Mike was talking about “following your passion.”
It’s terrible advice. On Dirty Jobs I met a lot of very passionate people, but very few followed their passion into their current vocation.
Les Swanson from Wisconsin cleaned septic tanks. I asked him one day-we were literally standing up to our nipples in the most indescribable bouillabaisse-“Les, what’d you do before this?”
It’s like 110 degrees, the sweat is running off his face, and he looks and me and he says-I swear-“I was a guidance counselor.”
He was a psychologist. I said, “Why’d you leave that?”
And without missing a beat he said, “I got tired of dealing with other people’s shit.”