Did you know that over 1 million people train on a Peloton every day? How was this phenomenon created and maintained?
Tony had the pleasure of speaking with John Foley, Co-founder and CEO of Peloton at a recent Business Mastery event. Foley has led Peloton to geometric growth, after more than 400 rejections from potential investors, it is now valued at over $32B dollars!
With 3.6 million raving fans, Foley has created an online community that both supports and challenges people to live better lives through convenient fitness in your home. His dedication to principles like “stay hungry and humble” and “don’t use hope as a method” are part of the secret to his success.
It is Foley’s continued focus on aspirational goals combined with his ability to inspire his employees to act like owners in solving problems and staying hungry that ensures Peloton will continue to accelerate and thrive as a business.
Watch the full conversation here.
[01:03] Intro of John Foley, CEO and co-founder of Peloton
[03:32] Foley background, including working at a Skittles Factory
[05:25] Hunger and humility most important to success
[06:44] Foley’s mentor
[08:01] Digital media disruption
[09:52] 400 nos before a single yes
[11:06] Funding Peloton
[11:39] Surround yourself with people who see the vision
[13:22] Consistency and perseverance created traction
[14:41] Goal of growing business 100% and making your life better
[17:55] Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good and minimum viable product
[19:23] Communal motivation in group fitness to make it fun
[21:15] How willing are your customers to recommend your business? - Peloton is in low 90’s on 1-100 scale
[23:12] Foley’s competitive nature
[25:23] The instructor, the human factor, matters. Scaling via digital media
[28:22] Don’t use hope as a method
[28:47] Don’t plan for failure, plan for success because it becomes self-fulfilling
[30:13] Partnership with Beyonce
[33:59] 8,000 employees globally
[34:06]Marc Benioff is an inspiration. Champion of social change and team culture
[34:57] Internal culture permeates into the brand
[36:32] Audience question from Karina: How have your margins increased with COVID?
[37:24] COVID was tailwind for Peloton
[38:23] Had to spend $100M to satisfy the demand but margin structure has increased
[40:14] Audience question from Michelle: How did you build a team with great people AND establish a culture?
[42:30] Audience question from Brett: What did it feel like to see something you created finally succeed?
[43:15] We are not doing a victory dance. Hungry and humble with fire in our belly to get to our goals
[44:45] Audience question from Ann: What was your journey as you began putting Peloton together as a company?
[45:33] Bought parts of our business. Decided needed to be good at software, hardware and content. Focus on what will make your business special
[47:12] Find partners that share your work ethic, that you like being around
[48:32] Sign off
Sadhguru, a beloved friend of Tony and Sage, sits down to discuss identity, consciousness, inner freedom, human evolution, and his book Karma, A Yogi’s Guide to Crafting Your Destiny.
Watch the discussion HERE.
Sadhguru is a true luminary of our time and offers in this interview a fresh understanding of Karma and its common misperceptions. Removing the stigma of “good Karma” or “bad Karma,” Sadhguru explains that our karma actually has the ability to enhance our lives if only we choose to use our past, and our memories of it, in ways that serve our perception of life, personal evolution, and spiritual growth.
[00:47] Sadhguru ID/Intro
[01:18] What is Karma?
[04.02] Karma is about liberation, not control
[07:44] Karma is how to move from an unconscious to a conscious existence.
[08:12] Responding (choice) v. reacting
[11:53] One consciousness
[12:59] Consciousness is not something we do
[16:19] To be free, understand what ropes are holding you
[17:06] What is Vasana?
[19:07] Sadhguru working with prisoners in India and US
[21:13] Large part of karma being created unconsciously
[22:44] Sadhguru’s goal to make the whole world ecstatic
[24:51] People have a fear of freedom
[26:51] We die in installments.
[28:37] Your attention needs to be with living.
[29:26] How can you create a new destiny consciously?
[30:17] Your experience of life is manufactured within you.
[34:50] Why is intention so important?
[36:42] Your intent is based on your identity
[37:20] Fix your identity
[39:14] What does Sadhguru mean?
[41:44] How do you liberate Karma?
[42:30] Awareness and abandon
[43:22] The story of Gautama
[50:32] Genetic compulsions are within all of us.
[52:32] How will you use what is within you?
[54:10] How do you coach people to pause?
