About Zone 14
Zone14™ is a global learning community supporting people to claim their selfhood and grow whole as they create a significant impact in society.
Its members have the courage to author their own lives, show up to their commitments, value living in integrity, care deeply about human beings and human connection, are generous and open to learning even in diverse settings, welcome humor, and playfulness, have a long-term perspective and are process oriented, are committed to collaborating in caring ways, are willing to take risks to live a life that matters to them, have the integrity to speak into truth, and get inspired to impact the well-being of our planet.
If you resonate with these qualities and intentions, you are welcome to join Zone14.
As we learn to persevere through adversity, we learn to live as a possibility that has the potential to evolve rather than as a problem that needs to be fixed.
I stand for the possibility each human being holds, including my own. Instinctively, I have stood for this throughout my life.
When I was first learning to go for what matters to me, I used to rush, thinking that it was a race. With experience, I realized that the more I rushed, the more difficult it would become.
So I learned to value showing up at my own pace and being present in reality. This has allowed me to accept and have clarity of the lessons I need to learn in order to move closer to what’s important to me.
In essence, it has allowed me to grow in gratitude, humility, and integrity with myself, others and life itself.
So I stand for being real. This means being transparent and straight forward as I know this is both helpful to me and others.
Unfortunately, in our world, it has become common to think of status as the gold standard of success. So it has driven us to adopt a pattern that for the most part does not reinforce being original, honoring our unique gifts.
My view is that the pattern of seeking status to determine our level of success has produced more harm than good. It is the origin of the deepest conflicts we are experiencing as humanity.
We must learn to recognize our unique gifts, honor them in community and reflect them in our actions toward the wholeness of our planet.
I am inspired by YOU, by the possibility that YOU ARE and want to honor YOU as well as all those human beings before us who went for it, stood for truth, lived their lives being real and had the courage to dedicate their lives to inspire others to live the lives that most matter to them (e.g., Maya Angelou, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Mohamed Ali, Rumi, Moses, Jesus, unknown protester in Tiananmen Square, Rosa Parks, Steve Jobs, and of course the many we never hear about).
You are only going to be here for a short while. Don't waste your precious life by speaking someone else's words and engaging in actions that have little or no meaning to you.
Please see more of my story below.
Dr. Ruben Perczek Biography
Soon after Dr. Ruben’s birth, his father suffered a stroke which left him paralyzed, speech deprived, and emotionally labile.
In the practice of hitting a tennis ball against a wall, Dr. Ruben found a way to cope with the turmoil that was concealed within his home’s walls.
In his early teens, Dr. Ruben became a top ranked junior tennis player in the International Tennis Federation.
Before his sixteenth birthday, Dr. Ruben moved on his own from Colombia to California to pursue the path toward professional tennis. The fact that he didn’t know English and knew no one in the US didn’t stop him from pursuing his life’s path.
Pro Athlete & Theater Producer
In his first year at the University of California at Irvine, his team reached a top ten ranking in Div. I Tennis. As soon as he realized however that his best friend Alvaro Jordan was turning pro, his interest in college changed. His college career came to a halt when he turned pro after his junior year. Soon after turning pro, his dream of playing Davis Cup for Colombia with Alvaro came true.
At age 21, after only 18 months of playing the pro circuit, his drive and determination for pro tennis shriveled up, largely due to lacking family emotional support for a sports career as well as lacking the funds to build the foundation of a world-class team.
Up to that point, Dr. Ruben’s whole identity was as a tennis player. Now that he didn’t have the game of tennis to determine who he was, he began digging deeper and discovered his love for the arts. It was then that he founded a theatre production company with two other known artists in the industry. One of their productions in Los Angeles was One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with some of the original Broadway cast.
While re-building his identity through the process of character development in theatre, Dr. Ruben discovered that with enough repetition, the human mind is susceptible to believing any story we tell it. In other words, the human mind is unable to distinguish between the reality we see out there in the world and the reality we see in our imagination.
That realization was so inspiring to him that he decided to deeply study the nature of the human experience from both the physical and mental perspectives.
He spent the following 10 years rigorously investigating human identity through the lens of the mind-body connection and collaborative approaches to the greater good of society.
Dr. Ruben went on to earn two bachelor degrees, one in Political Science and the other in Psychology. In his undergraduate work he was deeply influenced by Thomas Parham, Vice Chancellor at UC Irvine and past president of the National Association of Black Psychologists and by world-renowned Cognitive Scientist and author Don Hoffman.
Dr. Ruben went on to earn his masters and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami, his internship at the Palo Alto Veterans Health Care Administration and his post-doctoral fellowship from Stanford University School of Medicine.
In the early part of the 2,000’s, Dr. Ruben served as an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Medicine, a clinician through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and a community facilitator of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practices. His private clinical practice gave him the opportunity to work with business and public leaders.
In 2002, he founded his own coaching and consulting firm, focused on guiding the development of high performing leaders and leadership cultures in small to medium organizations.
His work was carried out worldwide with special focus in the Americas and Europe. One of his initial clients was Ricoh Latin America, who hired him to help them create greater alignment and collaboration across 11 countries.
Between 2004 and 2007, Dr. Ruben partnered with Oxford Leadership Academy, growing his and their competence for aligning business with culture strategy for the private and public sectors.
His has been featured as an international conference speaker since 2004.
From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Ruben expanded his leadership consulting and coaching to the niche that shaped him in his early years, elite sports.
His work as a high-performance leadership advisor includes consulting as the High-Performance Director for the University of Miami Department of Athletics, where he directed and oversaw the development of more than 300 elite athletes, 16 teams and their respective coaching staffs.
His service as a strategic high-performance advisor has led Dr. Ruben to guide and coach senior leaders in organizations, like adidas Latin America and North America, supporting the Latin American senior team to establish a coaching culture across the top three leadership levels of the company.
Rooted in his mission to support others to 'go for it' and dedicate their lives to what most matters to them, The Zone 14™ Community vision was born in 2015.
His lifelong passion for discovering the conditions that help people flourish has led him to recognize that when we learn to stop and look in the right direction, we become able to tap the potential that is unique to each of us. In contrast, when we become obsessed with winning at all cost, our spirit tends to shrivel and die off.
Through Zone14™, Dr. Ruben is dedicating his life’s work to support high achievers live their unique extraordinary lives and in the process inspire others to do the same. He is 'doing it' in service of growing commitment and collaboration toward wholeness in our planet.