Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

  • Four-time Olympian and dynamic motivator
  • Promotes high achievement
  • Generates enthusiasm to sell more, produce more and win!

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Ruben Gonzalez is a four-time Olympian, business author and international, award-winning keynote speaker.

He is a living example of what is possible when you dream big, believe in yourself and take massive action to achieve the extraordinary. Ruben is an expert on creating desired results…fast. Organizations use his strategies to get their people to achieve more than ever before.

At the age of 21, Gonzalez, decided to compete in the Olympics, took up the sport of luge, and 4 years later was racing for the Gold against the best in the world.

Using his strategy for creating fast results, he soon became a bestselling author, business consultant and speaker, helping corporations and associations around the world create and sustain business growth…fast.

He combined his success in business and in the Olympics to create time-tested techniques to excel in these challenging times – to become unstoppable.

Gonzalez competed in four Winter Olympics in four different decades. At the Vancouver Olympics at the age of 47, he was the oldest luge competitor. Because of his powerfully inspiring story, Gonzalez was selected to carry the Olympic Torch at the Salt Lake City Olympics. He co-stars in the movie “Pass It On” where he  shared his insights on what it really takes to succeed at work and in life.

Gonzalez is the associate producer for the Napoleon Hill Foundation’s movie about perseverance, Three Feet from Gold. He did the Spanish voice-over for the audio version of Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.

He’s a frequent TV and radio guest. His column “High Achievement” appears in major publications around the world.  Gonzalez does not rest on his laurels. He constantly pushes the envelope by taking on adventures and challenges he can use to inspire his audiences to achieve more.

Gonzalez delivers over 90 presentations a year to organizations and corporations around the globe about commitment to excellence, overcoming challenges, and taking bold action to create lifelong success. He will inspire and equip your people to achieve more than ever before.

Ruben Gonzalez will help your people:

1 – Think Bigger, Aim Higher

2 – Confidently Take Bold Action

3 – Sell More, Produce More, and WIN




How to Get To the Top and Stay There

Has your team made it to the top? Is your team struggling to make it to the top?
Better yet, have they made it to the top but have trouble staying there?
Finally, your people can learn about long-term success from someone who’s actually lived it.

Becoming Unstoppable

Ruben Gonzalez’s most requested keynote

In this funny, inspirational, high-energy message, your audience will learn how to build confidence and destroy their fears.  They will learn how to unleash their passion, unlock their full potential, turn defeat into victory, and  achieve their personal or professional goals. This is an ideal presentation for your opening or closing session.  Using concepts from his best-selling books The Courage to Succeed and Becoming Unstoppable, Ruben uses  his personal Olympic stories to illustrate the success principles he followed to  become a four-time Olympian.  Principles that will help your people reach their goals faster than ever before.

From Ordinary to Extraordinary

 Ruben is proof that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things if they follow a few simple steps. Ruben is funny, direct and on target. He’s on a mission to inspire and equip people to think differently, to take immediate action, and to produce better results. To achieve more than ever before.

Through his riveting stories and keen insights Ruben brings the Olympics to life. He will give your audience an Olympic experience they will never forget. A transforming, powerfully emotional experience. Truly an event. Ruben’s story of his quest for the Olympics gives people hope and strength. His story moves people to commitment and action. After experiencing Ruben’s program, your people will know exactly what it takes to succeed in life. They will be inspired and equipped to take whatever they do to the next level.

 Get Started and Don’t Quit

 “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”

Improvement requires change. And it requires pushing harder than you’ve ever pushed before. Most people let fear of failure and fear of the unknown hold them back from even starting anything new. They don’t realize that fear is a smokescreen. Then if they get started, most people quit as soon as they face any opposition. They don’t give themselves time to learn the skills they will need to succeed.

In order to succeed in anything you need two types of courage. The courage to get started and the courage to endure – to not quit.

The courage to get started comes from believing the goal is possible. The courage to not quit comes from your desire. If you want something badly enough nothing will make you quit.

Olympic coaches and top motivators and leaders understand that in order to help people achieve more, you have to help people believe it’s possible and constantly fuel people’s desire to reach the goal. By doing this, they help their people take bold risks – and win.

By boldly taking action and leaving behind what feels safe, massive change can occur – life-changing change. When Ruben decided to pursue his Olympic dream he did exactly that. He abandoned the safe easy path and he embraced the bold, difficult path.

