Ruben’s Reading List

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Leaders are Readers

“The books you read and the people you associate with
will determine where you are in five years.”

Becoming an expert in any subject is a byproduct of years of study fueled by a passionate desire to learn everything about the subject.

I have always been driven to learn anything that could possibly give me an edge in sports and in business. The average American reads one book a year. It only takes reading a book a month to be in the top 5% of readers in the US. Every year since 1984, I have read at least a book a week. Most of the time I’m working on four or five books at a time.

On top of that, since 1984, I have listened to over 1000 audio programs on peak-performance and self improvement. I have attended over 100 seminars in the last ten years.

 

The following are some of my favorite books:

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Public Speaking Tips from Ruben

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How To Take Your Public Speaking to the Next Level

(2006 Interview with Johnny Blue Star)

 

Ruben Gonzalez brings a unique experience to public speaking. As a three time Olympian in the field of luge racing, a sledding event where the contestant lies supine on a sled and hurtles, feet first, down an ice track at 90 miles. Unlike other Olympians in this area, Ruben started when he was twenty-one, an age where few would dare to enter into an Olympian version of any sport.

In this interview, Ruben brings his own unique approach to public speaking- from creating a carefully structured and intimately understood version of a basic speech, to preparing for an actual performance, from the details of handling an audience to dealing with ones own fears and goals.

Even more helpful, Ruben addresses your over-all training for the formidable task of inspiring and informing strangers about your own specialized message. His website, www.FourTimeOlympian.com , supports and amplifies his credentials for bringing to this book and validating a number of our important keys to unlocking the secrets of public speaking.

Read the interview below…

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Professional Speaking Resources and Tips

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So… You Want to Become a Professional Speaker?

Almost every week someone asks me to help them out getting started in the speaking business. I’ve created this post to direct you to some great resources to help you get started. Read on only if you’re serious about becoming a speaker…

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LSU Tiger Dreams

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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 AuthorHouse.com 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 www.GumboForTheTigerSoul.com

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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

www.FourTimeOlympian.com

 

Commit and Unforeseen Forces will Come to Your Aid

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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

www.FourTimeOlympian.com