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Tony Branca says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, Thank you for posting your speach to the graduates of Bently College. It couldn't have come at a better time for me. I am a pasta manufacturer and a vendor for Whole Foods Market in the Northeast Region. With the continued increase in the cost of raw materials and fuel it has been a very difficult time to be in business. Your speach has really inspired me to continue to work hard at what I love to do and follow my heart. Thanks again! Tony
08/30/2008 2:18:47 PM CDT
Bob B says ...
John, As a former WFM team member I was very impressed by your address to the graduates of Bently. I believe all TM's should have the opportunity to read what you had to say. In my opinion, it would be a way for them to get a look at the REAL John Mackey. I spent eleven years working for WFM and, sadly, I never truly comitted to the core values. If we keep our eyes open we can always rectify our past mistakes. Thank you for sharing this address. It will help me go forward with a new outlook on life.
09/18/2008 11:57:51 AM CDT
Rithy says ...
Dear Jonh, I reading you word. I saw it on the wall of travel tour NGOs (Inspiring) I was wondering if some good to read. I never been anywhere in in the world except my small country, Cambodia. I red some books about self-improvement and very thing like that. Jonh, I've red long letter from anyone like this, but it really sweet. It's made want to know more what is Whole Food. I was drop out about whole 2 years. I just started my real estate business in Cambodia. Jonh, every word in your speech was give more power, especially "Follow you Heart" I love to heart someone say like this. I always inspired from anyone said that so much all the time. Anyways, I take your advice and working to follow my heart. I hope you will say thing more, and those will help many more people to grow up both the mind, souls and living. Thank you, Jonh. Rithy CEO of ProCambodia
09/27/2008 2:16:50 PM CDT
michael lowe says ...
Dear Mr. Mackey, I am new to the Whole Foods world. I recently moved from the east coast to California and have been privlidged to be situated within a mile of one of your stores. On my first visit to the store I was very pleasantly surprised by what I found. It was extremely refreshing to find a market with "today" and "in touch" stamped all over it. Unlike the rest of the industry, your markets not only say "welcome, come on in"(and alot of them don't even get that right), they feel, look and even smell inviting and guest friendly. The conceptual design and services offered are now the new standard by which all others should by following. I would be remiss if I did not mention the people of and in your company. I was quite simply "wowed" by them. From almost the very instance I entered the door, people, both customers and employees become one of my focuses. I couldn' help it. Smiles, pleasantrys exchanged and the teaching of new associates in what appeared to be a caring, patient and informative manner were permieated throughout the store. Now your posting. It is no longer a mystery to me how and why you and your company have succeeded. First of all your philosiphy, which is similar to that of another very successful company, Walt Disney, is in my opinion the only way to have a truely successful business. People, are what makes a business a success. Not only the ones who come through the doors to purchase things, but largely the ones who "are" the company. Caring , honest, inventive, dependable, reliable, hard working people. It is refreshing to get the feeling that you also believe that it is people who make the world go round, not the businesses in it. My last point will be this. You spoke of "FEAR". I truely believe that it is the shackle of human existance. It is what humanity, since the beginning of time, has used and developed to guide us through life. Fear is why we "do", or "don't do" many things. We "don't" break the law because we fear going to jail. We "don't" try to do something because were afriad of failure. We "do" stop at a red light because were afraid if we don't we might get hurt. We "do" brush our teeth because were afriad that if we don't we'll loose our teeth. I have recently recognized fear in my own life and was suprised to read the word in your address. Your viewpoint is one that i'll put in my toolbox of life and try to inpart it in my daily living. Thank you for taking the time to share yourself with others and with me. Today I will think of others in all I do and "WALK THROUGH THE FEAR" Sincerely, Michael Lowe
09/28/2008 7:05:01 AM CDT
Aurelie Anthony says ...
I often visited the Whole Foods Store in Dallas (on Greenville) during the 1980s. I didn't know you, but your life principals transended into every one of my visits in a remarkably positive (and natural) way. I married, had children, moved away from Dallas, and missed Whole Foods. While in Tampa, Wild Oats came into being. It big and shiney, but seemed to lack conscious. Shopping there was unfulfilling. Once Whole Foods took over, I visited the store, yearning to satisfy my personnal Whole Foods experience of yore. It hasn't happened, yet. I know these things take time. It is a hugemongous task. I have faith that I will eventually what I'm looking for. It is inevitable as long as the company remains true to your values. Most importantly, your speech was beautiful. I will give it to my Husband, and two children to read with the hope that it will inspire them. I plan to refer to it in a staff meeting of 70 government employees next week. Goodwill to mankind fits into every aspect of our lifes. Thank you for putting the beauty into words.
09/28/2008 7:35:25 AM CDT
sohbet says ...
Thanks for sharing these thoughts. This is so much more than just a blog post. This is a beautiful and uplifting message from a beautiful human being who has and continues to add so much purpose and meaning to our world.
09/28/2008 6:49:49 PM CDT
Joanne says ...
