How Starbucks Saved My Life = 2 down, 98 to go

27 Oct

Autobiography/biography
How Starbucks Saved My Life
Michael Gates Gill
272 pages

This book was an interesting dichotomy between past ego and a new-found humility. Michael Gates Gill was let go from his position as a high-powered executive at J. Walter Thompson, an international advertising agency. After failing to get his own consulting business off the ground, he was hanging out at a New York City Starbucks when a 28-year-old store manager offered him a job. He said yes.

This book is his journey at Starbucks and the shift in his consciousness and understanding of what is most important. This passage came from his team of Starbucks Partners when he was leaving the store at 93rd and Broadway to transfer to one in Bronxville.

To Mike,

For all the times you have stood by us, we thank you for showing us what legendary service truly means, we applaud you. You have taught us never to give up our dreams. That one day they come true. This is our prayer for you.

Dear Lord please give him,

  • A few friends who understand him and remain his friends
  • A work to do which has real value, without which the world would be poorer
  • A mind unafraid to travel, even though the trail be rough
  • An understanding heart
  • A sense of humor
  • Time for quiet, silent meditation
  • A feeling of the presence of God, the patience to wait for the coming of these things, with the wisdom to recognize them when they come
  • May God continue to guide you, Mike. We love you.

From all of your Partners at 93rd & Broadway

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