We had the good fortune of connecting with Sean Afkhaminia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sean, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I knew I would go into business for myself early on, although the form it would eventually take was not always clear. Since I was young, I think I’ve had a strong sense of intuition and self-sufficiency. I guess you could say it was an entrepreneurial spirit, but I was constantly finding things to create, quantify, and trade even before I knew what an entrepreneur was. Being in business for myself gives me a great deal of empowerment to take control over my own fate. Whether I succeed or fail is because of me, and I love that about it. Business is a team game, but only strong individuals can run it. The main driving force behind starting a soccer training business is to develop an outlet for me to express my talents, build a community, and continue to grow. Footy is my passion and I’ve sculpted a lifestyle that aligns with my identity, which brings me great content. I’m just seven years into my first big project, but it won’t be my last. Footy Factory will always stay with me no matter where I go as I continue to pursue all that life has to offer.
What should our readers know about your business?
Footy Factory is the leading supplemental soccer training business in North Texas, a talent hotbed for youth soccer in the country. The original plan was to build a professional club with a full youth academy and educational institution and by year six, many of those pieces were already in place. However, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic shed light on a new perspective and we made a strategic decision to get back to our roots and narrow our focus on the very specific niche of individualized training. We wanted to streamline the business to make it more scalable, in an effort to build a globally-recognized brand and leave a greater impact on many more young players and coaches around the world. “The Gold Standard of Soccer Performance” is more than just a slogan, it’s in our DNA. The “Gold Standard” is not a universal peak, but a fully optimized personal prime. It’s the sweet spot at the very edges of your ability where effort and intent meet. Success, then, is defined as consistent, honest expression of self. At Footy Factory, we aim to guide players in discovering their “Gold Standard”, designing a blueprint to cultivate it, and helping them reach for that peak point daily. The definition of a leader is someone who inspires others towards their own personal greatness. Our mission is not to simply assemble a mass group of followers, but to influence a wide community of leaders.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Dallas is a beautiful city with lots of modern art, sleek architecture, and iconic sites. It’s such a broad area and there’s so much to do that if someone came to visit for a week, you could take them somewhere new every day. Of course, COVID restrictions put somewhat of a damper on things, but you’ll never run out of new experiences if you go looking for them around here.
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?
To identify a single influence to my success so far would be far too difficult, because everyone and everything deserves credit and recognition in my story. I am a firm believer that we are all simply a product of our environment. Every experience I’ve ever had has shaped me into the person I am now, so I acknowledge all of it and regret none of it. You can learn something from anyone, anything, anytime, anywhere. The important thing is to remove the emotion of the experience to discover the lesson of the moment.