You Were Created for Greatness

Ruben Gonzalez

Ruben Gonzalez

Incredible Olympic Story - Business Author - Award Winning Speaker

For the last 40 years, I have been a student of success. During that time I've read hundreds of biographies and manuscripts in search of the timeless principles of success. After studying the lives of the most successful people in history; people like Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, the Wright Brothers, Mother Theresa, Martin Luther King and countless others, I discovered a secret that changed my life. A secret so empowering, so powerful, that anyone who embraces it can use it to realize their fondest hopes and dreams. A secret that you can use today to create a better future.  

Are you ready to discover the secret? Well here it is... Great people were not born great. They became great by making a decision to pursue their dream in life and by refusing to give up. The struggle they faced on the road to their dreams is what made them great. The struggle forced them to dig down deep inside themselves. Only when they dug down deep inside, did they find their gifts.

That's exactly what I did. When I was 21 I was watching the Olympics on TV. I saw this little guy who must have weighed 105 lbs and been about 5 feet tall. This 18 year old kid won the Gold Medal in figure skating – Scott Hamilton. Seeing Scott Hamilton win the Gold gave me hope. I said to myself, "If that little guy can do it, so can I. I'll compete in the next Olympics… I just have to find a sport."

My strength wasn't athleticism. My strength was perseverance; in fact, my nickname in high school was bulldog. So I thought, "I have to find a sport so tough, a sport with so many broken bones, that there will be a lot of quitters. Only I won't quit. I'll get to the top by the attrition rate." I chose the luge.

I went to Lake Placid, NY to learn this sport. It was brutal. Imagine laying on a sled, hurtling down an icy track at over 90 MPH. The first two years I crashed 4 out of 5 times. But I kept at it and the third year I went from crashing 4 out of 5 to crashing only one out of a hundred. I figured it out. And by then there was a lot less competition.

The 4th year I was able to crack into the top 50 in the world and compete in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. I went on to compete in the 1992 Albetrville and 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics. At the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics I became the first person to compete in 4 Winter Olympics each in a different decade.

If someone like me can do that, then you can realize your dreams as well.

You have God-given greatness within you. Your greatness will be revealed as you pursue your dream. And you will accomplish extraordinary things if you consistently and persistently follow the principles of success laid out in my posts. These are the same principles I learned from studying the greatest people in history.

You can learn to unlock your special powers to attract whatever you want in your life. It's just a skill. Give yourself a chance to learn the fundamental skills that lead to success, and you will hold the power to create your own future. 


Put It into Action:
Learn the principles of success and use them to propel yourself or your organization to victory.


Ruben Gonzalez is a four-time Olympian, a bestselling business author and an award-winning keynote speaker. 
For information on how to bring him to your next event, visit

Staying Positive by Focusing on the Possibilities
Whether I'm speaking for 25 people in a boardroom or 10,000 people in an arena, I finish my speeches by saying, "What are the chances that someonelike me was going to make it to the Olympics?I wasn't a great athlete, I didn't get started untilI was 21 years old, and to top it off I live in hot andhumid Houston and I chose to compete in the lugef...
Read More
What's Holding You Back?
Whether your dream is to lose weight, or to buy your dream home, or to double your income, or to learn the ins and outs of soccer so you cancoach your daughter's soccer team, you willfind that there are things that hold you back. Ninety five percent of people, look at theirobstacles and all they see is a reason whythey can't make their dream a ...
Read More
Feedback, The Breakfast of Champions
Here is a simple thing you can start doing right now to help you improve your relationships, your results at work, the quality of your products, and anything else in your life. Something that doesn't take much time, but saves you huge amounts of time. That something is asking for feedback from qualified people. At the end of each luge run, ...
Read More
The Power of Being Flexible
We live in times of constant and rapid change. Because of this, one of the most important qualities you can develop to succeed in the 21st century is the quality of flexibility. Flexibility means approaching life's circumstances with an open mind ever ready to make course changes. The opposite of flexibility is rigidity andhard-headedness. Th...
Read More
Developing Your Vision to Succeed
All great leaders have two main qualities: gutsand vision. Today we'll focus on vision. You become what you think about all the time.Leaders think about the future most of the time.They think about where they are going and aboutwhat they can do to get there. Non-leaders focus on the present, on the past,and on their obstacles. When you start ...
Read More
It takes a special person to be a leader.
Leadership, whether in a family, in a little league team, or in an organization, requires the same factors. First of all, you have to have the mindset that you want to help people reach their full potential. The leader constantly teaches the people in his team how they can become more successful by contributing to the team's common goals. T...
Read More
Decide You Were Created for Greatness
Great people were not born great. Theybecame great by making a decision topursue their dream in life and by refusingto give up. The struggle we must all face on the road to our dreams is what makesus great. Ordinary people can become extraordinary if they consistently andpersistently follow the principles of success. Step one to success is real...
Read More
Mental Toughness and Success: Measuring Your Progress
As you set goals and beginworking towards them, it is critical that youestablish benchmarks you can use to evaluateyour progress. The more specific your measuresare, the faster you'll reach your goals becauseyou'll reduce wasted time. Going back to the example of the pilot flyingcross country to New York, the more frequentlyhe checked his true ...
Read More
Your Focus Determines Your Results
I started luging in 1984. But, for 24 years,I didn't even like the sport. I forced myselfto slide because the luge was my ticket tothe Olympics. The Olympic dream is whatkept me going, and the dream was always in focus. Whenever I was at the start tower preparing toslide, my heart hammered in my chest, mymouth became starched and dry, and my ha...
Read More
How to Have The Courage to Succeed
No matter what your dream is, whether it's to bethe best Dad or the best Mom, the best husbandor the best wife, the best employee or the bestboss, the best salesperson or the best student youcan be, to make it a reality, you will have to havethe courage to act in spite of your fears.High achievement requires courage, self-confidence,boldness, an...
Read More