Thank you for posting such an inspiring article. I know very little about conscious capitalism as a theory (I will read more). What I do know is our very small company practices what you espouse. Our guests, our team members, our owners and our community seem to appreciate it. It just makes sense. We're all in this together so each of us needs to take personal responsibility for the integration.
10/04/2008 1:44:40 PM CDT
Terry Thomas says ...
Dear John, What an awesome discovery!! I had no idea who you were or the values of Whole Foods. Except--I have always noticed the energy in the store. The checkout people's kindness--thoughtfulness, genuine smiles! The feeling, as one writer above said, is not easy to put your finger on. We are starting our automated currency business, and you have stated my own standards, and point the way to the keys we will follow. Gratitude, Forgiveness and Generosity. Terry (Hope you write a book and also I plan to meet you one day)
05/08/2009 8:08:25 AM CDT
Jaydee says ...
Being one of the graduates of Bentley that day I found this commencement speach to be moving and heartfelt and I find myself every now and again coming back and reading it. I especially find this line to be truly inspirational "It is fear which prevents most people from reaching their fullest potential in life—fear of failure, fear of rejection from people we care about, fear that we simply aren’t good enough, and sometimes even fear of our own potential greatness" Thank you for the great words.
06/15/2009 11:30:35 AM CDT
Kim Bell says ...
Thank you for your incredible article on healthcare. We are not whole foods shoppers because there is not one in our town (Oxnard, CA). We will seek out your store in the future. You are clearly a CEO with guts and integrity. Why can't they all be like you? Thank you. Kim Bell
08/24/2009 9:24:47 AM CDT
David Beaster says ...
When I travel around the nation on vacation I always checked to see where the Whole Food outlets were so I could spend my money with a company that shared my environmental values. After CEO John Mackey’s unsubstantiated remarks about the proposed needed changes in how we distribute health care in America, I will withdraw my support of this company. Its seems Mr. Mackey is far more interested in using "green" to forward his profits than he is of real positive change in the established norm!
08/27/2009 1:19:26 PM CDT
Gordon Rouston says ...
John Maskey, I agree with your stand on health care and socialism, Obama is taking this Country in thw wrong direction. Boycotting you and your store is ridiclous, I am behind what you said and behind your rights 100%. Keep up the good worka nd keep speaking out for AMERICA
08/28/2009 3:37:26 PM CDT
Sara Stone says ...
When I lived in Berkeley I ran up the street to eat at Whole Foods Deli twice a day!! Now I'm bummed that Eugene lost it's bid for a Whole Foods. I'd never heard of John Mackey until I saw him listed as a guest speaker on John McDougall's website. I wondered what on earth the CEO of Whole Foods had to say. So, I did a search and realized he had embraced the diet with NO ADDED OIL. Do you realize how hard it is to find restaurant food with no added oil, no salt, no dairy, no meat? Do you realize how many people eat out? Seniors, adolescent males, construction workers, students. The school lunch program sucks. I hate to cook! I want/need and am totally excited about Whole Foods movement in this direction. John Mackey is totally right on with his prescription for health care. I have/had diabetes and took the AMA'S prescription of insulin, 3 blood pressure pills, cholesterol lowering drugs and guess what? I swelled up to 216 lbs and my legs got edema so bad I couldn't cut my own toe nails, my doctor was totally non-plussed with this development. As McDougall says, you die sooner with better numbers! I don't know what it is about consuming fat/oil but it's dangerous! There is much backup out there for this diet. Campbell, Ornish, McDougall, Pritican, Furhman, the rice diet in Durham. Our government has known at least since the 30's what diet does. You may not appreciate the Nanny State but we need the governments help to clean up our food supply, label products w/GMSO, get the salt and oil out. I pray that Obama will tackle that issue in due time. Mackey's right, we need education and support. Thank you John Mackey for your inspiration!
08/29/2009 6:59:46 AM CDT
Bryan Amstutz says ...
John: When I met you in Ann Arbor @ the store opening, I knew you had a Heart! Being a former TM, meeting you again @ Sarasota Opening...Understanding the TRUE you! Thanks for sharing as you always have from your heart...Since leaving WFM, I have realized how much more I miss a Real true caring work place...Is the Florida Market ever going to hire again? At least I still promote WFM to everyone I met....Because of your passion in this World, we have the Food Standards...well @ WFM...Thanks Again...May your passion live on forever...Mom & Dad are extremely Proud of you!
09/13/2009 6:51:17 PM CDT
Fred Marmo says ...
I appreciated reading your address to the graduates of Bentley College here in Waltham, Massachusetts. Really good! I can see how you were a philosophy major. Actually, for me, it answered a personal question I had about Whole Foods for some years. I am an attorney with very conservative business principals. I own a small security guard company and as such first came across Whole Foods when given a contract for one of your Boston stores. I could not help notice how everyone at the store acted really nice, dressed differently, some wore decorations on their face, hair was “individualized,” but most of all how friendly and non-confrontational, if you ask for help. Yet, this “hippy” organization was on the top ten of Fortune 500! This did not make sense. Or did it; I had to ask myself. This type of customer service is very strange in the city where rudeness is the norm and expected response! Well, in brief, after reading your article I understand now what you are saying and doing and why. I now subscribe to your “Conscious Business” for the 21st century idea. It is an idea that has come of age, almost out of necessity. Government can keep to itself and all of us can remain free to pursue freedom and happiness. I feel better already. Thank you.
