I have spent a lot of time thinking over the past week, and I suspect many of you have done the same. I’ve asked myself:
- What do I believe?
- What do my actions demonstrate?
- How can I – as one person, and as a leader – do more to create change?
Fernando Borghese and I were early adopters of Peloton. We liked the company and the product so much that we placed bikes in some of our offices (where space allowed). Peloton has always had amazing instructors and has allowed these instructors to have the ability to use Peloton to express their views on a variety of topics. I respect and admire Peloton for not trying to censor their employees or the content they speak about while working inside the company/platform. A great example of this was illustrated last week. Tunde Oyeneyin, a black Peloton instructor, led a “Speak Up” ride. During the ride, she read quotes from famous civic leaders and people from within the Peloton family. One of the quotes she read resonated with both the current times and the growth path I’ve been on:
Change is inevitable. Growth is optional. Every day, we get the choice to be better or get worse. It takes work and discomfort to create the growth. It’s not supposed to be easy.
Racial inequality and prejudice is the unfortunate result of ignorance taught and handed down through generations. It takes introspection to realize and challenge thought processes. I believe most people live every day with good intentions, but I encourage everyone reading this to think deeply about your beliefs and your actions. Can you be better? Can you be more? Can you create greater impact with your actions?
Change starts within each of us. When you set a positive example, others will follow your lead. I believe we all have the power to be better, to be more. There is always more.