Robert Ringer Archives

Handling Change

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


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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A Tale of Two Winners

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (13)

curve in the road

“Leo,” the centimillionaire guest for one of our Mastermind Sessions, shared with members his strategy for handling big paydays.  He said that throughout his career, whenever he received a big chunk of income, the first thing he did was carve out an amount sufficient to cover the income taxes he would have to pay on […]

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Donald Sterling Is Not Your Problem

Posted on May 6, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (43)


Before I get started, let me say at the outset that I’m not defending Donald Sterling.  He doesn’t need me or anyone else to defend him, because he’s entitled to think and say whatever he wants to — anywhere, anytime, and certainly in his own home.  Whether he’s a saint or a sinner is irrelevant […]

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Allowing for Unforeseen Circumstances

Posted on May 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)

airport security

A thirty-year winning streak of not missing a flight came to an end for me last week at Dulles International Airport.  My flight was scheduled to depart at 8:25 a.m. and, as is customary for me, I planned to arrive at the airport about an hour-and-a-half prior to my flight time. My early arrival habit […]

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The Illusion of Misfortune

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)


People often misread an event or circumstance as an adversity or setback.  The problem is that we tend to judge events on the basis of their immediate impact, but, as life repeatedly teaches us, the long-term consequences of an action can be quite different from what we initially observe. The bad is superficial and obvious; […]

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Abstract Phenomena

Posted on April 24, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)


Autism-spectrum disorders are a result of damage to certain cells in the right hemisphere of the brain.  Among other things, such damage can cause difficulties in the processing of abstract thoughts and ideas.  Which in turn can make life very frustrating for the afflicted individual. Abstractions play such a major role in day-to-day life that […]

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The Magic Wand of Relativity

Posted on April 22, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (23)


The nonstop string of catastrophic events continues unabated — a sixteen-year-old student in Pittsburgh stabbing and slashing twenty fellow students and a security guard … a ferry boat sinking in South Korea, leaving 274 passengers and crew missing … a Mount Everest avalanche killing thirteen … Ukrainians under siege … and the usual number of […]

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Cosmic Consciousness

Posted on April 17, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)

Cosmic consciousness

Through the years, I’ve read a great deal about what is commonly referred to as a “heightened state of awareness.”  Each of us discovers his own path to this higher plane of consciousness, even if it’s only for a brief moment in time.  The path for me opened up in my early twenties in New […]

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The Power of Detachment

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)


Detachment is an incredibly powerful tool that I wish I had understood much earlier in life.  There are many things from which you can detach yourself, and one of the most important is the habit of judging people, actions, and circumstances as being right or wrong, good or bad.   When you are constantly classifying, […]

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Dealing with Randomness

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)


Recent catastrophic events — such as the mudslide in Washington state that has killed at least 33 people, another mass shooting at Fort Hood, and the disappearance of Malaysia flight 370 — leave mere mortals wondering how much of life is random. Random catastrophes have been occurring throughout recorded history — from a Florida man […]

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