Archives: Personal Development

The N-Word Lives On

Posted on November 30, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (46)


The latest brouhaha over Washington Redskins’ offensive lineman Trent Williams’ purported use of the infamous N-word in lashing out at umpire Roy Eillison (who, like Williams, is black) during a game with the Philadelphia Eagles is just another in an endless stream of incidents that keep this accident-of-history colloquialism alive and well. A visitor from […]

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The Joys of Black Friday

Posted on November 29, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)


Well, here we are again — Black Friday — the official start of the Christmas shopping season.  But, unfortunately, Christmas shopping is no longer the joyful and relaxing experience it once was. How can you be joyful and relaxed when a teenaged sales clerk, with an earring in his nose and a tattoo on his […]

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Dealing with Dicks

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


The bizarre NFL bullying case involving Richie Incognito (the accused bully) and his alleged victim, Jonathan Martin, brings to the fore once again a subject I have been spotlighting for years.  I don’t know the facts in the Miami Dolphins’ case, but I have long been outspoken in my belief that bullying is the most […]

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Going Head to Head with Ms. Snarky

Posted on November 1, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)


I’ve written about Ms. Snarky many times in the past.  Her most noteworthy traits are that she’s eighteenish, delusional about her importance, and always has her antennae actively searching for a nasty encounter with anyone who carelessly crosses her path.  Even though she gives the impression of being omnipresent, she most frequently can be found […]

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Go for It!

Posted on October 29, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (13)


It’s a serious mistake to allow yourself to get caught up in the “what-if” and “how-to” trap — attempting to project all problems and solutions in advance of taking action.  The reality is that no one can ever hope to know all the problems in advance, let alone all the solutions. Further, most of the […]

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Choosing the Best Possible Life

Posted on October 28, 2013 by Mark Ford Comments (5)

Someone once said that the three most important decisions in life are the answers the following questions: What are you going to do? With whom? And where? I thought that was pretty nifty when I first encountered it 15 years ago. Today, I still think it is practical wisdom wrapped in a nutshell. At the […]

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The Unlikely and Remarkable You

Posted on October 25, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (10)


The Milky Way Galaxy consists of something in the neighborhood of 100 to 400 billion stars, depending on which scientist you choose to believe. Further, the Milky Way — only one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the known universe — is about 120,000 light years in diameter, an unfathomable distance. That said, if […]

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Message to Malala

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (14)


Isn’t it amazing how the best aphorisms prove themselves to be true year after year?  Especially the one that tells us that every twenty-four hours the world turns over and somebody else is on top? Enter “I am Malala.”  It’s not just the title of Malala Yousafzai’s new book; it’s become a global mantra.   Who […]

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Responding versus Reacting – A Key to Your Ability to Influence

Posted on October 5, 2013 by Bob Burg Comments (21)

“Self-Control is the very essence of character.  To be able to look a man straight in the eye, calmly and deliberately, without the slightest ruffle of temper under extreme provocation, gives a sense of power which nothing else can give.  To feel that you are always, not sometimes, master of yourself, gives a dignity and […]

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Mass Murders and Fear

Posted on September 25, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)

Thirteen people, including a three-year-old boy, shot in a South Side park in Chicago … thirteen more people killed just a few days earlier in the Washington Navy Yard … Newtown … Aurora … Tucson … Virginia Tech … everyone knows the locations by heart. About the only thing everyone agrees on is that these […]

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