Why You Should Play Pickleball

Why You Should Play Pickleball

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the U.S. and for a good reason. It appeals to people of a variety of different ages and skill levels, is easy for beginners to pick up, and is relatively inexpensive. Not to mention, it’s an absolute blast! I first began...

Recent Thoughts on Conscious Capitalism

Recent Thoughts on Conscious Capitalism

As we approach the 11th anniversary of our book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, co-authored by my dear friend and Babson business professor, Raj Sisodia, I've spent considerable time contemplating the evolving perception of conscious...

Top Five Blogs of 2023

Top Five Blogs of 2023

As we head into 2024, I’d like to revisit five blogs that resonated most with readers this past year: The Value of Mentorship In this blog, I talk about my greatest mentor: my dad, Bill Mackey. I have no doubt in my mind that Whole Foods would have failed in its...

Five Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

Five Qualities of Successful Entrepreneurs

Many qualities are necessary to find success as an entrepreneur, but here are five that I find especially important: Perpetually Optimistic You may have heard the statistic that half of small businesses fail in the first 5 years. And it’s true – most businesses do...

John’s Must-Reads: Fall 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Fall 2023 Edition

As fall is coming to an end, I’d like to share a few books I’ve read and have really enjoyed: Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker As a perpetual optimist, this book is one of my favorites! I would even claim that this is the most important book that has been written in...

12 of My Favorite Plant-Based Cookbooks

12 of My Favorite Plant-Based Cookbooks

I follow a whole-food, plant-based vegan diet and have eliminated both refined sugars and oils, so I stick to simple, whole foods that allow me to make healthy, simple, and delicious dishes. Here are twelve of my favorite plant-based cookbooks (in no particular...

Kindness: A Simple Concept with a Big Impact

Kindness: A Simple Concept with a Big Impact

Nine months after opening the first Whole Foods, what’s known as the “100-year flood” came through Austin and severely damaged the store and destroyed all our inventory. I thought that this was the end and that Whole Foods would never recover given the extensive...

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2023 Edition

Back in August last year, I set out to hike the Alpe Adria Trail. The trail runs 466 miles long and consists of 43 stages, traveling through Austria, Slovenia, and Italy. Unfortunately, after two weeks of hiking, I developed a painful shin splint in my left leg that...

Lesson #71

Lesson #71

I always try to be open, whether that’s open to new people, new ideas, or trying new things. Doing so allows you to learn things from other people, about yourself, and about life that you may not have been exposed to otherwise. This mindset has surfaced many important...

The Value of Lifelong Learning

The Value of Lifelong Learning

People often assume that learning and growing is most critical during childhood and that not much changes after a person has their “come of age” moment. This is so far from the truth! Learning and growing is something that should be a lifelong pursuit. Every day is an...

The Many Forms of Integrity

The Many Forms of Integrity

Integrity is an important virtue that every conscious leader should aspire to. It comes in many forms, and it’s critical for leaders to embrace it and all its complexity. Integrity is often defined by what it is not, rather than what it is, for instance, “not lying”...

70 Lessons for 70 Years

70 Lessons for 70 Years

In honor of celebrating 70 trips around the sun today, here are 70 lessons I’ve learned along the way: 1. Be optimistic.2. Go on a hike.3. Eat fruits and vegetables.4. Read, read, and read some more.5. Eat beans! 6. Prioritize sleep.7. Be open to friendships with...

Evolving Your Perspective

Evolving Your Perspective

For many years, I considered myself well-informed on animal husbandry and believed that Whole Foods had rigorous standards that were best in class. That all changed at our annual shareholder meeting in 2003. For anyone who has ever led or attended this type of...

John’s Must-Reads: Summer 2023 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Summer 2023 Edition

Although I’m an avid reader all year long, there’s something about reading in the summer that is so enjoyable. Personally, I tend to travel more, so I often find myself able to read more on the go and in new and exciting places. Whether it’s an audiobook during a road...

Remote Work: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

Remote Work: Has the Pendulum Swung Too Far?

I’m going to be direct about my opinion on a topic that can be controversial: remote work. I personally believe that being physically together in an office is critical for a healthy work culture. In-person connections are so valuable, and this is complicated by the...

Appalachian Trail Notes

Appalachian Trail Notes

Long-distance hiking is a great passion of mine. I love being able to disconnect and enjoy the beautiful nature around me. Although I have enjoyed hiking for the majority of my adult life, I developed my passion for long-distance, ultralight hiking after thru-hiking...

Your Guide to a Nutritious and Delicious Vegan Brunch

Your Guide to a Nutritious and Delicious Vegan Brunch

Who doesn’t love brunch? It combines the best flavors of both breakfast and lunch and is the perfect meal for a slow-starting, relaxed Sunday morning. When people think of brunch, they envision eggs, breakfast meats like bacon, sausage, and ham, pancakes and waffles,...

John’s Must-Reads: Appalachian Trail Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Appalachian Trail Edition

I am an avid reader, typically reading or listening to three to six books at a time. And guess what - this doesn’t change while I’m out on the trail! During my recent 200-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, I read several very interesting and engaging books that I...

Four Seats and Four Questions

Four Seats and Four Questions

I want to share one of my favorite stories with all of you. In 2005, my wife and I had the opportunity to go to dinner with Milton Friedman and his wife, Rose. I had long admired Milton’s work and was excited to enjoy what I thought would be a delicious meal filled...