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YOUNG SUCCESS STORIES
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Published: May 01, 2009

40 Under 40 Web extra



RYAN FARRELLY 
Founder, president and inventor of Freeline Sports Inc.

Ryan Farrelly can say goodbye forever to the countless nights he spent sleeping in his car and eating nothing but canned tuna fish. As the inventor of Freeline Skates, and the founder and president of Freeline Sports Inc., Farrelly now enjoys international success, distributing his products throughout the U.S. and overseas to more than 30 countries, including New Zealand and the U.K.

Most important lesson learned:
My Dad told me a long time ago to simply be nice to everyone because you never know who a person might be. That, and “Do what you say you will.”

Next big step:
Creating the Freeline Entrepreneur program to help create jobs in every neighborhood nationwide. Every skater who has a set of Freelines has the opportunity to start their own business making money by giving skate lessons to local kids.  

Advice for other young professionals:
Write down your goals – both short-term and long-term – and focus on them daily. Do not doubt yourself, no matter what! There will always be those trying to take the air out of your tires. Just roll with the punches. See God in everyone and everything. Check out one of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”

What you do for fun:
Work, sweat, create, invent, Freeline, skateboard, snowboard, surf, wakeboard, skim, cliff jump, mash down big hills, skate pools, ride my motorcycle, cook, make music, plan parties, film and edit videos, teach kids how to skate, arts and crafts for gifts, design clothes, build ramps, play horseshoes, cruise my 22-foot-long chop top 69 Cadi, live in the moment always, love and chill with family and friends.

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would that be and why?
Leonardo da Vinci – talk about a character, this guy was a crazy inventor, painter, sculptor, architect, musician, writer, engineer, scientist and mad mathematician.  I would be most interested in talking to him about all the hidden messages in his paintings. This guy was a crazy cool cat who knew more about our humanity than his society was ready for and had to sneak most of these truths into his paintings. Plus, I just like people who think big.



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Readers Feedback:

I have pair of freelines. They're totally awsome!
Comment at 4/13/2010
The freeline skates are hard at first, then it becomes like a second nature. They're so fun
Comment at 4/16/2010