By: Patrick Maguire

Book Chapter: Introduction

Posted: 02/14/2012

It’s an interesting proposition to be confronted with the question, What inspires you? Stephen Torres, founder of the growing website, Imbibe + Inspire, posed this question to me during a recent interview. Here are some of my answers that made it into the interview, and a few relevant inspirations that didn’t:

  • Having a mission that I am deeply committed to, Server Not Servant.
  • Hardworking, good people.
  • The subculture and camaraderie of hardworking people.
  • Human dynamics and observing humans.
  • Hospitality, and everything it encompasses.
  • The trust that workers have in me to share their experiences and feelings.
  • Advocating for service industry workers.
  • George Plimpton, participatory journalist, a.k.a., “The Paper Lion”.
  • Studs Terkel, author of, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do.
  • My late Dad, and his unwaivering work ethic (working 3 jobs to support a household of 12 people).
  • My late Mom, her compassion, and ability to manage a household of 12 people with one bathroom…
  • My loyal siblings, relatives and trusted friends.
  • The late Maryanne Hooley.

Imbibe and Inspire interview.

 What inspires you?

4 Responses to “Inspiration”

  1. Natalie says:

    This blog inspires me, citing examples, and helping meto be a more patient person and to find worth and humor in every person and situation, in work and in life. Thanks, Mags!

  2. Darren says:

    It was great to see the see and hear the man behind the posts.

    I really think that your work has the potential help improve things for people on both sides of the counter. When reading your articles on human to human service I realized that if I acted bitter or resentful about my job when serving people, I had no right to complain if someone I was serving treated me badly because ultimately I was doing the same thing to my customers. When I stumbled upon your blog I was very pessimistic, but now I try to be an optimist, tho some days it’s not easy. I treat each transaction like a fresh slate, trying to forget the bad transactions and focus in on the good ones.

  3. Lou says:

    My inspiration is the possibility of fun, pleasant discourse, a joke and a smile from someone I’ve never met before. New people/customers are the life blood of staying in the business for the million (?) years I’ve been doing it.

  4. Marsha says:

    It is easier to be civil, kind, and considerate. The interview was very inspiring–especially for someone back in the game (waiting tables) after a long absence. Thank you.

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