Ruben Gonzalez Luge Champ: What The Winter Olympics Luge Record Holder Can Teach Us About Motivation

Ruben Gonzalez luge champRuben Gonzalez, Luge record holder, never won a medal in a Winter Olympics luge event…

So why is he a “luge record holder?”

Because he is the only competitor in the Winter Olympics luge event to have been in FOUR Winter Olympics.

Even more astonishing, each of those Winter Olympics was in a DIFFERENT DECADE!

Ruben Gonzalez’ luge record:

  • 1984 Winter Olympics, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
  • 1992 Winter Olympics, Albertville, France
  • 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City, USA
  • 2010 Winter Olympics, Vancouver, Canada

Today, Ruben is a motivational speaker who gives keynote speeches on motivation and success mentality. I first learnt about Ruben Gonzalez luge exploits when I watched a DVD of one of his speeches back in 2009. Ruben Gonzalez’ speech made a big impression on me. It helped to keep me going in pursuit of MY goal to build a successful online affiliate marketing business.

So I thought I would share some of Ruben’s insights with you today.

What Ruben Gonzalez’ Luge Experience Taught Him

Did you know that you are just six inches away from achieving great success in life?

Just six inches.

It’s not much is it?

It’s the approximate measure of the space that is between your ears.

In that narrow space you will find, if you care to look, all the potential you require to make your most ambitious dreams come true.

You only need to get the stuff inside that space properly organized – and “there is the rub”. Ninety percent of us spend ninety percent of the time inputting negative data.

No wonder the world is so screwed up! (Eek! I just caught myself “entering some negative data”!!)

Seriously, it is vital that we learn how to replace the negative stuff with positive input.

Here’s what by four-times Olympian, Ruben Gonzalez has to say about positive input:

“In life you don’t get what you want. You get what you are. The best way to improve yourself is to change what goes into your mind. We are a product of what goes into our minds. What you think determines what you do. What you do determines what you accomplish.”

Olympic Athletes like Ruben Gonzalez understand this.

They know that the thoughts they think will ultimately determine how well they perform. Each thought is like a computer ‘bit’, the smallest unit of information possible. Put them all together and those bits become beliefs.

The importance of beliefs cannot be overstated.

Roger Bannister And The Four Minute Mile

In April 1954, Roger Bannister did what nobody in the history of the world had ever done before. He broke the four-minute mile barrier!

Then, later the same month, several other people also ran a mile in less than four mintues!

Since then, over 20,000 people have broken the 4-minute “barrier”.

What happened?

Did the laws of the universe change?

No! BELIEF changed.

Suddenly, a number of athletes began to believe that ‘If Roger Bannister can do it, so can I.’

When Ruben Gonzalez was in the third grade he realized he wanted to be an Olympic Athlete. Then, when he was in college he was so inspired by Scott Hamilton’s performance in the Sarajevo games, that he made the “incredible” decision to train for the Olympics.

Ruben Gonzalez’s decision was, by most people’s estimation, “incredible.” He is the first to admit that he was only a second-eleven soccer player. Already, at the age of 21, he was considered “too old” to start a new sport and achieve Olympian levels of proficiency in it.

But, he did just that. Ruben took up the luge. Luging a notoriously foolhardy sport. For Ruben Gonzalez, luge training involved lying down on his back on a bit of plastic and shooting down a toboggan run at about 85 miles per hour.

To do that you either have to be nuts, or have a pretty wild dream!

So how did Ruben raise the self-belief necessary to achieve his dream?

The first thing he did was not physical but MENTAL – in the positive sense of that word – really!

Read Biographies Of Great People

Ruben began reading biographies of great people and discovered that great achievers were all motivated by a dream they were passionate about.

And they never gave up pursuing it.

Another thing Ruben did was to seek out people he respected. Associate with people who think big and you will start to think big too. Gaining the support of those whom you respect is a great way to boost your own self-belief.

Four years later, Ruben Gonzalez luge training took him to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. He went on to compete in the 1992 Albertville Olympics and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

Finally, in 2010 Ruben took part in the luge event at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. At the age of 47 he was one of the oldest Olympians. He also became the first person to compete in FOUR Winter Olympics, each in a different decade.

About his amazing accomplishment Ruben says,

“I’m not a big shot. I’m just a little shot that keeps on shooting. I’m proof that ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things if they will just put the right things into their minds.”

Read and be inspired by Ruben’s bestseller, The Courage To Succeed (available on Amazon).

Watch this terrific video. It is a good example of how Ruben Gonzalez’ luge exploits inspire thousands of people who attend his keynote speeches all over the world:

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