Mike Rowe talks new book, ‘The Way I Heard It’

The TV host’s book is part-biographical and part-memoir and offers some of the advice he’s gotten from people who work “dirty jobs.”
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Transcript for Mike Rowe talks new book, ‘The Way I Heard It’
I'm here with Mike Rowe. We have watched him take on the tough shifts hosting the show "Dirty jobs" now sharing what he learned from his versatile career in a podcast and new book called "The way I heard it." Give it up for Mr. Mike Rowe. Give it up for Mr. Mike Rowe. We all love you. Hi. "The way I heard it." When I think about all, you know, dirty jobs and how it all began and you did not want to be the expert. You wanted to learn from others and learn about their lives. What's the takeaway we all can get from that? Well for me it was, you know, don't get in front of your skis. If you don't know something and you're working in our business then you have to -- well, you have to figure out either how to appear smarter than you lee are or really be more honest than is comfortable to be and so on "Dirty jobs" I wasn't a host, I was a guest. I was an apprentice and happily people -- people liked the dynamic and so I wasn't held to the same level of expertise as an expert. I was basically paid to try and so that's what I've been doing ever since. Yeah, you have and ever since, I love the book. It's like a mix -- first of all you're a great storyteller. Well, thanks? So instructional and it's a bit of a memoir. I forgot that early in your career you were a host at QVC. It's true. Yeah. Yeah. What did you learn from that experience? That's what I learned. Don't do that. I learned actually you know what over the years I've had a lot of fun talking about QVC because right there for instance it's 3:00 in the morning and confronted a product I've never seen before and asked to talk about it for eight minutes. You learn a lot about yourself when you're on live TV and somebody says, here's the health team infrared pain reliever and you say what's it do and they say we don't know. Good luck. Every real decent lesson I've learned and been able to apply to my own misspent career I actually learned in the middle of the night selling things I didn't understand to a narcoleptic audience of lonely hearts. Who knew. Who new. I was surprised, successful, "Dirty jobs," huge success thaw didn't really want it to succeed. Explain that. Well, at the time my business model was based on identifying projects in Hollywood so hopelessly conceived and doomed that no amount of talent or luck could possibly revive them. I would attach myself to these projects and do the best work I could, thereby not getting encumbered with a long-term project and so for 12 years I had hundreds of jobs, "Dirty jobs" was a miscalculation. It was a tribute to my granddad. People watched it. They saw something of themselves in it and then 300 jobs later we were still ticking. Yeah, final question. Someone watching and I've got a lot -- I asked people today, Tuesday thought, what you're thinking of. Someone said direction, that they were in a position they didn't really want to do. What is your message to somebody who, you know, you got to have that job but it might not be speaking to who you are, what you want to do. I'd say enjoy the uncertainty of it because the minute you're certain, you're going to get bored and I've seen it for me a thousand times. I'm 57. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what it is I'm doing but I'm really lucky. I have a foundation I care about. I have a job I love. I get to write. I get to talk about books but I'm still most of my progress has been made -- it's like falling down the stairs, you know. You make good time. It hurts, but in the end, you know, in the end you're going to get to the bottom and you'll stand up and write a story about Yeah, and, boy, a story you Thanks. Thank you, Mike. Thank you. "The way I heard it" and I love that title. "The way I heard it" is available today. You know what, everyone, you're going home with a copy of Mike's

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