How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else

by Michael Gates Gill | Health, Mind & Body |
ISBN: 9781592404049 Global Overview for this book
Registered by bearyfriend of Singapore, Singapore Singapore on 11/19/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Written by an advertising exec about his riches-to-rags story, then how he was redeemed by his new job at Starbucks, and his twenty-eight-year-old boss.


Amazon Editorial Review:-
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.

Journal Entry 2 by bearyfriend from Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Saturday, July 11, 2009
Very inspiring & heart-warming read. Mike is indeed a funny and humorous guy with the things he said and wrote. It's real nerve-wrecking so many things baristers have to do, yet cool that all of them are stars who earn great bucks doing what they loved =D

Think there's a new movie coming up starring Tom Hanks as Mike. Wow, can't wait to watch it. Now I'm definitely looking at the baristers in a different light when I order my next macchiato. It's also good idea to release a related book there.

Journal Entry 3 by bearyfriend at Singapore, Singapore Singapore on Thursday, October 31, 2013
I'm going to pass this book on to a fellow colleague who loves reading, as well as Starbucks. Hope she will find gem and jewel in this book and the Bookcrossing community.

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