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Reviving Blue Collar Work: 4 Myths About the Skilled Trades

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From Jeremy Anderberg on the Art of Manliness web site:

If you can get over your fear of dirt, grime, and sweat, you have the potential to make a far better living than your office-dwelling peers. And you may even discover that it feels good to be using your body and hands every day, that it’s satisfying to be in touch with the elements, even when those elements are grimy, and that nothing feels better than taking a well-earned shower when you actually have dirt to clean off.

Anderberg explores and debunks four myths
“that have made the path of blue collar work something most young [people] don’t even contemplate taking”:

  • Myth #1: Blue-collar work is “beneath” white-collar work.
  • Myth #2: Blue-collar work isn’t creative or intellectually stimulating.
  • Myth #3: You have to follow your passion, and welding isn’t your passion.
  • Myth #4: Dirty, hard work is undesirable work.

It is a good read.