Learn how to set meaningful goals, with the gumption to go after them

(BPT) - Whether you're a college grad, young professional or in mid-career, chances are you've already faced challenges that seemed overwhelming. Throughout your career, you'll continue to face opportunities to choose one path or another, but without clear, meaningful goals — and the gumption to pursue them — you may find your path veering from the life you really want.

This is one of the key messages of the debut book by Sharon Price John, "Stories and Heart: Unlock the Power of Personal Stories to Create a Life You Love," which illustrates core principles that helped her succeed — from climbing a daunting tree in childhood to leading some of world’s best-known brands, offering personal lessons and insights in an approachable manner and understandable format. As president and chief executive officer of the beloved publicly traded company Build-A-Bear Workshop for nearly a decade, John successfully led the 25-year-old organization through the "retail apocalypse" and global pandemic to emerge as a reimagined corporation that delivered the most profitable year in its history in 2021, followed by the recently announced expectation to repeat that feat for the company’s 2022 fiscal year.

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