Having come to my own conclusions about how Mike Rowe, the Dirty Jobs guy rose to succeed, I might be remiss in not also pointing out he has his own secrets to success. Titled “Seven Dirty Habits of Highly Effluent People”, they are:

  1. Never follow your passion, but by all means bring it with you.
  2. Beware of teamwork.
  3. Vomit proudly and whenever necessary.
  4. Be careful, but don’t be fooled–safety is never first.
  5. Think about what you are doing–never how.
  6. Ignore advice such as “Work smart, not hard.” It’s dangerous–and moronic.
  7. Consider quitting.

Experience suggests that there’s more truth here than first meets the eye!