Robert Ringer Archives


The Adventures of Surfer-Dude

Posted on March 25, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)

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So many wannabes manage to grab their fifteen minutes of fame, only to quickly (and mercifully) disappear from the public eye.  But not so with San Diego Surfer-Dude (real name Jason Greenslate) who, thanks to the desperate-for-content news media, seems determined to stay in the public eye for as long as the welfare state is […]

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Can Niceness and Firmness Coexist?

Posted on March 20, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (14)

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Tony Dungy has always fascinated me, so I’m looking forward to reading his new book, Uncommon Marriage: Learning about Lasting Love and Overcoming Life’s Obstacles.  As you are probably aware, Dungy gained national attention when he became the first African-American coach to win a Super Bowl — in 2007, with the Indianapolis Colts. Rarely does […]

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Turning Fantasy into Reality

Posted on March 18, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (11)

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If there’s one thing I wish I had done more of in my life, it’s watch good movies.  Not just any movies, but good movies.  Unfortunately, that eliminates the vast majority of junk films made over the past twenty-five or so years.  It doesn’t impress me to hear a bunch of hip young actors spewing […]

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Happy Birthday, Robby

Posted on March 14, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (52)

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The day Robert J. Ringer, Jr. was born was one of those handful of joyous times that stay with you all your life. Millions of men would like to have a son, but, for one reason or another, it didn’t happen for them. That’s why I consider myself to be extraordinarily blessed, because I ended […]

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Let the Good Times Roll

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (15)

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Some years ago, a guy by the name of Stephen Wilkinson thought he had won a $102,000 jackpot on a twenty-five-cent Wheel of Fortune at a Philadelphia Park Casino slot machine.  “Not so fast, Stevo baby,” said the casino’s management, who insisted it was all a big mistake — a “communication error.” The casino explained […]

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Left to Wonder

Posted on March 6, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)

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When I was a teenager, one of my good friends was Gary Nathan.  Gary was one of those kids who was the target of the school’s taunters and teasers.  Even nice guys threw barbs at him, but he took it all in a good-natured way. I probably teased Gary myself on occasion … I honestly […]

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Mankind – The Failed Experiment

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (49)

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As havoc reigns throughout the world — in the Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, North Korea, and, above all, the United States of Wi-Fi (though chaos in the U.S. is still pretty much camouflaged by the addictive and hypnotic powers of mobile devices) — I am reminded of one of those ancient-astronaut books I read many years […]

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Your Hidden Genius

Posted on February 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)

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I’ve had an emotional attachment to Sylvester Stallone and his Rocky films since 1977.  It all began when one of my secretaries told me she had seen a movie over the weekend that was a “must see” for me.  She went on to say that Sylvester Stallone’s success with his first Rocky film closely paralleled […]

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More on the Dunning-Kruger Effect

Posted on February 25, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (25)

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After my article on the Dunning-Kruger effect, a couple of readers asked me to describe a specific example of an incompetent, overconfident person I’ve had to deal with in the past.  The best example I can think of is one that I wrote about in my book Action! Nothing Happens Until Something Moves. In an […]

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Blissful Incompetence

Posted on February 20, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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Have you ever been exasperated by the incompetence of others?  Worse, have you ever been amazed by the overconfidence of someone who has repeatedly demonstrated his ineptitude?  If so, you’re not alone.  This phenomenon is rampant in the dumbed-down, feel-good 21st century Western world. Two Cornell University psychology professors, Justin Kruger and David Dunning, have […]

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