Darryl Stewart
By Darryl Stewart

The Dirty Jobs Philosophy

Mike Rowe, host of “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel, gave a TED talk in 2008.

He talks about what is wrong with the common adage  “if you want to succeed, follow your passion.”  He reflects on a pig farmer in Las Vegas who uses casino food scraps to feed his pigs and how  this smelly man has become a multi-millionaire.

“He stepped back, watched where everyone else was going, and he went the other way,” says Rowe.  He goes on to say how well adjusted and happy many of his dirty jobs subjects are and how not many of them “followed their passions.”

This is the story of many of us at IBEX (including me).  A biologist, a race car fanatic and former entrepreneur, a social worker and a would be football coach, all led by an engineer and geek.  Not the group you would expect to find happily working at a payroll outsourcing company.  None of us followed our passion to success.  We found success in our passion for helping others.