Today, I am writing about a tough lesson I have learned about the power of my words.
I recently posted some comments on Facebook about my frustrations with a situation affecting my family and our neighborhood. My comments were heated, but also insensitive and offensive to some people. For that I am terribly sorry. Shortly after realizing the gravity of my words taken out of context, I removed my comments.
While my comments were understandably offensive to some, I made them in response to several incidents that have made me and my neighbors feel unsafe, including one that required me to call the police because individuals were physically threatening me at my home. In reading a post in which a neighbor wrote about fears for the privacy and safety of his family, I responded from the hip based on my own experience and concerns for the safety of my family. I did so without taking into account the larger implications and repercussions of my words. That was not in good form.
I am proud of what my team has built at our company, and I hope this mistake does not reflect negatively on them. I am humbled by this experience and will strive to lead and communicate by example, as a CEO, neighbor, and father.