09/04/2009 12:39:07 PM CDT
Dr Sandy Gluckman says ...
Hello John This is magnificent. Thank you for publishing it. I have been following your professional challenges and journey and have huge respect and admiration for your courage and integrity. My work is in the field of leadership behavior and communication and I have been working with leaders of businesses in transition around the globe for many years. Finding this blog has helped validate and strengthen my purpose which is to teach leaders the very principles you express so well here.
09/05/2009 3:55:46 PM CDT
Das says ...
Mr. Mackey, What you have achieved is a testimonial to your thoughts. In my family we are all fans of Whole Foods Market. I have thoght along these lines for sometime. At first, life seems to have many keys that open various doors One gets busy educating oneself and obtaining as many as one can. As we got older, it all seems to reduce down to one Master Key. That key is an innate feeling that others are more important than oneself. It is a slight suspicion that grows and becomes a substantial principle. To me, this is the essence of thinking, designing, marketing, socializing, transacting, learning, leading plus more. It is the very essence of all major religious philosophies, revelations and insights. The very life of various Masters exemplify this idea ! We still have many keys and doors because our guiding principle have been to "take care of number one". This "one" may be a person or a group. This idea is creating many of our present problems. It creates conflict by assuming "in groups" and "out groups" Cheers !
05/09/2010 11:43:01 AM CDT
AnnC says ...
Dear Mr Mackey, I became familiar with your company after my daughter began her career at the North Hollywood location. She gained many positive values from your company which helped her in other areas of her life. We live in Ojai, CA and some distance from a WFM but we look forward to the new WFM which is planned for Ventura County. WSJ OPED: Something as important as healthcare reform requires more than a rush to a quick fix and I am glad you spoke out. It's a shame that those that would lecture us about free expression would want to punish you for yours.
10/01/2009 3:10:00 AM CDT
Sia Wonday says ...
I read this piece.I was so touched.I am in Business School and I have a project.I chose Whole Foods market as my company of interest.I am very inspired about this and have a renewed excitement about wholefoods!
11/27/2009 3:56:56 PM CST
Marta says ...
Dear John, First may I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sincere, very moving, transparent "Bentley College Commencement" speech I came across just today, on your WFM website. I could not help but put my "priorities" aside to acknowledge it immediately. The first time I caught my eyes well up while reading it was when you spoke about honoring one's parents. WOW! And when I saw my son a short while later and I started to share with him what I found, including your "Bentley College Commencement" and "Conscious Capitalism" speeches, my voice broke. I started crying, I was again so moved attempting to describe what I just read. What I just found out about the history and cause of WFM, this stellar company. We have much hope in America and in the world, while we have citizens, human beings like you. I happened to hear of Whole Food Market initially from my son, who brought my attention to it and how impressed he was by it. Thus, my introduction to WFM. From my subsequent experience, I am not surprised why he recommended WFM so highly to me. I have had very positive experience and encountered an indescribably unique inviting atmosphere each time I entered any one of your stores, whichever location, whichever state; whether from the WFM Team, the quality and array of your true whole food selection, and the warmth of the physical atmosphere. This morning I got on your website, as I have been so impressed, I decided to apply for a position to become one of your Team. As I opened up the WFM website, I got "sidetracked"...:) to your speeches. What a wonderful "diversion"! Now I know, WHY the company is as it is, and WHY the stores FEEL the way they do. I very much appreciate ALL you stand for, your cause, both as an entrepreneur and highly successful business gentleman, as well as a human being, and yes...also you stance on Conscious Capitalism. If you would know my background, you would understand why. I do not take our freedom in America lightly. On faith I am now applying for a position at WFM. It will be truly a privilege to be on the WFM Team. I thank you for being you. You HAVE made your parents very proud. God continue to bless you with a long healthy life to continue to enrich the world. Respectfully, Marta
12/07/2009 6:37:11 PM CST
sohbet says ...
Thank You admin
12/13/2009 4:50:14 PM CST
Myra Sharp says ...
Beautiful! Just beautiful in sharing the importance of following your heart and how that decision never fails in making great contributions to our world, and ultimately boomerangs right back to us! Love to You!
03/21/2010 12:52:18 PM CDT
Adult izle says ...
very very gut
01/08/2010 5:21:58 PM CST
Pamela Graham says ...
I love Whole Foods Market. I am thankful to our Heavenly Father for this Market.
02/21/2010 6:59:42 PM CST
Japanische Kochmesser says ...
great speech...
05/26/2010 6:47:25 AM CDT

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