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Choice or Illusion?

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

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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)

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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 (330)

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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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Dealing with Human Nature

Posted on December 4, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

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It’s often been said that business would be easy if you didn’t have to deal with people. How true. But, realistically speaking, you can’t expect to achieve your goals without interacting with, and receiving the help and cooperation of, other people. If you start a business, you need to deal with employees, suppliers, customers, regulatory […]

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The Power of Nuance

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

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I’ve long believed that, to one extent or another, every person on earth is an enigma. This doesn’t mean that everyone is a hypocrite, but in one of more areas of their lives, human beings are contradictions. For example, I’ve known people (me, for instance) who are fanatically organized in most areas of their life […]

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Are you ready to take the leap?

Posted on November 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (16)

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Whether it’s a career decision or how to handle a one-off problem, listening to too many opinions can be financially fatal. Every industry has its Discouragement Fraternity — people who go to great lengths to try to convince you that you can’t make it in their field. Because of their own insecurity, they are prepared […]

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Unanswered Questions

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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Some time ago, I received an e-mail from subscriber John P. about a close call he had while driving when he was seventeen years old. Here’s part of what he had to say: There was no time to think, only to react. And there was no fear at all, until afterwards. It’s like I knew […]

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The American Association of Arrogance

Posted on November 13, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (26)

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If you’re like me, you probably find card-carrying members of the AAA (American Association of Arrogance) hard to stomach. But it’s still a good idea to learn, even from those you find repugnant. What can you learn from these self-anointed saints? Answer: plenty. For the sake of brevity, I’ll mention just three of the most […]

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Concentricity

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

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We are living through a period of human history when morality has become a passé topic. For that very reason, vigilance and self-discipline are in order, because morality is perhaps the most important element in leading a successful life. In that vein, the first step is to define your moral standards, because they serve as […]

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Reality versus Perception of Reality

Posted on October 31, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

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I have often heard it argued that reality is not an absolute, that each individual has his own perception of reality. The implication is that because each of us perceives the world through our own eyes, reality itself changes from person to person. While it’s true that everyone perceives reality differently, reality could care less […]

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