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In the essay “Blue Collar Brilliance”, Mike Rose expresses his personal experiences and observations towards jobs related to manual labor and service. He does not agree that intelligence can be measured by a certain level of education, rather he suggests that direct experiences from everyday life is the best way of learning useful skills to help us excel in life. Our society characterizes our level of intelligence solely based on our grades in school, our test scores and our highest level of education. Manual labor workers are sometimes viewed as lazy and less intelligent compared to white collar workers with a higher degree of education. However, in Mike's opinion, even though some manual labor and service jobs do not require a specific level of education, it does not mean the workers there lack intelligence nor are not hard workers. Mike Rose shares his own personal experiences from growing up in a family with blue collar workers. He provides us with details about his mother who was a waitress and about his uncle who got promoted to a supervisor from a manual labor worker. Mike observed the knowledge both his blue collar family members gained by the skills they acquired by hands on experiences. Mike's mother, Rosie was an amazing woman. She had the ability to memorize every order, remember all her customers names, and calculate exactly how long each dish took to prepare. There were customers who needed more than just a cup of coffee, and she provided each customer with the emotional needs and support they needed. Rosie's job was her school of life, and she poured her heart learning about the basic human behavior on the job which helped her career, all of her customers adored her. Mike Rose also speaks about his uncle Joe Meragilo who dropped out of High School when he was a freshman, and later on went from working as manual labor worker on the production line to becoming a supervisor at General Motors. Mike remembers how Joe used to tell him that working is...
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