I am a product of my choices, not my circumstances – Mike Rowe

Excuse me while I got into “deep thought SCB” this morning. Don’t worry, I’ll get back to the usual, where I talk about eating ice cream for dinner while watching Sponge Bob with Lu tomorrow.

Mike read The S.W.E.A.T Pledge from the Mike Rowe Works website to me a couple weeks ago. It was one of those goose bumps, powerful moments that really stuck with me.


For those of you that might not know, Mike Rowe is the star on Dirty Jobs, the voice of The Deadliest Catch and a bunch of other shows. He has created a foundation called Mike Rowe Works.

I copied it directly from his website. I believe in it so much, I don’t want any of you to miss out on reading it like the one time Mike (my husband) posted a link on my FB, and I clicked “like” without reading it-something I will never do again.


(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 entitledto 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.
On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. I promise to live by them.

SCB thoughts:

These are powerful words. There is nothing political here at all. This pledge is a promise to change my life and therefore change my world around me. It reminds me to be self reliant. It reminds me that I am responsible for my happiness. I am to blame for my success/failure.

When I fail, what kind of character will I show my family, to Lu, and the rest of the world? Will I lay down and admit defeat, or will I refuse to let those circumstances define me?

I read this all the time and think to myself, wow Mike Rowe nailed it. This is absolutely perfect.

Because I have the ability to connect anything with working out, I have been applying his life advice to help work through with my injury.

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Every day I to choose to be happy with where I’m at and finding my new, partially crippled normal. Sometimes it get’s a little rough, but then I’ll see someone in a wheel chair going to the gym or an amputee walking downtown on crutches. I’m brought back to reality and I am immediately thankful for the injury I have. Things could always be worse.

Turns out I really love the pool and my injured paw definitely does too!  I might even keep pool running when I get the okay to run and cycle again. I whole heartedly believe doing nothing would be detrimental to my recovery. 



13 Comments on “I am a product of my choices, not my circumstances – Mike Rowe

  1. Amen, sister! This is such an excellent post and thank you so much for putting it out there. As you know, I am struggling through some injuries right now too (and I won’t even know my running future for another few weeks when I see a specialist about my lumbar arthritis). But I just refuse to let this get me down. Like you, I start to pout and then I see someone like Amy Van Dyken who was an Olympic swimmer and now may never walk again after a freak ATV accident. Wow, talk about put things into perspective. I want to be a positive example to those around me and I want to be proud of my reaction to when life doesn’t go exactly how I want it or expect it too. I saw Master Class with Robin Roberts on the OWN channel last night (insert Oprah jokes here)…anyway, she said “be flexible with your goals”. You can still reach for them they just might not look exactly how you envisioned.

    Happy to be on this journey with you.

    Hugs from Colorado!

  2. Great post friend… #5 and #11. Hits it on the nail. I won’t go into my own personal financial deets, but now we only have 1 credit card that stays at full balance for only emergencies. If I can’t use cash or debit, I don’t need it. And number 11. Good for those who can BQ and run like 1:30’s and 3:15’s… I ain’t mad…go get yours.

  3. This is awesome. I’m going to have to share this with everyone I know. I agree with the complaining and no bad job (and everything else he says) but this reminds me something of what my former CEO would say. He always told people to leave their bad attitude in the car because it will bring everyone down. We are a product of our own choices and being happy is a choice!

  4. Love this! And I totally agree with this philosophy. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. So true!! …and yes, doing nothing would be detrimental to you physically and mentally, which are both equally important in your recovery!!

  6. I love Mike Rowe! It’s great to hear how you’re taking to pool running…I was forced to bike for the last 8 weeks waiting for my tendonitis to heal and now I’m excited to keep biking along with running. I always learn so much about my character when i have an injury…I have the initial pity party and then i take the healing challenge on full force. It’s sort of how i am with most set backs whether physical or emotional. I’m looking forward to reading more about your summer of swimming and pool running and I can’t wait to hear about each milestone in your healing process. It’s still a journey…enjoy it =)

  7. LOVE this! I have always liked Mike Rowe and now I love him even more – thanks for sharing!! 😉

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