Books I Want My Kids to Read Someday #26: "How Starbucks Saved My Life" by Michael Gates Gill

Dear kids,

I loved this sweet little book, How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else, for so many reasons (it’s a great one for a retail businessperson to read especially). But I guess the thing that really inspired me, the thing that made me decide to write about this book after reading it, was this: it gave me a totally new vision of what I can achieve in my career.

In the book, the author relates the true story of going from an overpaid ad man to a lowly Starbucks employee (less income but more benefits, actually)—and loving every minute of it. After getting fired from his big-time job due to his advanced age, Starbucks took him in—and he was completely taken aback by their business philosophy and their commitment to making what they did meaningful—even though technically it’s just coffee. He was taken aback by it all and also, he was just taken.

He loved it.

In the book he waxes eloquent on these topics, but what I took from what he wrote basically comes down to this: it is a truly awesome thing to not only love what you do but to believe in it, too.



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