The power to create a life you love is within you. This is a core belief of Build-A-Bear CEO Sharon Price John that makes Stories & Heart stand out among today’s business books. Revealed through events and experiences that shaped her life, Sharon assembles a blueprint for making meaning in modern times.
More than candid stories that educate and inspire, she guides readers through her framework for using their own personal stories to enact meaningful change in their lives. Each chapter begins with a themed story highlighting a life lesson—like learning to set productive goals, or challenging limiting perceptions—then proceeds to a “Questions from the Heart” section that creates a place for contemplation. The chapters conclude with a “Create Your Own Story” exercise designed to help readers identify the power of their personal stories, impact their own journeys, and create a life they love.
In honor of Stories & Heart launching during the 25th anniversary year of Build-A-Bear Workshop, the company has pledged $25,000 to the Build-A-Bear Foundation, which focuses on childhood literacy and the wellbeing of children. Funding this donation is expected to be partially generated by purchases of this book.
“The most important thing a founder can do is pass on their company to the right successor. For Build-A-Bear, it had to be someone with the brains and vision to see the future ahead, but it also had to be a person with heart. Sharon Price John was and is that person. Her stories are valuable life lessons that will inspire every reader to create a life worth living and loving!”
—Maxine Clark, Former CEO and Founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop
“Sharon Price John’s marvelous new book may be exactly the catalyst you need to emerge from this very trying time energized and hopeful for a bright future. In a masterful combination of stories from her life and encouragements for yours, she takes us on a remarkable journey literally across the country, through an endlessly fascinating set of roles in companies large and small. Her combination of analytical prowess (you don’t get to do turnarounds without that) with heart is rare. Get this book – it could change your life.”
— Rita McGrath, Best-selling author, renown strategist, professor at Columbia Business School
“Inspiring! Stories & Heart guides you through the tales of an extraordinary journey of dedication, gumption, and genuine kindness. Sharon shares more than career stories, letting readers see the formative moments packed with profound truths and insights that create a more complete picture of a fascinating life. A great read you won’t be able to put down!”
—Marshall Goldsmith, Thinkers50 #1 Executive Coach and New York Times bestselling author
“Having known Sharon when she worked her first job in advertising, it was an honor to read about her incredible journey to CEO. Along with her engaging stories of success, failures and challenges, Sharon provides thought provoking lessons for life and for business.”
—Dee Haslam, CEO of Haslam Sports and Owner of the Cleveland Browns
“This book is exceptional & will be meaningful to anyone who wants to open themselves up to be all they can be!”
—Jill Bard, Former CEO of Mattel
“Having experienced the power of Sharon’s leadership firsthand, she brings her signature style of humanity, creativity, intelligence, and humor to this powerful memoir of her life and career. In this book, Sharon gives what she naturally gives to anyone who meets her: The tools and techniques to see, design, and create your best future. Sharon inspires you with her own vulnerability and ability to drive extraordinary results.”
—Sarah Personette, Former Chief Consumer Officer of Twitter
“As one of America’s most admired presidents and CEOs of a publicly traded company, Sharon Price John shares her life experiences through themes and storytelling while including thought-provoking questions for readers along the way. Sharon’s vast experiences along with her strong intuition are her superpowers! This is a must-read! Entertaining, personal, and a great read on success.”
—Steve Schussler, Author of the national best seller, It’s a Jungle In There; Creator of Rainforest Café, T-Rex, Yak and Yeti, and The Boathouse, all at Disney World, in Orlando Florida.
“I found Stories & Heart absolutely fabulous! I want to read it again and again. The advice is perfect! As the Build-A-Bear franchisee for Australia, I really enjoy working with Sharon and appreciate her ability to lead the company to success in such tough times. I found this story of her life truly inspiring. I highly recommend Stories & Heart. It will be helpful to every reader, because the sound advice is highly practical. We all want to live a “life that we love,” but very few manage to do so. Sharon has found a wonderful way to positively impact the lives of others.”
—Norma Rosenheim, Founder and CEO of Creata
“Stories & Heart brings life to those everyday moments that create who we are, and who we will become. By providing a peek into how she has used her experiences as lessons to help identify her purpose, Sharon inspires us to make use of our individual journey. I’m reminded that there are no detours in life, just experiences of great possibility, and that when you have an open heart and embrace these moments you can bring life to the dreams you didn’t know you had. She gives us inspiration, a reminder to be brave and bold, and has even included interactive prompts to help claim that unique power inside each of us. I absolutely loved this book, and have written aspirational notes and reminders to myself on every page. I can’t wait to experience it all unfold.”
—Lysa Ratliff, Head of KABOOM!
“Stories & Heart not only reaches inside to explore what really creates a successful, fulfilling career and life, but Sharon John gives you a compass of the heart. John is a pioneer and a woman who has never met a challenge she did not suit up for.”
—Tena Clark, Founder and CEO of DMI Music, Composer/Producer, Speaker, Activist
Don’t wait any longer to start creating a life you love. Unlock the stories in your life that hold the power to put you on the path of personal growth with the help of Build-A-Bear President & CEO Sharon Price John. Download your free chapter of Stories & Heart.