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How to Save Your Own Life: 15 Inspiring Lessons Including: Finding Blessings in Disguise, Coping with Life's Greatest Challanges, and Discovering Happiness at Any Age Paperback – Bargain Price, December 28, 2010
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"We are all lucky that Starbucks saved Michael Gates Gill's life. It enabled him to return with this beautifully written book filled with wisdom, passion, humor and love."
- Jeffrey Zaslow, author The Girls From Ames, coauthor The Last Lecture
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Michael Gates Gill was born into privilege and had an abundance of material things as well as doors of opportunity opened for him because of who he was and his family connections. He went to Yale because he was a legacy and his first job was handed to him by a friend from Skull and Bones. He never had to go through a job interview or get things the way "average" folks do. His life was filled with mover and shakers both in New York and Washington D.C. He worked hard at his job and sacrificed his family to get ahead and it all fell apart when he was in his late 50's. He lost his job, lost his family and ended up working at Starbucks since there were no other job opportunities. His story of is fall from "high" places and yet managing to land on his feet and finding out he was much happier after losing everything comprises the story told in "How Starbucks Saved My Life."
This new book takes all the lessons he learned through his life experiences and boils them down to 15 life lessons that he shares with the reader. Some chapters will resonate with some people more than others, based upon where the reader is in his/her life journey. What an opportunity for us to look at someone else's experiences and learn from them without necessarily having to go through the same thing (which is what he talks about in chapter 1). He bares himself and talks about where he made mistakes and where he did things well with an honesty that is refreshing. There is a lot of wisdom in these pages and I enjoyed the book from beginning to end.Read more ›
Gill doesn't have to convince us that his life changed when he lost his advertising job and ended up working at Starbucks--he already told us that in the first book. But he rehashes much of it here, giving a few more specifics and making himself a bit less saintly than in the original. He then runs out of stories to tell about himself so he uses a chapter on his kids (mostly spoiled elitist types), his dad (a rich guy who spent the family inheritance and gets credit for "saving" Grand Central Station), his mom (a terrible story about her final day alive), his advertising colleagues (why would anyone want to go into advertising after reading Gill's books?) and his friends (more elitists who the author claims are all kind-hearted rich people). There's a whole chapter on the wonderful Barack Obama and how Gill helped his daughter campaign for the president, whose rely-on-government politics seem to conflict with Gill's message of independence and self-empowerment (Gill should have left that chapter out). He even takes a chapter to tell us all about his Starbucks co-workers interests. Seriously. Seriously boring. And on the last three pages of the books he names his coworkers and coffee shop guests!Read more ›
One of the points that really struck me came in Lesson 3: Leap...with Faith. Gill is talking with a Beverly Hills psychiatrist who tells him that one of the biggest problems she sees, counseling young people, is that they have no problems. Gill asks her to explain. She tells him that their parents had to struggle to the top, themselves. But, having survived the "mean streets" and having achieved success, they want to protect their children and shelter them and make sure they never experience such "tough times" themselves. But what they are doing is making their kids afraid of the outside world. Gill realizes that this has been the case for him, all his life - and that had he been thinking, had he not simply taken a leap of faith and accepted a "low status" job offer with Starbucks when the chips were down, he would still be passively unable to cope with his unfamiliar new world.
Michael Gates Gill was a creative director at J.Read more ›
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Wonderful, uplifting & entertaining little book! Helpful, inspiring and fun.Published 3 months ago by D. Celestino
Self-help books find you, as they are a time-of-your-life read. I read "How Starbucks Saved My Life" during my lunch break at Walmart, as my age and career trajectory... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christopher Springmann
This is a good read. I was referred through how Starbucks saved my life.Published 10 months ago by Joe
Thank you so much for writing this books. It is an inspiring story written in a humble, enjoyable way. Read morePublished 15 months ago by nguyen
Mr. Gill is a remarkable man -- I learned so much from his book and his comments about his life.Published 17 months ago by Sylvia Evans
I read Michael's first book and this one is a comprehensive explanation of his life journey through 15 lessons he learned. It is entertaining and educational.Published 19 months ago by F. Bani
I havent read it yet, it was on sale for cheap and me being a book junkie i got it,Published on January 10, 2014 by Lisa Pugsley
How Starbucks Saved My LIFE by Micahel Gates Gill
Great read...real, personal, inspiring- and someone I knew from my hometown growing up. Read more
Who wouldn't want to "save your own life" right? It's a compelling little book chock full of some interesting advice. Read morePublished on November 28, 2011 by Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Man