Robert Ringer Archives


The Travails of the Status Seeker

Posted on February 6, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)

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I recently ran into a casual acquaintance, Peter, in the lobby of a hotel where I was staying.  I hadn’t seen Peter in many years and almost didn’t recognize him. After shaking hands, I asked him what he’d been up to all these years, and his response reminded me of something the great Tom Wolfe […]

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Who’s the Biggest Pinhead of All?

Posted on February 4, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)

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After Bill O’Reilly’s childish bloviating for a week about his upcoming interview with Barack Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, guaranteeing viewers that he was going to ask questions that were different from any Obama has ever before heard and that the questions would be cast in such a way as to leave no wiggle room […]

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The Hippie Within Us

Posted on January 28, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)

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From time to time through the years, I’ve been known to say, to the surprise — and sometimes anger — of those around me:  “I often think that, deep down inside, I have a little touch of hippie in me.”  Try saying that at a social gathering of high-brows decked out in their finest threads […]

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Doing It Your Way

Posted on January 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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Some years ago, I had a long talk with my good friend John Pugsley, whom I believe was one of the most clear-headed thinkers of our time.  One of the things John and I discussed at some length is a subject that is front and center in the minds of most entrepreneurs and businesspeople today: […]

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Free to Choose

Posted on January 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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One of the things that fascinates me about life is my mental state when I wake up every morning.  Some mornings, I feel as though I need a head massage to get my brain cells going.  Other mornings, I feel a heightened state of awareness that tells me it’s going to be a great day. […]

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Making Ripples

Posted on January 22, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (46)

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A while back, I received an interesting e-mail from a subscriber that read: “I am unsubscribing.  I really enjoyed reading your letters, until you decided to bring your politics into it.  I’m sorry, but I’m with the 70 percent of the country that disagrees with you.  You are a very smart man and a gifted […]

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Welcome to My Play of Life

Posted on January 21, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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Have you ever entertained the thought that you are the only person on earth and that everyone else — family, friends, business associates, and total strangers — are but actors in your play of life?  Perhaps I’m just weird, but this thought first struck me when I was about six or seven years old. Taking […]

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Letting Go of Your Pacifier

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)

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Advice:  Don’t live a life of exclamation points!  By that I mean a life where you are constantly pressing against everyone and everything around you.  People shy away from high pressure, which is why exclamation-point people tend to be crowd busters. As with so many things in life, I suspect that most people who are […]

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The Indians Are Coming!

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (39)

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What’s this world coming to?  The Mexicans are attacking us from the south, and now the Indians are attacking us from … well, from halfway around the world — in their own country!  Allow me to explain. The Mexicans have to come here if we want them to pick our grapes and mow our lawns […]

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The NFL and the Decline of Rome

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)

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When the news broke that three of the National Football League wildcard playoff games last weekend did not sell out, it got me thinking about, of all things, the connection between the NFL and the decline of the Roman Empire.  The NFL is to the United States what the gladiatorial contests were to Rome, sans […]

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