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Principle versus Popularity

Posted on January 17, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)


Today is Muhammad Ali’s seventy-third birthday, and it’s yet another reminder that it’s more important to be loyal to your principles than to be popular. Truth and popularity, in fact, are all too often at odds with one another. In comparing his own life to that of Socrates in his book The Consolations of Philosophy, […]

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Beware the Victimization Trap

Posted on January 13, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)


As every straight-thinking adult knows, a faulty belief system — i.e., a belief system based on false premises — leads to bad consequences. Perhaps the best example of this is a person who is caught up in the Victimization Trap. It’s a trap that mentally paralyzes the afflicted person, because he comes to believe the […]

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The Truth About Entrepreneurs

Posted on January 8, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (52)


As America’s experiment with socialism continues to crumble (notwithstanding the lies that are fed to us daily by the media), more and more people are coming to realize that entrepreneurship was the driving force behind America’s widespread prosperity — prosperity that few people could have imagined as recent as the mid-20th century. Entrepreneurship embodies the […]

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The Ultimate Challenge

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)


An acquaintance of mine recently told me how depressing he thought it was that so many famous people passed away in 2014 — Robin Williams … Joe Cocker … Tony Gwynn … James Garner … Mickey Rooney … Shirley Temple … Joan Rivers … to name but a few. No question about it, when someone […]

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How Busy Are You?

Posted on December 31, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (23)


Considering the headline of his fabled full-page ad, it’s no wonder the late and legendary Joe Karbo was able to sell millions of copies of his self-published little paperback book The Lazy Man’s Way to Riches. The headline I’m referring to is: MOST PEOPLE ARE TOO BUSY EARNING A LIVING TO MAKE ANY MONEY. What’s […]

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Self-perception Rules the Day

Posted on December 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)


My recent article titled “Reality versus Perception of Reality” got me thinking about just how important self-perception is when it comes to one’s survival. In fact, I am convinced that self-perception pretty much guides every aspect of a person’s life, which places a huge premium on his ability to accurately interpret reality. When it comes […]

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An End to the Age of Gluttony

Posted on December 20, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (25)


Gluttony is defined as “excessive eating and drinking.” But, metaphorically speaking, just about anything one does in excess is gluttonous. Gluttony should not be confused with greed, which is an “excessive” desire to acquire wealth or material things. Everyone is greedy. That’s what motivates people to produce better products and services for others. They know […]

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Choice or Illusion?

Posted on December 16, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)


Choice can be a very complicated subject. Are you or are you not a victim of your own choices? Do bad choices always lead to a person’s downfall? Do good choices always lead to success, even in the face of enormous obstacles? I generally agree that where we are at any given point in time is primarily […]

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Focusing on Self-interest

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (13)


The reason I have never bought a lottery ticket is that I don’t want to soil my belief system with fantasies of striking it rich through pure luck. Lotteries are perhaps the ultimate free-lunch delusion, which is why they are a favored method of taxation by governments throughout the world. Sooner or later, anyone who […]

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Seek a Game Worth Playing

Posted on December 9, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (296)


Happiness has been defined in myriad ways over the centuries by some of the world’s greatest thinkers. Aristotle described happiness as a condition rather than a destination. Ralph Waldo Emerson referred to it as a journey. But I believe Viktor Frankl got to the heart of the matter better than anyone when he explained that […]

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