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12 Points in Mike Rowe’s S.W.E.A.T. Pledge – Exactly What Americans Need to Regain Its Can-Do Spirit

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Former Dirty Jobs’ host Mike Rowe and advocate of getting Americans back to work in real jobs posted a S.W.E.A.T. (Skills & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) Pledge on Facebook that is just the kind of straight talk we need to have with ourselves as a country to get that “can-do” spirit back.

In life, attitude is everything, and this list will help people get that. Via our friends at YoungCons:

“THE S.W.E.A.T. PLEDGE”

(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.

Rowe says that he posted the S.W.E.A.T. Pledge as part of his promotion of $1 million in scholarships available through his mikeroweWORKS website.