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The Path of the Bartender

March 2, 2009 By: Gary Regan

I've been listening to Deepak Chopra's Seven Spiritual Laws of Success on my iPod, recently, and although I know that this guy annoys all heck out of some people, I really like the man.  First off I like that he ties science in with spirituality--it's the spoonful of sugar I sometimes need to help the spirituality go down--and I also love that Chopra shows us how to use the ways of the universe to make some cash.  Well, okay, not just cash, but cash enters into it.

Success, Chopra points out, isn't necessarily achieved by making lots of money, but he doesn't see anything wrong with making money, either, so I think that if we, as bartenders, put some of his ideas into practice, we can have a worldwide experiment to see whether they lead to us putting more money into our tip cups, right? 

Wanna play?

First take a look at the three steps that Chopra says will lead to accomplishing "The Law of Giving." (Just one of the seven laws of success that he details in the book.)

1. Wherever I go, and whoever I encounter, I will bring them a gift. The gift may be a compliment, a flower or a prayer. Today, I will give something to everyone I come into contact with, and so I will begin the process of circulating joy, wealth and affluence in my life and in the lives of others.

2. Today I will gratefully receive all the gifts that life has to offer me. I will receive the gifts of nature: sunlight and the sound of birds singing, or spring showers or the first snow of winter. I will also be open to receiving from others, whether it be in the form of a material gift, money, a compliment or a prayer.

3. I will make a commitment to keep wealth circulating in my life by giving and receiving life's most precious gifts: the gifts of caring, affection, appreciation and love. Each time I meet someone, I will silently wish them happiness, joy and laughter.

Okay guys, now let's put that into barspeak:

Next time you're behind the stick, send a silent good thought or a prayer to each and every one of your customers.  Think it as you make their drink.  Just think something akin to, "I hope you have a fabulous time here tonight."  Something real simple.

Chances are you won't remember to do this with every single guest, but when you do remember, just do it, and eventually it'll get to be a habit.  Whatever you do, though, don't give yourself a hard time if you forget.  We're not here to beat ourselves up, you know.

Next pay attention to the "mood of the barroom."  Is it, perhaps, a little happier in there tonight?  If so, you've been successful, right?

Look, too, to see if people who normally don't treat you very well are perhaps treating you just a little bit better tonight.  That's a success, too.

And finally, count your tip cup at the end of the shift, and see if you might have made just a little more money than usual.  Wouldn't that be grand?

If you join in this experiment, I think you might want to keep it up for at least a week, or maybe you'd like to commit to a whole month.  Whatever.  It's your call.  There's even a chance that you'll end up doing this for the rest of your life.  Even when you retire to that mansion in the Bahamas . . . 

This is gonna be a hoot, I think, and the best thing about it is the fact that there's potentially some hard cash to be made here, and all we're doing is thinking good thoughts.  What could go wrong, huh?

And I'd love to hear back from you about what happens when you do this sort of stuff, so please drop me a line at gary@ardentspirits.com and tell me all about it.

Until next time, then, keep walking The Path of the Bartender.

Cheers, Gaz Regan


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