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Starbucks Serves Up Lattes and Life Lessons

Michael Gill, a former advertising executive, says he found happiness and a sense of self while working as a Starbucks barista.
Michael Gill, a former advertising executive, says he found happiness and a sense of self while working as a Starbucks barista.

Ten years ago, Michael Gill was a high-flying executive at a top ad agency in New York. But in 1997, Gill's world was turned upside down — he was fired from his job, got divorced, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Into this dark nightmare, entered the most unlikely of rescuers — Starbucks. Gill became a barista at the ubiquitous coffee chain and says that the experience rescued him from the depths of despair.

Gill discusses his book, How Starbucks Saved My Life: A Son of Privilege Learns to Live Like Everyone Else.

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