Yeah, so I just been noticing that we've gotten some really interesting comments lately, especially on the "Ask Mike" and the original "Mission" videos. Since they can kinda get lost in all the other comments, thought I'd pull a few out for everyone to take notice.
I just wanted to thank you. In short for what you have done with helping people realize the value in skilled labor. I had been groomed into a white collar businessman at a young age. A big corner office and an expensive car were in my future. I had been taught anything less, was simply that, less. For one year I had worked at a fabrication shop during college to help pay some bills. I became a skilled welder and painter there and loved what I did,whether it was 40 hours a week or 80. I am close to graduating with a degree in Public Relations and a minor in Post Reconstruction American History. Either of those topics are that interesting and I realized that the job I was going to be taking would not make me happy. While finishing my degree I saw the video of your speech from the TED conference and the video when you spoke to the Commerce Science and Transportation Committee and it made me realize that my happiest days at work were when I was welding, sweaty and dirty. I have recently enrolled in an apprenticeship program to be a sheet metal welder, and I couldn’t be happier. I am excited for work more than I have ever been and I have your influence to thank. If it weren’t for those few minute speeches you made I would be stuck at a desk dealing with office politics. Now I’ll be at a work bench, dealing with welding sparks. I can’t wait for the stories.
Thank you Mike, and keep up the amazing work.
Austin P.The mrW word is getting out there...Mike, I wanted to stop by and leave you a note about your mikeroweWORKS project and its impact on my life. I have followed your show for a long time now, and always found it fascinating.
About 6 months ago, I came across this website and stopped by for awhile. I am currently a graphic designer who has worked in the office for about 7 years now. I had returned to school to get my Marketing Degree with a minor in programming and networks. After seeing your video on the national PR campaign for service jobs, as well as reading throughout the site, a seed had been planted in my head.
After a month of thinking it over, I decided to switch to the electrical field focusing on residential wiring and automation.
Your story of your grandpa had stirred in me, a memory of helping my grandpa run cable in houses and do electrical work.
The fact that the majority of people in the US are looking for the cushy office job and left the service industry lacking, combined with the major weaknesses in the US infrastructural integrity led me to the decision to take off the tie and roll up my sleeves.
The jobs are there, but no one wants to take them.
Anyways, since changing to an electrical technology focus I have had a great time. I love what I am learning and am very excited to get out into the field when I am finished with my degree.
Thank you for your dedication to the backbone of America’s workforce. If not for you, I would not have found my current career path. I am proud to be part of the service industry movement.