How to Save Your Own Life: 15 Lessons on Finding Hope in Unexpected Places

By Michael Gates Gill
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5.67 Hours 12/29/2009 unabridged
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The author of the New York Times bestseller How Starbucks Saved My Life perks up America with inspiring lessons on finding true happiness at any age and any stage of life. 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, Michael Gill has distilled his experiences 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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Summary

Summary

The author of the New York Times bestseller How Starbucks Saved My Life perks up America with inspiring lessons on finding true happiness at any age and any stage of life.

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, Michael Gill has distilled his experiences 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Michael Gill Gates’] gentle pacing and laid-back altruism give his narration an emotional depth. Vivid and powerful, these are ideas that most listeners will carry with them and want to hear again and again.” AudioFile
“Born with a silver spoon in his mouth, Gill managed to lose everything he had, then come back with a new appreciation for people and the ordinary moments of life. In his engrossing second book, he offers advice for weathering the downs…While other writers often weave too much ego into their message, Gill has created an engrossing work without boosting himself. Bound to please and encourage.” Library Journal
“Whether or not you agree with his less-is-more premise, it’s hard not to be drawn to Gill and his message—he writes plainly and gracefully and is filled with a grateful, almost childlike wonder at how much he loves his simpler life.” BookPage

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Author Bio: Michael Gates Gill

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

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 5.67
Audience: Adult
Language: English