Mar 22, 2010

How Starbucks Saved My Life

Story of a Man who had it all,
then lost it all,and found it again

Though I'm not even a coffee drinker, much less a Starbucks frequenter, I've chosen to read this book. From the moment he was born, Michael Gates Gill led a privileged life. His parents were well-off, and nothing was too expensive for their son.

He studied at Yale and, upon his graduation, walked straight into a job with a major advertising firm. He worked hard with the firm, doing everything he could for the company and his clients - he earned well, but often allowed his family life to suffer.

Naturally, after twenty-five dedicated years with the company, he was fired. Gill hasn't worked in months and he's sitting in a Starbucks near his childhood home, nursing a latte. In a massive stroke of luck, that branch of Starbucks is throwing an open house.


Work, no matter what it is, is what you make it

While I'm not a big fan of Starbucks coffee, I found this book a delightful read. I enjoyed reading about Gates' journey from an upper job, his decline, and how he found happiness in menial tasks like scrubbing toilets, talking to customers, and working a Starbucks bar. The book conveys a message he learned from his eldest daughter Bis about work being dignity.

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