Partner John Worden was featured among 17 other “Exceptional Executives” in Reinvent the Wheel: How Top Leaders Leverage Well-Being for Success, a new book that profiles business leaders and how they use well-being to drive their personal and career achievements. Other executives featured in the book include the CEOs of Whole Foods, May Lindstrom Skin, Hint, and the California Wellness Foundation, as well as the chairperson of the board of Tesla, the chief marketing officer of Google, and 11 others.
John discussed how prioritizing physical fitness, which includes competing on teams in three sports and a mind-boggling physical workout regimen, and particularly his long-time commitment to studying martial arts, has enhanced his legal practice.
“As a lawyer who handles high-stakes trials all over the US, I know I need to be able to stand up to almost any challenge,” he said.
John, who is a black belt in Kung Fu, has been studying martial arts for 28 years, and has earned more than 50 tournament trophies, several National Kung Fu Championships gold medals, and a silver medal from 2003 World Kung Fu Championships.
John said, “The focus is never limited to learning how to fight, but rather on the overall development of the mind, body, and spirit.… The intense training and extreme pressures I experienced and underwent working toward and receiving my black belt prepared me to withstand the challenges I face in the courtroom."
John’s “nothing in moderation” attitude also extends to the rest of his life, including his philanthropic endeavors. A vegan, he has been honored three times by the Bar Association of San Francisco for his pro bono and diversity work. In 2018, he received media attention when he donated a kidney, which he said, “really wasn't that tough all things considered.”
He added, “… most things I do, others could do if they tried. They just may not believe (yet) that they can."
Reinvent the Wheel will be available October 22, 2019.