EP 010 Jeff Gaites: Normal is Not the Goal

EP 010 Jeff Gaites: Normal is Not the Goal

On today’s episode, Stoked Steve interviews Jeff Gaites. Jeff is the owner of Uncle Funkys Board Shop in New York City. He had the same dream in life and pursued it with passion. Listen as he shares how he started his business, and survived some economic down times to become the largest and biggest skateboard shop in the city.

“If you start going towards something, the obstacles that are put in your place are never going to be a deal breaker.” -Jeff Gaites

Working Day and Night Jobs

Jeff is among the first supporters of Stoked. Bobbi Babitz referred him to Stoked Steve in 2005. During that time, he was working for an online real estate business by day and produced events by night.

He also did skate clinics. One day, he and Bobbi (his boss in his day job) talked about skating and surfing. That led him to meeting Steve and supporting his cause.

The Innovative Supporter

Steve just started with Stoked months before he met Jeff. He was very much passionate on his snowboard mentoring program, until someone suggested that he start one for skateboarding.

That’s how he met Jeff. Jeff was the one who chose the location for the first skateboard mentoring event, and he really timed it after a race in Central Park. Steve and the kids were just nearby waiting on him.

He set up a booth in the Park, and encouraged some individuals to teach kids. That’s how they got mentors and skateboards.

Dreams are Possible

Jeff believes that a dream isn’t impossible if you put your mind to it. Sadly, not a lot of people go after their dreams.

Mistakes are part of the journey, and most of them aren’t completely destructive. If you do a little thing every day, you’ll be a step closer to your dreams.

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