LSU Tiger Dreams

Gumbo cover

by Ces Guerra, author of “Gumbo for the Tiger Soul”

When we make a decision to pursue our dreams, we all experience the inevitable challenges, setbacks, hurdles and obstacles that are bound to get in the way. After all, if the dream was so easy, it wouldn’t be such a lofty dream. Gumbo for the Tiger Soul is a story that resulted from me chasing my dream to share the Tiger Fan experience. I’ve been thinking about putting it down on paper for over three years now, and decided to produce the book late last year.

Were there obstacles? You bet! Were there challenges? Absolutely! Did the notion of just giving up cross my mind? Yes! Deep down I knew that if I just continued to follow the plan, to follow the path I had envisioned, the book would come to be! So, when my hard drive crashed, I found a way to continue. (Thank goodness I saved everything on DropBox earlier that week!) When I was hit with an episode of kidney stones, I took that setback and just kept on pushing. When people did not respond to my vision, I just kept on going, and going and going!

The result is a colorful story of friendships, family, food and fun! The LSU Tiger fan experience as we have come to love is more than just about a football game. As you read through the chapters and understand that the memories are often not about the game itself, you’ll get the drift. And, when you hit the end of each chapter and find a tasty Cajun recipe to try, you’re soul and your stomach will be fulfilled! You can order your copy of GFTS through or ask your local bookstore to order it.

For more information on speaking events and book signings go to the Facebook page at Gumbo for the Tiger Soul or the website



Ces and his lovely bride Laura at an LSU game.


Note from Ruben:

Ces and Laura climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with me a few years ago. They are both a blast to be around. Always encouraging, happy and fun. Just the kind of people you want in your “DreamTeam.”



Olympian Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez


Commit and Unforeseen Forces will Come to Your Aid


In his book, “The Scottish Himalayan Expedition,” 1951, mountaineer W. H. Murray talks about how things started to fall into place once they boldly committed to their effort. I have experienced the same thing whenever I’ve “burned the bridges” and boldly committed to a dream or goal.


Until one is committed

There is hesitancy, the chance to draw back,

Always ineffectiveness.

Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation),

There is an elementary truth,

The ignorance of which kills countless ideas

And splendid plans;

That the moment one definitely commits oneself,

Then Providence moves too.

All Sorts of things occur to help one

That would never otherwise have occurred.

A whole stream of events issues from the decision,

Raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen

Incidents and meetings and material assistance,

Which no man could have dreamt

Would have come his way.

I have learned a deep respect

For one of Goethe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”

- W. H. Murray


Olympian Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

Bill Cosby’s Wisdom at 83


I have always liked Bill Cosby’s humor and now I also like his courage in speaking out for his principles.

Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
And life isn’t fair, but it’s good!

I’m 83.  Except for brief period in the 50s when I was doing my National Service, I’ve worked hard since I was 17.  Except for some serious health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and didn’t call in sick in nearly 40 years.

I made a reasonable salary, but I didn’t inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am.  Given the economy, it looks as though retirement was a bad idea, and I’m tired.  Very tired.

I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth” to people who don’t have my work ethic.  I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

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Proactive or Reactive?

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 7.06.52 AMEnd of last run at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics 

The thought processes that help you get to the Olympics are the same thought processes that will help you succeed in business and in life.

Successful people in all walks of life think big, focus on the possibilities, and take consistent bold action towards their objectives.

When I decided to come out of a six year break to try to qualify for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at the age of 47, most people I talked to were sharply divided into two camps.

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Why Being Wealthy is Better than Being Rich


by Robert Kiyosaki, Bestselling Author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and “The Cash Flow Quadrant”

When I was a young boy, my rich dad told me about the difference between the rich and the wealthy.

“Many people think that being rich and being wealthy are the same thing,” said rich dad. “But there is a difference between the two: The rich have lots of money but the wealthy don’t worry about money.”

What rich dad meant was that while the rich might have lots of money, they also might have lots of expenses that keep them up at night. Or they might have a high paying job but have to get up to work everyday and have fear of getting fired or laid off.

The wealthy, on the other hand, don’t have these worries. Why? What’s the difference?

The definition of wealth

The definition of wealth is the number of days you can survive without physically working (or anyone in your household physically working) and still maintain your standard of living.

For example, if your monthly expenses are $5,000 and you have $20,000 in savings, your wealth is approximately four months or 120 days.

Wealth is measured in time, not dollars.

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