John Mackey, one of the pioneers of the organic food movement, co-founded Whole Foods Market in 1980 and went on to write a best-seller, Conscious Capitalism, in 2013. Whole Foods has grown to more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Here are 10 of his top quotes:
Entrepreneurs are the true heroes in a free-enterprise economy, driving progress in business, society and the world. They solve problems by creatively envisioning different ways the world could and should be.
For us, our most important stakeholder is not our stockholders, it is our customers. We’re in business to serve the needs and desires of our core customer base.
Just as people cannot live without eating, so a business cannot live without profits. But most people don’t live to eat, and neither must businesses live just to make profits.
My philosophy is that life is all about learning and growing, and that life can be a real adventure of learning, growing, compassion, and joyfulness.
…there can be little doubt that a certain amount of corporate philanthropy is simply good business and works for the long-term benefit of the investors.
I think one of the most misunderstood things about business in America is that people are either doing things for altruistic reasons or they are greedy and selfish—just after profit. That type of dichotomy portrays a false image of business… The whole idea is to do both.
To learn and grow, one must take chances and be willing to make mistakes.
I never took a single business class. I am convinced now that this gap in my formal education actually worked to my advantage in the business world.
I believe that most of the greatest companies in the world also have great purposes… Having a deeper, more transcendent purpose is highly energizing for all of the various interdependent stakeholders, including the customers, employees, investors, suppliers, and the larger communities in which the business participates.
…follow your heart wherever it takes you. Choose love instead of fear. If you do, a wonderful life adventure awaits you! Carpe diem!
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