What Mike Rowe Considers the ‘Greatest Lesson’ of His Life

by Quentin Blount

Do we have an identity issue when it comes to who we are as people? Discovery Channel star Mike Rowe believes that we do.

When it comes to identity, we all know Mike Rowe for his work on TV. He has starred in several shows, but the ones that come to mind are the Discovery Channel series, Dirty Jobs, and the CNN series, Somebody’s Gotta Do It. But is that how we should see Mike Rowe? For what he is, instead he of who he is?

Back in June, the Dirty Jobs star sat down with Matt Crouch on TBN’s Praise in Colorado to talk about just that.

“We have told a whole generation of kids that your happiness depends on what you do. Not who you are,” Rowe begins. “And we’ve given them a road map that takes them right off a cliff. And we’ve encouraged them, for their trouble, to borrow more money than they will ever be able to pay back.”

Mike Rowe definitely makes some solid points here. It sounds like if he had it his way, our education system would see a huge overhaul in the subjects that are children are taught. He continued with one more statement to drive home his point.

“Money, by the way, that we can’t even afford to lend them. Train them for jobs that don’t exist anymore. Everything is backwards. Everything is disconnected.”

You can watch the entire interview with Rowe and Crouch down below:

Mike Rowe’s Greatest Life Lesson

The identity issues that Mike Rowe touched on just then hit a nerve with the interviewer, Matt Crouch. Crouch responds by asking Rowe how exactly he identifies with himself.

“You aren’t who you are, you are what your title says you are,” Crouch says. “How do you identify? What is your identity based in?

“Well, look — that was the great lesson of my life,” Mike Rowe explains. “Because I had enough success up until I was 42 to create a level of hubris in my own work, right? As a guy who impersonated a host, I got enough feedback in 20 years in TV to feel very confident that I was on the right track as a host.”

Rowe admits to Crouch during the interview that he used to be rather arrogant. But it wasn’t until he starred on Dirty Jobs that he became more of a humble person.

“What I was doing didn’t have any real inherent meaning. It was just a way to pay the bills and make sure I had four or five months off a year to go see the world and have a fun time,” he said. “‘Dirty Jobs’ straightened me out. ‘Dirty Jobs’ was the show that forced me to be humble. And it forced me to assume a new role — not the role of a host or an expert — but the role of an apprentice.”