Howard Schultz on Principles & Values

Starbucks CEO; independent candidate for President


Vast majority of Americans aren't going to embrace socialism

[Responding to a question about the Green New Deal, Schultz said], "The vast majority of Americans are not going to embrace socialism," neglecting to note that just one of the many people running for president on the Democratic side identifies as a Democratic Socialist. The first real groans of the morning came when Schultz answered the question, "Can you define socialism?" by pointing to Venezuela. "You don't like that?" he asked.

Schultz's spokesperson responded to this article by saying, "You seemed to have completely misinterpreted the response from the crowd about socialism. It wasn't that they didn't agree with him. They were groaning about the idea of socialism. If you had any read of the crowd whatsoever, you would have noticed that. And, by the way, he has been defining capitalism at events over the last 24 hours. It is not as if he doesn't have an answer."

Source: Daily Beast on 2019 SXSW South-by-Southwest conference , Mar 9, 2019

Centrist independent outside of the two-party system

On January 27, 2019, Howard Schultz former CEO and Chairman of Starbucks, announced he is seriously thinking of running for president and, if he does, will do so as a centrist independent outside of the two-party system.

Our team is supporting Howard as he visits communities around the country to discuss his new book, From The Ground Up, shares the challenges his family faced, and listens to the stories of others who, like him, overcame much to achieve the American Dream.

We are at a pivotal moment in our country's history; America is divided like never before. It's time to ask whether the two-party system is capable of meeting the challenge before us. The pundits will say this can't be done, but the American people will decide if that's the case. America's best chapters are ahead--it's time we start writing them.

Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website HowardSchultz.com , Jan 27, 2019

Pour Your Heart into It: the story of Starbucks

I want to inspire people to pursue their dreams. I come from common roots, with no silver spoon, no pedigree, no early mentors. I dared to dream big dreams, and then I willed them to happen. I'm convinced that most people can achieve their dreams and beyond if they have the determination to keep trying.

Second, and more profoundly, I hope to inspire leaders of enterprises to aim high. Success is empty if you arrive at the finish line alone.

I'm not writing this book to make money. All my earnings from it will go to the newly formed Starbucks Foundation, which will allocate the proceeds to philanthropic work on behalf of Starbucks and its partners. This is the story of Starbucks, but it is not a conventional business book.

My ultimate aim in writing "Pour Your Heart into It" is to reassure people to have the courage to persevere, to keep following their hearts even when others scoff. Don't be beaten down by naysayers. Don't let the odds scare you from even trying.

Source: Pour Your Heart Into It, by Howard Schultz, p. 7-8 , Jan 6, 1999

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