[54:52] Managing instincts consciously
[57:10] What is the practice of just being and looking?
[01:00:40] Not looking through the kaleidoscope of karma
[01:02:38] Shifting perception from suffering to pain
[01:03:29] Creating space between you and your body
[01:07:23] What life throws at you is not your choice. What you make out of it is 100% yours
[01:08:28] The gift of this existence
[01:11:39] All human experience happens from within.
[01:13:57] Sign off
Known as America’s Best Preacher, Bishop T.D. Jakes shares with Tony how you can become a great orator. Combining passion with power, instinct and intellect, Jakes creates a recipe that you can follow to have your message touch hearts and souls and change the world. This dynamic conversation with Tony and T.D. will touch your heart, make you laugh, and teach you wisdom you can use in your daily life. Interested in hearing more from Bishop T.D. Jakes? Listen to past episodes where he took part on the Tony Robbins podcast here.
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1:17 Tony welcomes T.D. Jakes
2:17 TR: Why this book, why now, why Frank Thomas?
3:30 Don’t drop the mic: the power of communication
4:13 TR: Tell us the story of you watching the news with your father
4:54 A man of color speaking on the TV was very, very rare
5:30 Dr. King grabbed the mic
6:17 Talk to people outside your bubble
7:20 Dr. Thomas challenges me to explain how I do what I do
8:20 “Great communication isn’t just tangible”
9:38 TR: What part of Martin Luther King have you embodied or has become a part of you?
10:27 Church was about more than just faith for the African American community
12:52 What you don’t know can be expensive
14:11 TR tells story about being abroad
15:20 Different types of poor
16:20 If we can share blood, we can share conversation
17:31 TR: What do you see is the purpose of communication?
18:45 Respect and communication
19:20 Whatever we respect, we give time to
20:40 The book is just as much about listening as it is about speaking
22:00 Some of the greatest breakthroughs come from the bellman
23:00 Aligned interests = trust, but not respect
24:05 TR: What is presence to you?
25:24 It’s difficult to trust people who want power without investment
27:45 T.D. Jakes on his ancestors
30:14 TR: What is the value of suffering?
32:30 “When they march, they should sing”
33:50 TR: The unification of suffering
35:30 TR: Psychological immunity
37:16 TR: What’s a situation when you fell flat?
40:00 TR: How have you had to adapt to be more effective without an audience there?
41:48 The pandemic created a vortex, and so faith became tangible
44:30 On avoiding criticism
45:30 TR: How can you deal with the fear of public speaking?
46:48 T.D. Jakes: Talk to yourself
48:20 We label to file people away
51:35 TR: Where is love in the magic of your power?
52:30 Nike’s synergism
54:25 Car wreck, do you want me to call the police or the ambulance?
59:22 When I don’t have the ability to articulate what I need, I can only be angry
1:01:55 "We don't treat the successful because we believe success cures personal pain and it doesn't always do that."
1:04:38 TR: How important is drama for someone to be effective as a communicator?
1:06:10 Example: Floyd cried out for his mother. Every woman identified
1:10:40 Sweeping dirt floors
1:11:50 TR: What makes someone a great storyteller?
1:12:30 Bible story: Bartimaeus
1:15:30 TR: How do you know when to go off script?
1:18:38 “You have to engage intellect and instinct”
1:24:30 We were chosen to have this conversation while the clock is ticking
1:25:53 TR: What are the most important things to guide someone to not drop the mic?
1:28:18 "Diversity invites me to the party. Inclusion asks me to dance."
1:34:20 "If I didn't change the world, I changed somebody's world. If I can change somebody's world, then to them, I changed the world."
American neurosurgeon, medical reporter and writer Sanjay Gupta joins Tony for an engaging conversation about brain health and its effects on your life. From movement to nourishment to rest, Tony and Sanjay share life hacks that have been proven to improve both the quality and longevity of your life from Sanjay Gupta’s newest book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age. Learn and laugh with these experts as they take you on a journey through cutting-edge information and inspiration about brain health and exciting developments for the future of this field.
1:00 TR introduces today’s guest, a renaissance man
1:30 Sanjay’s new book, Keep Sharp
2:00 TR: How did that journey begin and what influenced you?
2:58 The first female engineer hired by Ford
3:20 Sanjay’s mom: “if you don’t hire me, you never will.”
