the tail. Lately we have seen a lot of kids with looks like that because they have an expensive diploma. Once they get out of the get-up, though, they are having trouble finding work that they will do so they can pay off their debts.
What do these two guys do? The blue-collar guy has a job. If he loses it he gets another. He realizes that the world doesn’t owe him a nice, tidy living. The guy with the diploma? You know the story. He joins the ‘Occupy’ movement so he can return to the irresponsible party atmosphere he enjoyed while at university. What else does he know?