Who is Mike Rowe? Ask John Galt


If you haven’t read or don’t remember Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged stop here, you may not connect with the references but the message will be clear.

Mike “man-crush worthy” Rowe is talking, educating and writing about some very important issues: accomplishment of skills, productivity, pride, personal responsibility and the ethic of hard work as well as the material and psychological benefits that accrue from accomplishing those values and aspirations.

Who is Mike Rowe?

Mike didn’t invent the magic engine but he does feed an engine of a different sort. The engine of self-reliance, the honor associated with hard work well done and the self-respect that follows the accomplishment.

Francisco’s pleadings to Hank Reardon and John Galt’s radio address bear similarities to what Mike Rowe has to say, there is no better spokesman for the working man and the values that accrue from hard work than Mike Rowe, just as there was no better commentary for Libertarian values than John Galt, et al.

Who is Mike Rowe?

The good news is that Mike has a scholarship program, this year, in a position to award up to a half a million dollars in scholarships related to trade education. The bad news is that there is a commitment you have to swear to; ‘sweat and work ethic.’ That’s bad news because Mike’s having a hard time getting young people to agree to the S.W.E.A.T pledge (Sweat & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo). For many, those ideas, values and commitments are just a bridge too far. Sad! What is doubly sad is that when I heard Mike speak of it, it was no surprise. The next day he was flooded after his Fox News appearance. (Mike has been on all of the networks, FYI)

Mike is, as were Francisco and John Galt, firmly grounded in his belief system, his ability to apply logic and his commitment to the value of good men and women doing important work. The heroes of Atlas Shrugged would take a look at the SWEAT pledge, salute it and offer Mike a trip to Colorado. He also shares their space in his ability to gently but firmly engage and typically destroy shallow criticism, mindless ideology or self-justifying excuses from wherever they may come from. Mike’s pledge means you agree that the person responsible for you is you and only you; no whining, no complaining no excuses and no pandering. Hard work, learn, learn, learn, be of good attitude and thank the heavens for whatever opportunity is in front of you.

Who is Mike Rowe?

The S.W.E.A.T pledge follows.