Thank You, Whole Foods Market

Thank You, Whole Foods Market

I made my retirement announcement internally a year before I left Whole Foods Market. In addition to transitioning responsibilities to the next CEO, Jason Buechel, I wanted time to focus my energy on doing things that would be most meaningful to Whole Foods. I spent...

Evolving Your Higher Purpose

Evolving Your Higher Purpose

Finding your personal higher purpose is often a journey of discovery. It takes time and patience and is seldom linear. Both individuals and businesses can have a higher purpose. For me, my individual higher purpose was discovered when I began living in a vegetarian...

John’s Must-Reads: Health & Wellness Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Health & Wellness Edition

I am a passionate reader and am often reading several books at one time. I love reading many different genres because I enjoy learning new things about a wide range of topics. One topic I am especially interested in and passionate about is health and wellness. These...

Alpe Adria Trail Notes

Alpe Adria Trail Notes

Long-distance hiking is a passion of mine. I love being able to disconnect and enjoy nature. I decided to do a 10-day hiking trip in Slovenia in September 2021. Put Slovenia in your future travel plans, because this is an incredibly beautiful country with wonderfully...

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2022 Edition

John’s Must-Reads: Alpe Adria Trail 2022 Edition

Those who know me well know that I am an avid reader. I typically read three to six books at a time from a variety of genres and this held true during my recent 41-day hike on the Alpe Adria Trail. My favorites were: The Lord of Chaos, A Crown of Swords, and The Path...

My Goodbye to Whole Foods

My Goodbye to Whole Foods

Some people can go their entire life without ever discovering their higher purpose, but I was lucky enough to discover mine when I co-founded Safer Way Natural Foods in 1978 and Whole Foods Market in 1980. Words cannot express how deeply grateful I am for this...