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How to Save Your Own Life

15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places

by Michael Gates Gill

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How to Save Your Own Life by Michael Gates Gill
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  • Published in USA  Dec 2009
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    Genre: Advice

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Michael Gill's lemons-to-lemonade memoir chronicled his transformative years working at Starbucks after losing his high-powered job, his marriage, and his health (he developed a brain tumor). In response to overwhelming requests from readers who wanted to know how they, too, could weather downturns, he has distilled his lessons into fifteen meaningful lessons, including:

  • Leap...With Faith: Sometimes it pays to leap without looking and say yes without thinking (Gill accepted the Starbucks job immediately, on a whim).
  • Let Yourself...Be Helped: Pride is even more paralyzing than fear.
  • Look...with Respect at Every Individual You See: Gill was raised to avoid eye contact with those who were different, cloistered in a privileged world. Now he realizes the potential in all who cross his daily path.
  • Lose...Your Watch (and Cell Phone and PDA!): Our obsession with productivity produces madness, not gladness.

Offering living proof that extraordinary happiness is found in ordinary moments, How to Save Your Own Life provides empowering words and hope for anyone facing a reversal of fortune. True fortune, Gill discovered, lies not in fate but in discovering the innate capacity we all possess to rescue ourselves.

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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 of The Girls From Ames, coauthor The Last Lecture

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Michael Gates Gill

Michael Gates Gill is the author of How Starbucks Saved My Life and the son of New Yorker writer Brendan Gill. A former creative director at J. Walter Thompson Advertising, he now works at Starbucks and has no plans to retire.

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