Knock one off the ‘to read’ list. How Starbucks Saved My Life was short, sweet and uplifting. I really enjoyed Onward, a more business/marketing/branding take on the Starbucks organization and was hoping that this book would continue my admiration of the company.
It did. This story showed how sometimes we take for granted what we have, judge too quickly, and need to open ourselves up to each experience life gives us. Michael Gates Gill was a high-powered advertising executive who lost his job and his family within a series of events that changed his life. One day, he sat down at a Starbucks in New York and was jokingly offered a barista job at age 64. He took it and this book chronicles his journey – from a privileged child to a man practically begging for a job.
Michael (or Mike as his Starbucks Partners call him) speaks about his prejudices upon starting over, seeing people in a new light and learning to love himself. Uplifting and honest, with an edge of optimism about the human race, this book is like a good cup of coffee – strong, with many ingredients contributing to its success.