After listening to Ruben’s presentation your people will be ready to embrace change and focus on the end result. They’ll find the courage, determination, fortitude and resolve to do what it really takes to win.

Other Topics

Self-Belief – You will never attempt to accomplish more in life until you believe that something inside of you is bigger than your circumstances. The way to increase your self-belief is through the people you associate with and the books you read.

Courage – Courage separates the winners from the losers. Every success you’ve had up to now or will ever have is the product of your courage to act and your courage to endure. Action is the proof of your courage.

Challenges – Consistently facing your challenges will make you great. Goliath is the best thing that ever happened to David. If you want to marry the princess, you have to slay the dragon!

Perseverance – As long as you don’t quit, you’ve still got a chance. If you absolutely refuse to quit, you have a 95% chance of reaching your goals. That knowledge gives you the power to boldly pursue your dreams.

Goal Setting – Your dream defines your success. The world will step aside for the person who knows where they are going. Your goals help you realize your dream.  When you boldly commit to achieving your goal, the universe conspires to help make it a reality.

Seeing Yourself Succeed – How to program yourself to become a “guided-missile” that cannot miss its objective.

Self-Talk – What you say to yourself influences what you think. What you think determines what you do. What you do consistently becomes your habits. Your habits determine your results. If you are not happy with your results, changing your actions will not help because you’ll ALWAYS revert to your old habits. You need to change your self-talk in order to replace your ineffective habits.

The best part is that you will learn and laugh out loud at the same time!


“Ruben joined our top 100 sales people for our annual sales celebration event and held them in rapt attention for 60 minutes plus another 20 minutes for questions and answers. He was the best presenter we have had for one of these events. Ruben is very effective. He is articulate, inspirational, and believable. He appears to be an ordinary guy, but he is far from it. He is an ordinary guy who has an irrepressible will to accomplish the extraordinary. His story is inspirational in that it causes us all to realize that we are all capable of accomplishments beyond what we might think. Our group found Ruben’s story applicable to their professional as well as personal lives.” Richard Bennion, Executive Vice President – HomeStreet Bank

“Ruben did a phenomenal job of bringing a message of hope to our associates.” David Erland – New York Life

“Genuine. Impactful. A True Story-teller. Ruben energized our audience with a story of perseverance, endurance and tenacity like no other. He captured our message and took our team to a higher level.” Lynn Franzluebbers Bluestem Marketing

“The first comment I heard after Ruben’s presentation was, ‘What a way to start a convention!’ And, I totally agreed. Ruben made our Annual Convention a success. His message is applicable to any industry, career, field or business. Ruben’s delivery and life examples truly inspired our attendees. He brought out the Olympic spirit in everyone, including myself.” Michael Lynn – CEO, National Independent Auto Dealers Assn.

“Ruben speaks from both his head and his heart, and inspires ordinary people, convincing them they can do extraordinary things. Ruben is persuasive, enthusiastic and very real. Invite him to speak to your group and you will be glad you did.” Zig Ziglar – Motivational Speaker and Teacher and author of See You at the Top

“If you will read The Courage to Succeed or listen to Ruben speak, your life will change for the positive!” Lou Holtz – Motivational Speaker, Legendary Notre Dame Coach and author of Winning Every Day

“Ruben hits you with the absolute truth about what it takes to succeed in the real world.” Jim Rohn – America’s Foremost Business Philosopher and Tony Robbin’s Mentor

“Ruben inspires me just by being around him. He’s a self-made Olympian and only his great desire to succeed in life allowed him to accomplish what he has.” Matt Musil – CBS Sports Anchor

“As Executive Director, it’s rare, to have audience members seek me out after a program in order to “thank me” for a speakers presentation. As a meeting planner, Ruben made ME look like a hero! Ruben will take you to the Olympics and your audience will go home Olympians!” Joe McCullough – Texas Association for Alternative Education

“Ruben WOWED our audience of 6500 at a major Million Dollar Round Table event. Attendees told us his presentation inspired them to pursue their goals with determination and dedication. Ruben has one of the most compelling and on point messages I’ve ever heard. Ruben is an outstanding, accomplished and inspiring speaker.” Guy Baker – 37 Year member of the Million Dollar Round Table. 2010 President of MDRT.

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