When I found out that Rayan’s client list at Back2Action included Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose & Nacer Chadli, I had a whole load of questions which Rayan (very professionally) could not answer. Such is the popularity of football these days, information on player injuries and such is not something teams want their rivals knowing too much about. What I did manage to find out were Rayan’s insights into starting and running a business, including the importance of resilience, sharing the pressures with your loved ones and never forgetting wht you started in the first place.
Why did you decide to start your own business?
I decided to set up the actual company to try and assist and bridge the gap between those individuals who dropped out of professional football either because they were misunderstood or they weren’t sure what it really took to get to the next level in regards to fitness, lifestyle, their general health or trying to get past certain mental blocks and previous injuries.
Playing football myself and having suffered several injuries that held my career back, I decided that I wanted to go off and study and help people to pursue their career in a manner in which I was unable to do. So that’s the way it all began.
BB: What skill or ability is most important and why?
For me the most important skill is resilience. Resilience and to keep sight of your dream and vision. It’s easy at any stage once you start to be remotely successful that you can deviate away from why you first started the company and what the actual philosophy of your company is.
If you do deviate just to facilitate financial gains you can lose touch with your clientele and the people you’re working with. I would definitely say resilience because you will hit tough times, but also keeping sight of that vision and why you first started. That’s what’s going to drive you to wake up every single day with the passion to do more.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned?
At times I decided not to communicate with friends and family about tough decisions I had to make and then when I did communicate with them I found out it wasn’t that bad and I had their support. Sometimes you feel like you don’t want to let people down but ultimately it’s your business and the people around you want to see you succeed as well.
Sharing that vision, sharing those difficult times, communicating with loved ones, friends and the close knit group around you is vital to helping you grow and succeed. As a small business owner myself I also need mentoring as much as I may mentor others, there’s other people who have been in my shoes and I can learn off them.
(note: If you like business stories that involve resilience, tough times and hardship then check out our extended interview with YouTube sensation John Quilter).
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is definitely waking up every day and knowing that I’m going to do my job. To be fair, irrespective of the type of clientele we attract now (well known footballers and athletes) as a business it’s just being able to help people and make that difference, and providing an environment for people to walk back into and have that desire to want to improve on what they’ve already improved on and come to you and entrust you.
All of these football players and other athletes are role models in their own right but then they’ll turn to myself and my team for our guidance, so we help them to fulfil their dreams to impact other young individuals, older individuals or to keep the game alive as such.