‘American Pickers’ Star Mike Wolfe Said He Can ‘Lose Sight of What’s Important’ with Show’s Success

by John Jamison
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Mike Wolfe spent years trying to make American Pickers a success. He quickly found out how easy it was to lose sight of the important things in his life when he finally did so.

For more than five years, Mike Wolfe faced constant rejection. Everyone he talked to in the entertainment industry or production business didn’t seem to think his idea for a new antique picking show was any good. He never lost faith in his abilities or the idea itself. But all of that rejection must have been incredibly grounding.

When American Pickers finally got picked up, produced, and presented, though, it exploded. It quickly became one of the History Channel’s best-performing shows. And that meant a ton of newfound resources at Mike Wolfe’s disposal. But success isn’t always roses.

Mike Wolfe discovered some of the pitfalls that come with the territory of celebrity and popularity within a year of the show’s first season. The American Pickers star talked about losing sight of things during the 2011 opening party of his Antique Archaeology store in Nashville. He had Hobo Jack on stage with him to perform, and the conversation quickly grew heartfelt.

“There’s a lot going on now. You know, we have 10 people up in our grill all day long, filming us. And sometimes you can kind of lose sight of what’s important to you and why you started down a certain path and journey,” said Wolfe. “And then you realize how important people are in your life.”

He referenced people like Hobo Jack as one of the reasons he got into picking in the first place. In fact, his entire message of importance revolved specifically around the man who gained fame as one of American Pickers‘ first memorable encounters.

Jealous of Mike Wolfe’s Antique Hunting Lifestyle Depicted on ‘American Pickers’? Look Inward, You Just May Have What it Takes

It’s hard not to be jealous of Mike Wolfe. I know we Outsiders are. The American Pickers star gets to travel around this vast country, meeting new people and discovering pieces of American history.

If you’re anything like us, you’ve fantasized about hitting the road and turning a profit on some cool finds, even if it’s just over a weekend. Maybe you’ve already done exactly that. It certainly wouldn’t surprise Mike Wolfe. He believes we all have that gene inside us.

“I think were all born as pickers because we all have that sense of curiosity and adventure, wanting to discover, but as we get older, we tend to lose some of that. Because we have obligations, you know we have mortgages, and we have children and car payments, and we have all these things going on in our lives,” Wolfe told the audience at a talk in 2013.

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