Tuesday, July 14, 2009

begging to be read

Currently putting myself on 'book-shopping' hiatus. Seriously, I have to keep myself away from Maruzen until my inventory of must-read drops to two. The total books begging to be read, including the newly purchased (refer to photo), is ten.
In other book-related news, I recently finished reading a non-fiction: Michael Gates Gill's "How Starbucks Saved My Life". The story tells about a 64 y/o man (the author), who unexpectedly became a barista/partner in Starbucks after losing his job as a creative director for a top advertising company. (More like a 'riches to rags' story). He tells about the life lessons he learned, his failures as a family man for giving more priority on his then demanding job as a creative director, and his dedication on the present job. Here's the thing: other than being a creative director then, he was born rich -- that's got to be some 'fall' -- but the fact that he pulled himself up and started anew is worth inspiring.

In one of the chapters, he mentioned about a mantra that goes like this "Less past, more future!" -- to which I couldn't agree more. Why waste thinking about the past? Though there are times they come to mind without warning that reflecting on them is just impossible to ignore. Since it's impossible to ignore on them, might as well we take it as a learning experience instead of wallowing in self-pity. Cliche as it may sound -- the only way to correct the past is by doing something in the future. Like, to overwrite a crappy file with a non-crappy one. I know, poor metaphor.

While reading the book, I learned a little about the work of a Starbucks partner --- the multi-tasking they do. One day you're in-charge of the cash register; the next days, you'll be making the drinks at the espresso bar. Also, I realized that Starbucks are not strict with age requirements (maybe, in the US) and they have, as the author said, great benefits.

The author, in his afterword, mentioned that Tom Hanks is considering this for a movie. Awesome.

1 comment:

Nashe^ said...

My Sister's Keeper made me cry. Shucks.