The other night I was giving the students the bartending test so I can give them some kind of mark for the course.
It is a pretty easy test and throughout the 10 weeks if they had been reading the notes I had been giving out each week they would have no problem passing.
So after the test one of the students who loved the course came up with what I thought was a funny comment.
She said the questions on the test were not what she expected and that she spent a lot of her time studying parts of her notes that were not even asked. I thought she was kidding at first but she was dead serious. Apparently I had mentioned that this and that would be on the test.
I replied back that is what she should have done. Why if you were going to write a test would you only study part of your notes and not 100% of them. So I guess by me implying that something was going to be on the test made her study that part of her notes as well.
It is sort of like becoming a bartender and starting the job but saying I can mix the drinks but I don’t do ice….
My philosophy is if you want to learn something learn all of it. Why learn just some of it. Even my gifted 9 year old caught on to it when I told him of her statement.
So my thoughts are as always. If you only know a couple of things in life excellent that is all you need. Just learn it backwards and forward. Like it and learn it.
Maybe being a bartender is not in her future by choice but I remember when it was exam time in high school I hunkered down and studied everything. Same with the Sommelier course , French course , hotel course , typing course and other things. Just learn as much as you can and do as well as you can.
It is not about picking and choosing and sneaking by. It is about doing your best.
You don’t bake a cake and say I think I will skip the eggs this time…..