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How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else - Michael Gates Gill
How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
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Now in paperback, the national bestselling riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks. In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a mansion in the suburbs, a... show more
Now in paperback, the national bestselling riches-to-rags true story of an advertising executive who had it all, then lost it all—and was finally redeemed by his new job, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss, at Starbucks. In his fifties, Michael Gates Gill had it all: a mansion in the suburbs, a wife and loving children, a six-figure salary, and an Ivy League education. But in a few short years, he lost his job, got divorced, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. With no money or health insurance, he was forced to get a job at Starbucks. Having gone from power lunches to scrubbing toilets, from being served to serving, Michael was a true fish out of water. But fate brings an unexpected teacher into his life who opens his eyes to what living well really looks like. The two seem to have nothing in common: She is a young African American, the daughter of a drug addict; he is used to being the boss but reports to her now. For the first time in his life he experiences being a member of a minority trying hard to survive in a challenging new job. He learns the value of hard work and humility, as well as what it truly means to respect another person. Behind the scenes at one of America’s most intriguing businesses, an inspiring friendship is born, a family begins to heal, and, thanks to his unlikely mentor, Michael Gill at last experiences a sense of self-worth and happiness he has never known before.Watch a QuickTime trailer for this book.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781592404049 (1592404049)
Publisher: Gotham
Pages no: 268
Edition language: English
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Scott Reads It!
Scott Reads It! rated it
4.0 How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
A touching book.. sometimes you got to wake up and smell the coffee of reality :)
Marvin's Bookish Blog
Marvin's Bookish Blog rated it
2.0
I am so torn about reviewing this book. There are some things I like about it and some things I didn't. First, it is a uplifting story. A man of privilege entering the down-and-outs take a job at Starbucks and learns the meaning of hard work and caring for others. It is written in a light and casual...
rosemaryknits
rosemaryknits rated it
4.0 How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
Much to my surprise, I really had a good time reading this little book. It is a very little book - a one or two nighter. The author writes like I talk - constantly going off on a tangent, and then rambling on and on until everyone has forgotten the point, heh heh heh. I found it to be a very amus...
Nutti's muses
Nutti's muses rated it
3.0 How Starbucks Saved My Life
I enjoyed this book even though the man's personal life grossed me out. It was an interesting look at how a Fortune 500 company recruits and operates at it's most basic level.
debnance
debnance rated it
3.0 How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else
What percentage of people hate their jobs? It is high. Michael Gates Gill hated his job, but the enormous salary kept him plugging away at it. Then his company did him a favor: they fired him. Gill tried to start his own advertising company, but it was never successful. One day he found himself in...
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