5:25 Medical marijuana and being able to shift
7:00 Sanjay during Covid-19
7:30 Sanjay did not see the merits of medical marijuana originally
8:00 94% of the studies were designed to look for harm, only 6% looking for a benefit
8:35 I different picture started to emerge
9:05 TR: You did such a good job bringing the human emotion to it
10:08 Total transparency
10:20 TR: What made you decide to write Keep Sharp?
11:20 Sanjay wrote his book before Covid-19
12:05 The mental impact of Covid-19
13:09 You can build new brain cells at any age
15:20 Defining a healthy brain
16:40 We use 10% of our brain 90% of the time
18:40 Practice makes perfect, but it is change that builds resilience
18:50 TR: Are there skills that you’ve never tried, learning a language, singing?
20:15 TR: Is there dopamine that comes from creating these new pathways?
23:17 TR: Pattern recognition, pattern utilization, pattern creation is what makes people masterful
23:35 Fundamentally, people know the right things to do
25:00 A healthy brain is tied to a wider circle
27:25 Sanjay uses his daughters as a sounding board
29:00 Brisk walking is far better than intensely exercising for the brain
29:50 Get vulnerable
34:12 The brain is exquisitely sensitive to sugar
34:40 You may be overly indulging your body and starving your brain.
35:14 TR: Tell people what the long-term impact of starving the brain is
35:40 Changes in your brain that sets you up for dementia potentially
36:28 TR: Where is the link between side effects of covid and obesity?
39:50 TR: We seem to be outsourcing our health to the pharmaceutical industry, but they can only do so much.
42:00 Medical AI and being the CEO of your own health
42:37 The two words no one wants to talk about
43:45 We can now visualize the inside of the brain
44:33 The process began decades earlier
46:10 Injecting AI behaviors for health
48:10 Technology will continue to add to our lives
49:00 There might be a better use of our time and energy
50:00 The Vatican and stem cells
55:00 We have the capacity to heal ourselves
57:01 Optimizing our life so it is frictionless
57:30 Sanjay: Three teenage girls in the house
57:57 TR: What did you learn from the super-brainers project?
59:04 Confirmation that the brain can get sharper over time
59:20 TR: The more meaningful connections you make, the more you remember.
1:01:00 Blood pressure drugs to prevent destructive memories forming
1:01:55 Dementia Village
1:08:02 1.65-billion-person experiment
1:09:20 Sleep is essential to memory
1:11:00 “As your friend, you should get more sleep Tony”
1:12:05 Tony comes to mind when Sanjay writes
1:13:00 Habit stacking
1:15:00 Polishing memories
1:16:00 TR: What is your Ikigai?
1:18:05 The difference in data interpretation
1:21:20 Childhood hunger
1:23:05 Experiencing this world fully
1:24:20 TR: You’re a gift to us
Bond-trader extraordinaire, investor, and billionaire Jeffrey Gundlach joins Tony at a recent Platinum Financial event for a candid conversation about the current markets and the upcoming political and financial landscape. Gundlach is known for his bold calls, having correctly predicted the housing crash in 2007, and brings his candor to this discussion on inflation, taxes, the US Department of Treasury, and more. In this exclusive interview, founder of DoubleLine Capital, Gundlach also covers a potential asset allocation breakdown you won't want to miss.
Dr. Mark Hyman joins us to discuss his new book, The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World. Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician, a thirteen-time New York Times best-selling author, Board President for Clinical Affairs for the Institute for Functional Medicine, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the field of Functional Medicine. He noticed that Paleo and Vegan diets are both plant rich diets that focus on eating good fats and whole, unprocessed foods. The only difference is where they get their protein. In combining the best of both worlds, The Pegan Diet cuts through the noise so you can biohack your biology and save the planet in the process through regenerative agriculture, eating the rainbow, and the 75% rule.
Tony has had the privilege of working with some of the most amazing athletes in history. Today he sits down ring-side with 4-time Heavyweight world champion Evander Holyfield. In this exclusive interview, Holyfield talks about what it was like growing up, his peak career moments, the notorious fight with Mike Tyson, and the possibility of stepping back into the ring all these years later. Tony guides Holyfield through an epic retelling and reveal of what it means to be a part of a comeback story and how boxing is so much more than just a physical battle. It’s about marrying the physical body, psychology, spirit, and soul for the ultimate combination of skills.
