A Life-Changing Book

A fun, quick read packed with takeaways.


Every once in a while a book comes along with a message so simple―yet so profound―it literally changes people’s lives.

This captivating story will inspire and equip you to achieve your goals faster, become a better leader, and create a better life.

Johnny Valentine, a headstrong young manager, has three months to reach his work goals or else. His boss sends him to Cafe Olympia to see if he can find an answer.

Cafe Olympia is a place where high achievers gather to share their wisdom with their mentees. Johnny meets a series of mentors who teach him the shortcut to success – something every successful person does over and over again to reach higher levels of success.

If you want to be your best – The Shortcut is a roadmap that will show you
how to live with purpose and happiness as you achieve your goals.

The Shortcut is filled with dozens of life-changing insights. Don’t buy just one copy of this book – buy it for your children, your friends, and your co-workers. Thank you Ruben, for showing us how to make our dreams a reality!”

Mark Miller

VP of Leadership, Chick-fil-A, author of 'The Heart of Leadership'

Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez

“You’ll want to share The Shortcut with your friends, family and co-workers. This instant classic is truly a gift for anyone who wants to succeed in life.”

Jack Canfield
author of The Success Principles

“Magnificent story filled with wisdom. If you lead a company, be sure everyone on your team has a copy to read and study. If you’re a parent be sure your children do the same.”

Bob Burg
coauthor of The Go-Giver

“Captivating from start to finish, you don’t read this book, you live it. Anyone who’s in sales needs to read The Shortcut immediately. You’ll find yourself immersed in not just the story, but in the application.”

Mark Hunter
author of A Mind for Sales

“This powerful story is packed with insights that will help you create a better future. Everyone from CEOs to high school students will gain from reading this gem.”

Steven Pressfield
author of The War of Art

The Shortcut is an engaging story filled with timeless principles that will help you reach your full potential.”

Dave Ramsey
Bestselling Author
and Radio Host

“An inspiring story filled with success principles that will wake up the champion within you.”

Russell Brunson
Co-founder of ClickFunnels,
author of DotCom Secrets

“A riveting story that at times brought a tear to my eye and at others a smile. I’ll be handing out copies to the Wounded Warriors I coach. The Shortcut will surely improve their lives.”

David Kimes
2X Shooting World Champion,
Navy Wounded Warriors Shooting Coach

“You won’t be able to put down The Shortcut. It will speak to your heart, enlighten your thinking and inspire you to be the best you can be. You’ll want to get a copy for your family, friends and co-workers.”

Dr. Ivan Misner
Founder of BNI,
NY Times Bestselling Author

“I tell all of my fighters, invest in your dream and read this book. The Shortcut is a powerful parable that will not only inspire you to action but also gives practical steps for achieving at the highest levels. This book is a must read.”

Bruce Babashan
USA Boxing & Pro Boxing Trainer, Speaker

The Shortcut will keep you turning pages and learning critical business principles along the way! This fascinating story is poignant and relevant to the challenges so many leaders face in their lives and careers today. You won’t want to put it down!”

Dr. Marshall Goldsmith
author of The Earned Life and
What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

“A captivating business parable about accomplishing goals. Read The Shortcut and let Ruben’s story inspire you
to become the leader you want to be!”

Ken Blanchard
coauthor of The One Minute Manager

The Shortcut is a passionate call to action, challenging you to be the best that you can be. Ruben will inspire you
to pursue your dream, equip you to get through the struggle and encourage you on to victory.”

Rudy Ruettiger
inspiration for the movie, Rudy

“Great read filled with insightful nuggets to help everyone achieve their goals in life. Highly recommended reading for anyone who wants to be a high achiever!”

Mickey Addison
Colonel, US Air Force, author of
The Five Be’s: A Guide to Life

The Shortcut is a heartfelt parable about achieving your goals by surrounding yourself with an invincible team to unlock your potential, awaken your spirit, and challenge you. It’s a must read that will impact your life forever.”

Vince Papale
inspiration for the movie,

About the Author

Ruben Gonzalez is a four-time Olympian, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author and an award-winning keynote speaker.

At the age of 21, Ruben took up the sport of luge. Four years and a few broken bones later he was competing in the Calgary Olympics. At the age of 47 he was racing against 20-year-olds in the Vancouver Olympics, becoming the first person to ever compete in four Winter Olympics each in a different decade – 1988, 1992, 2002, 2010.

He’s spoken for hundreds of Fortune 500 companies about developing mental toughness, attitude, and the principles that lead to success in business and in life.

Watch the TED Talk that Inspired the Book

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The Next Step

Thank you for considering Ruben as the speaker for your event. To check Ruben’s availability, call 832-689-8282 or complete the form below. 

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