We had the good fortune of connecting with Boris Boundjia and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Boris, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
“Success is a result of prioritizing your desires.”
For me, being successful is about focus. It’s about having a definite purpose and putting that purpose before all other things. You have to be obsessed with being successful. Anyone can be successful; many people want to be successful but they are not committed to it. To me you have to chase the success everyday when you wake up, when you go to sleep, and many times through out the day. It has to always be on your mind. Success to me is limitless. When you are obsessed with being successful things some people view as “sacrifices” don’t even seem optional but rather just necessary actions I have to take in order to achieve what I want.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Recball is an app-based sports community with ball rental machines and a social feed for active-minded people to get together, schedule pick-up games, and find new leagues in the community. Recball started off as a ball rental machine business and has expanded into a social community-based app for like-minded people. I am most proud of how I’ve taken something that started as an idea and turned it into an actual business. It is easy to just give up when things get hard, but I never did. I just kept pushing. The most exciting part of it all is that we are now moving into partnering with universities; we are working on placing our sports ball rental machines on campuses for students to use recreationally. It has not been easy to get where we are today. There have been a lot of difficulties and challenges along the way. I learned a lot from starting my first business, which I have since closed. I take that chapter as a lesson instead of failure. I learned what it takes to start a business from a seed and to never give up. I read a lot of books about starting businesses and personal growth. Once I started reading those books, it opened my brain and I started to move differently, networking with people, being more outgoing in creating connections. You must be your own advocate and believe in yourself more than anyone else. If you believe in something, you cannot give up; you will hear a lot of “no”, but you need stamina and endurance to keep persevering. I came to America when I was 19, a French African, ESL basketball student all by myself. I never lost faith or gave up hope. Recball is about the power of sport and the life lessons, values, and well-rounded humans it creates.
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’d like to shout out Justin Tichy, Chief Stores Officer/EVP at Petco and my first client when I opened my first business. I accredit my hustle and perseverance to him for always believing in me. He always told me that he knew I was going to be successful and pressed into me to never give up on my dreams. I was a young adult, about 25, and had just opened Grind to Shine, a basketball training business. Justin had been in business for decades and when he told me he saw something in me, it left an impression on me. He’s always been a mentor to me and offered feedback whenever I needed it. For someone as successful as him to believe in me, it pushed me to believe in myself harder.