Even though he's only 17, it's time for Ryan Sheckler to step up and become a businessman, which is going to make it harder to strike a balance between his personal life and his career. In fact, the more his career takes of, the more complicated...... Read Full Episode Summary »
With all of Ryan's business meetings, it's becoming increasingly hard to make time for his family and friends.
Even though he's only 17, it's time for Ryan Sheckler to step up and become a businessman, which is going to make it harder to strike a balance between his personal life and his career. In fact, the more his career takes of, the more complicated the Life of Ryan becomes.
Ryan's agent, Steve, sets up back-to-back-to-back meetings with Ryan's sponsors Oakley and Etnies, as well as design company Liquid Graphics. As Steve rattles off all the new business ventures Ryan is going to be involved in, Ryan looks stressed. But he's hoping the new partnerships he's forming will mean that he can retire in five years. As Steve hands him paper after paper, Ryan signs his life away and hopes for the best.
But there's more to business than just paperwork. Ryan has to be hands-on and stay on top of things with endless meetings. During a meeting with Etnies, Ryan realizes he has a lot to learn when he is confused by the business jargon the executives throw around with ease. It makes Ryan realize that the road ahead is going to be rough.
While Ryan's trying to make heads or tails out of all his new business ventures, he's also trying to make sense of what's going on with him and Kayla. Ryan talks to Taylor about the fact that he hasn't seen or heard from Kayla in two weeks because she's out of town. When Taylor tells Ryan that she spoke to Kayla on the phone, Ryan is excited to hear that Kayla sent him a special "hello." Ryan has earned a lot of frequent flyer miles, but this time he finds himself in the unusual position of being the one waiting for someone special to return.
After his pit stop at Taylor's, it's time for Ryan to get back to business. Building an empire is more complicated than he thought, and he feels like he's being pulled in a million directions. But with his mom Gretchen working as his manager and his father, Randy, offering support, Ryan's confident he can handle the future demands of Sheckler, Inc.
Despite that support system, though, Ryan struggles with how much he can reasonably take on. Focusing on getting his business off the ground is taking Ryan's attention away from the people in his life and he's not sure he can juggle everything. Looking for a little help, Ryan sets up a meeting with motocross legend Carey Hart, who helps Ryan understand that he must delegate some of the work to make time for skating. Otherwise, Ryan might find himself being a businessman rather than a pro skater. And who wants that, right?
Ultimately, Ryan takes Carey's advice and decides that he'll continue to be involved in his growing business but rely heavily on professionals to help take his vision to the next level. Delegating and prioritizing is going to be key to making sure Ryan can still have time for the thing that got him to where he is today: skating.
Before hitting the skate park to blow off some steam with friends, Ryan gets a call from Kayla, who's finally home. Ryan can't wait to see her, and he hopes she feels the same. Ryan nervously heads to her place bearing a gift. But he's the one who gets the best gift imaginable -- seeing just how much she's missed him! Looks like Ryan's new business ventures aren't the only good things about to start up in his life.