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How Whole Foods Co-Founder John Mackey Found His Purpose

Season 5 Episode 514
Aired on 06/08/2014 | CC tv-pg
Like a lot of young people in the early '70s, Whole Foods co-CEO and Conscious Capitalism author John Mackey was a free-spirited college student searching for meaning and purpose. While his parents pushed for a more traditional career path, John, who was living in Austin, Texas, at the time, realized he would never fulfill his true calling until he followed his heart. At age 23, he dropped out of college, joined a co-op, grew his beard long and became a vegetarian, and it was during this time that he discovered his love for natural foods. Watch as John reveals the origins of Whole Foods Market—now worth nearly $14 billion.

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