Robert Ringer Archives


One from the Heart

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (11)

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I recently received an inspiring e-mail from a young acquaintance of mine, Jay.  I had not seen Jay for more than thirty years, and really only came to know him when he contacted me to inform me that his father, Jack, had passed away.  Jack was a genuinely good human being, so I was saddened […]

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Choice, Desire, and Self-discipline 

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (13)

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The other day I was talking to a woman who, in a dispirited voice, told me that she was stressed to the point of not being able to focus on her work.  I told her that, when all is said and done, stress is just a state of mind brought on by an external event. […]

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Can Man Intervene in Predestined Events?

Posted on June 7, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (45)

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A twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur awakens before dawn to meet the challenge of a new day. Across town, a house painter goes through much the same ritual. The two men do not know each other, but, without realizing it, they will soon meet. The young man heading east in a late-model Datsun and the painter traveling south […]

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The Individual versus the State

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (51)

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My last article, “Shame on Walmart,” evoked a spirited and healthy debate among readers.  In the broadest sense, the debate boiled down to free-market capitalism versus government intervention.  I say broadest sense, because many readers stated, either directly or indirectly, that the government should only intervene “a little” when it comes to regulating business and […]

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Shame on Walmart

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (87)

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Forget that Walmart employs 1.4 million people in the U.S. alone.  Forget that it saves consumers billions of dollars each year on retail purchases.  Forget that its employees, on average, earn about double the minimum wage.  The raw-meat crowd is salivating.  Bring out the class-warfare script. The word from some disgruntled employees is that Walmart […]

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Dealing with Loathsome People

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)

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I was talking to a friend (“Bill”) a few weeks ago, and in the course of our conversation he happened to mention something about the business troubles Dexter Windbag (pseudonym) had encountered in recent years.  I had no idea the guy was still alive, and had no interest in hearing about his troubles. Nevertheless, my […]

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The Return of the Trees

Posted on May 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)

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Finally, the trees are back — my trees. The trees have once again shut off the outside world from my veranda. Almost makes me feel like a modern-day Thoreau, except he couldn’t see a golf course in the distance. The global cooling of winter seems to have treated my trees well, and they appear anxious […]

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Success Loves Speed

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)

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I’ve written a lot about the importance of acting sooner rather than later and not taking an inordinate amount of time to plan every small detail in advance.  Nothing says this more succinctly than the old aphorism:  Money loves speed. When I mentioned this in a recent seminar, one of the attendees asked me if […]

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When Not to Save Money

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (7)

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A few days ago, while reading an article in Time about how to lower stress, I was reminded of the words ofwisdom that a very successful friend of mine once shared with me.  He explained that in the past, when things got tough in one of his businesses, he focused on slashing overhead to the […]

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Handling Change

Posted on May 13, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (14)

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If you’re a mature adult, you already know that to accomplish anything worthwhile in life takes effort.  Nevertheless, millions of people seem incapable of grasping this self-evident truth.  It’s as though they’ve never heard of Murphy’s Law: Nothing is as easy as it looks, Everything takes longer than you expect, And if anything can go […]

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