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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Oct 26, 2022

My guest this week is David Pruitt, a first-generation college graduate from UNC-Greensboro. As a senior leader in the U.S Bicycle industry, he served on the board of “People for Bikes,” a national organization with 1.3 million members that works to make riding a bicycle in America safer, easier to access, and more fun.

A licensed CPA, David started his business career in an entry-level accounting position before advancing to first CFO, then CEO, of Performance Bike, for a time the largest cycling retailer in the United States.

He is an avid reader, a happily married husband for more than 30 years, and a proud father of two successful children. He currently resides in Chapel Hill.

5:24 – David 101

  • He was raised in Greensboro with two older brothers.
  • David had a dysfunctional, chaotic upbringing. His mother had mental health issues and his father was mentally and physically abusive.

20:12 – Breaking cycles

  • 30% of children who are abused end up abusing their children
  • David knew he was never going to put his hands on his kids. There was never a doubt, given his experience with abuse.

22:16 – 10 traumatic events

  • The CDC identified 10 traumatic events that can happen to a child before the age of 17.
  • If enough of those events happen, it can dramatically change the quality of the rest of their life.
  • Some include: physical/verbal/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence on mother, alcoholic parent, etc.

29:30 – Easy and difficult writing

  • Writing is not a cathartic experience.
  • There are tough things in his book, but it has a good ending.

42:32 – Forgiveness

  • David used his faith to help him forgive his father before his death.

45:00 – Missing the mother-son connection

  • David never had a connection with his mother. Mother-son relationships are supposed to the closest, but it wasn’t.

52:03 – Get to know you

  • Strange pet peeve? Mess. He’s a neat freak.
  • Hobby we wouldn’t guess?


I wanted to stop the cycle with my kids. So I was focused on being a good dad.

I knew I was never going to put my hands on my kids. I knew it. There was never a doubt.

There’s nothing worse than seeing a child’s potential stolen.


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