Here's how I'd sum up our conversations to this point: advice from Shaun on how, in general, service industry folks can overcome challenges and set themselves up for success.
All that focus on advising others got me wondering: what is Shaun hoping for in his life? What does he want 10 years from now?
The result was more great advice for career bartenders:
There are a lot of unknowns of course, but Shaun's general goal 10 years from now is this: he wants to still be happy at bartending.
We all know grumpy 50-year-old bartenders who, for lack of a better term, just gave up. He doesn't want that to be him.
So he knows he needs to go into his job with the right mindset: he needs to consider himself lucky that this is what he gets to do.
There are great perks—good people, steep discounts on food and bevs, friends that'll last the rest of his life, and so on.
Plus, he thinks about his customers: these people are paying to be around him, sometimes for like $20 or more an hour. When you put it that way, you have to look at it as a privilege.
Check out the interview clip for more color from Shaun about who he wants to be as a bartender, his plans for going back to school, and also his target bank account number that'll let him retire at 52: