Updated on June 30, 2014
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.