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Mike Rowe: “How Did I Get Here?”

An oldie but a goodie.  Here is a thought-provoking TED Talk by Mike Rowe.  Mike recounts the “Dirty Jobs” episode where he was reminded of the Aristotelian definition of a tragedy: anagnorisis  (the transition from ignorance to knowledge) and peripeteia (the moment where the tragic hero comes face to face with his true self).

Some paraphrases that stick in my head after seeing this video again:

“Follow your passion?  Or step back, look to see where everyone is going, and go the other way?”

“Innovation without imitation is a complete waste of time.”

“Clean and dirty aren’t opposites, they’re two sides of the same coin.  Just like innovation and imitation, like risk and responsibility, like anagnorisis and peripeteia.”

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