Robert Ringer Archives

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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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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The Most Irrational Fear

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (25)


A friend of mine recently told me that she cancelled a cross-country flight she had planned weeks in advance because of the Malaysia Airlines mystery.  She was afraid that the now famous flight 370 had been hijacked by terrorists and might be used as a weapon. Was her fear irrational?  Probably so, but let’s be […]

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One Cyber Brick at a Time

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)


At any given point in time, most people assume, at least subconsciously, that the world is static.  Big mistake.  Do you remember when it seemed as though … No one could possibly rival Sears … until Walmart came along? No one could possibly rival Waldenbooks … until Barnes & Noble came along? No one could […]

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Behind Closed Doors

Posted on March 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


There is much truth to the axiom “No one knows what goes on behind closed doors.”  Why do we assume that people in high positions lead charmed lives?  Lacking perfection ourselves, I believe we have a psychic need for perfection in important people. From O.J. Simpson to Aaron Hernandez … from Paris Hilton to Justin […]

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