Do Something Courageous Every Day

You are worthy of your dream. You have all the gifts needed and you have the capacity to develop the skills needed to realize your dream. But it won’t fall on your lap. You will have to chase it relentlessly and you will have to do things outside your comfort zone to reach it.

Get in the habit of doing one courageous thing each day. One thing outside your comfort zone each day. It only takes 30 seconds of courage to do something courageous. And every time you do, you become mentally stronger, bolder, and more capable of achieving great things.

Don’t focus on the results. Just focus on the action. Sometimes your acts of courage will not result in anything, but when they do, they are usually home runs.

Think of your acts of courage as being at bat in a baseball game and swinging hard and fast for the home run. Babe Ruth struck out a lot but he also hit a lot of home runs.

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Getting Up When Life Knocks You Down

Lasse Viren – 10,000 meters 1972 Munich Olympics

The 10,000 meter final of the 1972 Munich Olympics showcased one of the greatest running performances in Olympic history.

Everyone thought the battle would be between Dave Bedford of Great Britain and Emiels Puttemans of Belgium. Both of them had broken the Olympic record in their qualifying heats.

At the halfway point, Bedford was in the lead. ottomans was in forth place followed by Lasse Viren, a 23 year old Finnish policeman. Suddenly, Viren tripped and fell.

“I don’t know what caused the accident,” said Viren. “My only thought was to get up as quickly as possible. I was lucky not to get trampled by the others.”

Viren lost more than 50 yards because of his fall – half a football field. However, he was able to catch up to the lead runners quickly. Amazingly, he took over the lead to win the Gold Medal.

Viren’s heroic victory brought honor to Finland, who had not won a Gold Medal in 36 years.

Lasse Viren

How about you?

What do you do when life knocks you down? Do you wallow in self pity or do you bounce up and get back into the fight. Winners get right back up so they don’t lose their momentum. Next time life knocks you down decide to be like Lasse Viren and astound the world.


Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez


Ruben’s Tips from a Recent Interview


Men’s Start Sigulda, Latvia

So Ruben… How does someone from hot and steamy Houston end up competing in the Winter Olympics in the luge?

When I was 21 I saw Scott Hamilton win the gold medal in figure skating at the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. Hamilton is only 5 foot 1. I said to myself, If that little guy can do it I can too. I’ll be in the next Olympics. I was always very perseverant. I chose the luge cause I thought, “Looks like a lot of broken bones. There must be a lot of quitters. I just won’t quit.” I wrote Sports Illustrated to find out where the luge track was. They said, Lake Placid, NY. I went to Lake Placid and took up the sport. It was brutal. First 2 years I was crashing 4 out of 5 times. I broke a bunch of bones but I kept coming back. By the 3rd year I was crashing 1 out of a hundred times. Then I started competing internationally and I was able to make the Olympic qualification standard – top 50 in the world. I got to compete in four Olympics – Calgary, Albertville, Salt Lake City and Vancouver.


So… what’s it feel like to hurl yourself down an icy mountain at 90 MPH? Is it scary?

Brutal. You’re on the edge the whole time. I was so scared, I “white-knuckled” it for 25 years. You hit 95 MPH on some tracks. Pull up to 6 G forces in the curves. I don’t recommend it.

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40 Minute Podcast by Ruben

Yesterday I was interviewed for a British podcast. I usually don’t do radio interviews anymore but I had a feeling this would be a fun one so I accepted it. You can listen to the 40 minute show here. Enjoy!


Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez