We had the good fortune of connecting with Isaiah Rojas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isaiah, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Over the last 5 years, a work-life balance has been extremely important to me and in my career. The reason for that is 5 years ago I had my first son and I needed to make sure that I was present as much as possible for him. Now 5 years later I have my second son and work-life balance is part of every day for me. Before my kids, I worked as much as I could and as long as I could to put myself in a better position to provide for myself and my wife. I commuted long distances and worked crazy hours (lots of weekends and lots of 2pm-2am shifts). Although this was not ideal, we both understood it is what needed to be done. Then 6 years ago I was getting ready to become a Father and I knew this was not going to work for me personally. I was still as driven as ever, but my focus changed to being a present father/husband and not just a provider. This is when I made the decision to become an i9 Sports business owner. I knew starting a business would mean long hours and days, but it would also mean the freedom to choose my path and how to use my time. No longer will someone else dictate my time and my decisions. When I wanted to work 18 hour days I did, and when I wanted to take a day off for family I did that too. To me, work-life balance is not a magical number of work hours and home hours. It is the idea that I have total control over my time and I am at peace with my choices. There are still days that I work weekends, work long days, and have to say no to my family, but I am 100% comfortable in those decisions. The reason is I know that I am also going to be working from home most days, which means I will drop off my kids at school every day and help put my 5-month-old down for naps. It means that if needed I can take a long lunch to spend time with my wife or take the family on a weekend trip when we want. Work-life balance is the freedom to choose when to focus on work and when to focus on life (family, health, personal time, etc.) and being comfortable in those decisions and without guilt. Right now I work more often and harder than I did before I had kids, but I also spend more quality time with my family and I am much happier because my decisions are 100% up to me and not dictated by someone else. For me work life balance means I start every day at 9:30am (after I drop off the kids at school and daycare), I work until 12:30pm and take lunch with my wife. I am normally back to work from 1-4pm, which is when my kids and wife come home. Then from 4-9pm I am with my family and most days I will do more work from 9-1am, when everyone is sleeping. There are some weekends when I am gone both or one day and some weekends when I am off both days. There are times when I work from 9-6pm straight and other days when I work from 12-2pm because we are out of town on a family trip. Before I became a business owner I worked 8-4pm (M-F) and every other weekend (30-50 hours a week). Now I work 50-70 hours a week, but I choose when those hours are to ensure that I am present with my family as much as possible. So instead of looking for work-life balance, try searching for the freedom and the ability to be comfortable with the choices you make. That way you are happy, you have no guilt, and you have freedom.
What should our readers know about your business?
i9 Sports is a local youth sports organization that offers recreational youth sports for boys and girls ages 3-14. What makes i9 Sports different than all other leagues is our focus on Sportsmanship, Convenience, and Safety. Our leagues are recreational and not hyper-competitive which allows kids to learn and have fun in an age-appropriate program that focuses on sportsmanship and not the outcome. We are convenient for busy families with our 1-day a week leagues (practice and game on Saturday or Sunday) and we offer 5 sports all year round so that every child can play their favorite sport any time! We also boast the most robust background check system for all our coaches and staff to ensure the kids are safe and adjust the rules of each sport to limit on field/court injuries. If you are tired of overly competitive youth sports leagues that take up all your week, then i9 Sports is perfect for you! At i9 Sports we focus on the child, not the athlete, which is why “i9 sports is the way youth sports should be!”
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
As a sports guy and a family guy, I would take them to my favorite sports venues in Frisco. That includes a Roughrider game, a Texas Legends game, or any one of the many Pro Sports teams in the DFW area. Our family also loves places like Legoland, Crayola Experience, and one of the many great parks in the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shout out my i9 Sports Staff, my family, and professional mentors like Alli Wetzel, Roger Dequinia, Gary Vee, and Omar Zenhom.