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John Mackey John Mackey natural manager. innovator. love tuner.

John Mackey, Chairman and CEO of Whole Foods Market, is a leading practitioner of empowerment management. He co-founded FLOW, a think tank focusing on "Liberating the Entrepreneurial Spirit for Good." [www.wholefoodsmarket.com]

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My highest value, and the value I think is most important, is love, along with all its different aspects. At the end of the day and at the end of our life journey, what we retain from the relationships we’ve had, the people we’ve loved, and what we’ve done with our lives is the expression of love.

I don’t think of love as primarily a feeling, although that’s one of its components, but as the ground for being. It’s who we are at the core. Through my choices and actions, I can go beyond the abstract idea of love.

For the past 32 years, I’ve directed most of my life’s energy into my work, building a company as a collective, collaborative enterprise – with that song of love in mind. The company has been and is my expression of love in the world, built the way an artist paints a picture or a novelist writes a book. It’s a love song that reflects my deepest values and what I care most about.

It’s only as the business grew and I grew as a person that I became more conscious of the values moving me forward and more aware of how much I value love. I’m convinced it’s only in retrospect that we become conscious of a lot of the reasons behind our impulses. Thankfully, consciousness is something that continues to grow.

When I get off track, when I forget about love and enter a space of judgment, fear, or anger, what I do to get back on track is tune in to the moment, through meditation, by focusing and listening and being quiet, or by spending time with my wife. I always find my way back then, to the song of love that’s in my heart.

My wife and I have been together 21 years now. The universe played a trick on me when I fell in love with her. I’m an entrepreneur and independent and self-willed in many ways. I have to do things my way, I can’t follow directions very well, and I’ve got authority issues. But I fell in love with and married an amazing woman who’s like a guru. She’s an awake, spiritually conscious person. Her energy is always very yen, sweet, nurturing, and healing. She doesn’t boss me around, but she helps me find the song of love. I like talking with her every day.

Whether its a business or a marriage or anything else, everyone needs to find and sing their song of love in the world.

– John Mackey

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