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Is Hal 9000 on the Way?

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)


Like most people over sixty, I have a love-hate relationship with computers. I guess I’m lucky to have been able to jump on the caboose of the computer train just in the nick of time, back in 1982. By just in the nick of time, I mean that I was still young enough to become […]

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It’s a Kardashian-Salmon World

Posted on July 24, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (25)


The “experts” seem to be in agreement on the cancer risk associated with eating farmed salmon. If you eat a thousand pounds of farmed salmon a week, you have a slightly higher risk of contracting cancer than a person who eats only salmon “caught in the wild.” I love salmon, but the word cancer always […]

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It’s a Stripe World

Posted on July 22, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

credit cards

When I entered the Internet marketing world back in 2001, I decided to use Bank of America for our credit-card processing, figuring it was a safe bet to go with the biggest player in the field. Result? There is no way to describe what Bank of America put us through. I wasn’t that involved in […]

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Napoleon Hill, W. Clement Stone, and Me

Posted on July 17, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (79)


It’s amazing how some books continue to sell forty, fifty, even a hundred years after they were first published. In the field of personal development, the champion in this regard is undoubtedly Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill. The book was first published in 1937 and has gone through many iterations since then. In […]

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Karma and Compound Interest

Posted on July 15, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (38)


  When asked what he believed to be the greatest discovery of the 20th century, Albert Einstein is said to have answered, “Compound interest.”  And wealthy people — you know, the ones who clip debt-instrument coupons as a pastime — would undoubtedly agree with him. Compound interest, however, can accrue on things other than money.  […]

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Dealing with Delusions

Posted on July 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (16)


Perception is a topic that has always fascinated me. When a person is revered, the reverence quickly disappears if something happens that changes the public’s perception of that individual. If, for example, the person on the receiving end of the adulation is exposed as a fraud or falls into disgrace, admiration soon turns to contempt. […]

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Attitude and Odds

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)


Billionaire J. Paul Getty was once asked to write a magazine article about how he became so rich, to which he responded, “Some people find oil. Others don’t.” Talk about playing into the hands of randomness advocates. I acknowledge that there’s a lot of luck involved in the way life turns out. But luck isn’t […]

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Playing Your Cards Close to the Vest

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (23)


As I watch the daily news, I am constantly reminded that an oversized ego can be the biggest obstacle to long-term success. Of course, everyone has an ego, so it’s pointless to delude yourself into believing that you’re an exception. It’s far better to acknowledge the existence of your ego and work on trying to […]

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Spending Your Time on Things That Matter

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)


I often use the phrase “the crux of the issue,” and when I do I’m referring to the point or points upon which success or failure rests. It’s important to resist the temptation to get sidetracked by peripheral issues that cannot yield a payoff no matter what their outcome. For example, I believe that the […]

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The Human Machine

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)


I often remind readers that abstract concepts such as universal principles, human nature, and philosophical insights are constants. Those of us who make a living by delving into these topics recognize (or should recognize) that we don’t invent anything. Our job is to try to make sense out of life and communicate our conclusions to […]

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