Robert Ringer Archives

Attitude and Odds

Posted on July 8, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)


Billionaire J. Paul Getty was once asked to write a magazine article about how he became so rich, to which he responded, “Some people find oil. Others don’t.” Talk about playing into the hands of randomness advocates. I acknowledge that there’s a lot of luck involved in the way life turns out. But luck isn’t […]

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Playing Your Cards Close to the Vest

Posted on July 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (24)


As I watch the daily news, I am constantly reminded that an oversized ego can be the biggest obstacle to long-term success. Of course, everyone has an ego, so it’s pointless to delude yourself into believing that you’re an exception. It’s far better to acknowledge the existence of your ego and work on trying to […]

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Spending Your Time on Things That Matter

Posted on July 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)


I often use the phrase “the crux of the issue,” and when I do I’m referring to the point or points upon which success or failure rests. It’s important to resist the temptation to get sidetracked by peripheral issues that cannot yield a payoff no matter what their outcome. For example, I believe that the […]

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The Fundamental Transformation of Glenn Beck

Posted on June 24, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (95)

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck recently announced his latest “fundamental transformation of Glenn Beck” when he said, “I am in the final phase, I think, of a massive transformation.  One that will take me to rough terrain, uncharted landscape and lonely woods.  This may end up being the biggest and most important challenge of my life.” So, what’s […]

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Did Thoreau Have It Right?

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)


The story of Richard W. Sonnenfeldt, author of Witness to Nuremburg, is one that every person who is concerned about tyranny should read. Sonnenfeldt fled his German homeland for England at age fifteen when it became clear that Jews were increasingly at risk under the new Nazi regime.  After some stranger-than-life twists and turns, he […]

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One from the Heart

Posted on June 12, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (11)


I recently received an inspiring e-mail from a young acquaintance of mine, Jay.  I had not seen Jay for more than thirty years, and really only came to know him when he contacted me to inform me that his father, Jack, had passed away.  Jack was a genuinely good human being, so I was saddened […]

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Choice, Desire, and Self-discipline 

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)

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The other day I was talking to a woman who, in a dispirited voice, told me that she was stressed to the point of not being able to focus on her work.  I told her that, when all is said and done, stress is just a state of mind brought on by an external event. […]

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Can Man Intervene in Predestined Events?

Posted on June 7, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (45)


A twenty-nine-year-old entrepreneur awakens before dawn to meet the challenge of a new day. Across town, a house painter goes through much the same ritual. The two men do not know each other, but, without realizing it, they will soon meet. The young man heading east in a late-model Datsun and the painter traveling south […]

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Shame on Walmart

Posted on May 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (87)


Forget that Walmart employs 1.4 million people in the U.S. alone.  Forget that it saves consumers billions of dollars each year on retail purchases.  Forget that its employees, on average, earn about double the minimum wage.  The raw-meat crowd is salivating.  Bring out the class-warfare script. The word from some disgruntled employees is that Walmart […]

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Dealing with Loathsome People

Posted on May 27, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (36)

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I was talking to a friend (“Bill”) a few weeks ago, and in the course of our conversation he happened to mention something about the business troubles Dexter Windbag (pseudonym) had encountered in recent years.  I had no idea the guy was still alive, and had no interest in hearing about his troubles. Nevertheless, my […]

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