The S.W.E.A.T. pledge by Mike Rowe should be read and taken to heart by EVERY American

the sweat pledge

Mike Rowe posted this on his Facebook page, and it’s awesome.


(Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo)

1. I believe that I have won the greatest lottery of all time. I am alive. I walk the Earth. I live in America. Above all things, I am grateful.

2. I believe that I am entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Nothing more. I also understand that “happiness” and the “pursuit of happiness” are not the same thing.

 3. I believe there is no such thing as a “bad job.” I believe that all jobs are opportunities, and it’s up to me to make the best of them.

 4. I do not “follow my passion.” I bring it with me. I believe that any job can be done with passion and enthusiasm.

 5. I deplore debt, and do all I can to avoid it. I would rather live in a tent and eat beans than borrow money to pay for a lifestyle I can’t afford.

 6. I believe that my safety is my responsibility. I understand that being in “compliance” does not necessarily mean I’m out of danger.

 7. I believe the best way to distinguish myself at work is to show up early, stay late, and cheerfully volunteer for every crappy task there is.

 8. I believe the most annoying sounds in the world are whining and complaining. I will never make them. If I am unhappy in my work, I will either find a new job, or find a way to be happy.

 9. I believe that my education is my responsibility, and absolutely critical to my success. I am resolved to learn as much as I can from whatever source is available to me. I will never stop learning, and understand that library cards are free.

 10. I believe that I am a product of my choices – not my circumstances. I will never blame anyone for my shortcomings or the challenges I face. And I will never accept the credit for something I didn’t do.

 11. I understand the world is not fair, and I’m OK with that. I do not resent the success of others.

 12. I believe that all people are created equal. I also believe that all people make choices. Some choose to be lazy. Some choose to sleep in. I choose to work my butt off.


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  • Kitsu Joe

    I actualy lived in a tent and ate beans :) Homeless Veteran was a step on my path …not my destination!

    • Michael Taylor

      Joe, God bless you. The problem with our country is that there aren’t more people with your attitude. Semper Fi, brother!

  • Marty

    Mike Rowe….you. are.AWESOME!

  • Jay T.

    Mike Rowe for President!!!!

  • Shiner

    This must be driving the Liberals nuts. They don’t believe in any of that.

  • Triple hop

    Shiner- I’m a liberal, and I believe in the above- but I also believe in fairness, empathy, science and cooperation for the greater good. Not saying Mike doesn’t, but those traits are not part of the current conservative gameplan in general-

    • Kevin Lauder

      The problem with these political sites is that they take anything that is not political (like this list) and try to make it about politics. Conservatives certainly do not have the monopoly on hard work. It’s all part of their brand mantra. It has nothing to do with reality. There’s plenty of lazy conservatives (most I’d say) out there that preach this hard work bulls**t. Just like there’s plenty of liberals that talk about helping the poor, but don’t like the smell of them. There’s lots of this hypocrisy to around.