Holyfield recounts the moment that changed his life at The Boys Club, the three best pieces of advice his mother gave him that guide him through his life, and what he learned from losing almost half a billion dollars. At 58 years old, Holyfield is still training as hard as ever, and hoping for a third match up against Tyson to finish out their trilogy. In the video version of this interview, Holyfield invites Tony into his personal training ring for some punching practice. To see this extended interview, check out our YouTube page.
Welcome to today’s bonus episode. In the previous episode, The Future of Food, Energy and Space, you heard Tony introduce a group of groundbreaking entrepreneurs who are turning the status quo upside down for how we operate as humans. They shared what amazing technology we have to look forward to, not tomorrow, but today. This is technology that will improve the lives of people all over the world and for generations to come.
Here Tony continues the conversation with Bill, Jason, Mikhail, and Dakin, but with a focus on the business side to bettering the lives of people everywhere. Bill speaks to his desire to do for energy what Elon Musk did for cars. Jason talks about the power of distribution, comparing Netflix to the food market. And Mikhail opens our eyes to the newest space race and how being business-minded with technology produces incredible results.
In this episode Tony calls each of us to be an owner, not just a consumer. Entrepreneurship and investing is something he’s worked throughout his career to make accessible for all people. Enjoy this exciting episode and discover how you can get involved.
This past year was a trying one for all of us, and this new year has started off with challenges, too. It would be easy to believe that we as a society are headed in a negative direction, to be fearful of the future – but as Tony says, Fear is simply imagination undirected. What happens when you give direction to your imagination? That’s what we call faith.
Faith is not learned, it’s something we are born with. Faith is what fuels us through times of fear and uncertainty. It is more powerful than any emotion, even fear. When all hell is breaking loose, it gives us the ability to find our center, to help ourselves and others to find answers, to find a higher meaning in the midst of our pain and in spite of our fear. And if you’re a leader, you take that certainty and transfer it into others, because human conviction has a viral effect and will spread. Faith is knowing that at our core we're more than anything we will ever face, and we can handle whatever life brings us. We always have and we always will. That is the power of the human race.
In this episode, Tony sits down with four extraordinary human beings that are working to solve major global issues, who believe so strongly in their solutions and have so much certainty that it’s almost contagious!
These four leaders are not only world changing technology experts, but the founders and CEOs of companies that are bringing the stuff of science-fiction novels to life. And faster than anyone thought possible. They're doing things that will change the lives of billions of people all across the globe. Their ultimate outcome is to increase that quality of life for everyone in existence and for generations to come.
In this episode, you will learn about:
The future of food. Hear from CEO and co-founder of Upward Farms, Jason Green. (Yes, you read that right – he may indeed have a green thumb!) Upward Farms is a Brooklyn-based indoor aquaponic farm sustainably growing leafy greens and fish with the highest ecological and quality standards. Jason is changing the way we grow food and challenging the environmentally devastating practices we’ve been using for so long.
The future of energy. Learn from the genius mind behind the monetization of search words, Bill Gross, whose company, Idealab, is the longest running technology incubator in the history of the world. He’s taking on sustainable energy like no human on earth has done before.
The future of space. Hear from Mikhail Kokorich, CEO of Momentus, a space transportation company. Mikhail’s commercial and private space travel is the stuff of every sci-fi lover's dreams. But he’s taking it from beyond the pages of books and movies and making it real with special water propulsion technology. And he’s not just stopping at transportation.
The future of business. Tony pulls insights from founder and general partner of Prime Movers Lab, Dakin Sloss. His company is all about seeing the value in people’s visions for starting new companies, and providing the funding and guidance to get them off the ground. But these aren’t your average entrepreneurial startups, these are companies that will change the way we experience life.
Most of you know that Tony is incredibly passionate about anything that can increase the quality of people's lives. He’s obsessed with finding answers and solutions. He’s also obsessed with finding entrepreneurs and companies that are on the brink of changing the world and being a part of that in any way he can. For Tony, this usually means more than just investing with them financially, but going on a journey with them, and investing on a soul-level. We hope you enjoy this episode!
"I'm obsessed with entrepreneurs and companies that are about to change the world." - Tony Robbins