Archives: Personal Development


Knowledge Redeployment

Posted on December 14, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

My first love is learning, which is why I keep my brain on autopilot when it comes to absorbing everything around me and extracting lessons from what I see and hear.  It borders on an addiction. Extracting knowledge, however, is not enough.  You must be able to apply what you’ve learned to other situations, including […]

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Permission Granted

Posted on December 9, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

In my recent Path to Power teleseminar series, I made it clear from the outset that I was not talking about power over others. My focus was on self-empowerment — a.k.a. personal power. But there are people who do aspire to have power over others. And there’s not a person on this earth who hasn’t […]

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Learning from Saddam

Posted on November 7, 2006 by Robert Ringer No Comments

I’ve always thought I’d be a much smarter tyrant than Saddam Hussein.  Now I’m sure of it.  When I watched him sitting in court, waiting to be sentenced to death, I have to admit I was thinking, “I told you so.” Ever since the U.S. invaded Iraq to save the Kuwaitis, pundits have labeled Saddam […]

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Doing It Yanni’s Way

Posted on November 1, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (6)

I recently saw an interview with the legendary Yanni (Yiannis Chrysomallis), a giant in the entertainment industry.  It was another reminder of the efficacy of going against conventional wisdom. Yanni had no formal training and, as a result, could not even read music.  Nevertheless, he became a world-famous composer by developing a sort of musical […]

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Defying Historic Patterns

Posted on September 7, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (5)

Life is filled with paradoxes. Example:  You spend decades learning the rules of the game.  Then, just about the time you’ve managed to accumulate some meaningful wisdom, the game ends. Example:  Children are one of the greatest joys known to mankind.  But raising children takes more time and effort, and brings more grief, than perhaps […]

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The Pricing Question

Posted on July 10, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (1)

Today, while looking through some old boxes, I happened across a newspaper clipping titled “Common Mistakes that Cause Business Failure.”  Judging from its condition, I would guess it’s been in the box for at least 35 years. The list includes 17 items, most of which I agree with.  But one that I’m not so sure […]

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More on Converting Years into Months

Posted on April 15, 2006 by Robert Ringer Comments (4)

Regarding my article last week titled “Converting Years into Months,” reader Dan Stuenzi of Omaha, Nebraska wrote: “I’d like to offer a different perspective about working on our weaknesses.  Let me first say that I am in 100 percent agreement that a writer needs to be fluent in Microsoft Word or some other word-processing software. […]

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Cellular Telephone and China

Posted on April 14, 2006 by Robert Ringer No Comments

I feel morally obliged to constantly remind you — and myself — that the world continually changes.  And it’s now changing at a rate that no one could have dreamed of as recently as the 1970s. The cellphone is one of an endless number of hi-tech toys that are changing at an accelerating pace.  Most […]

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Speed and the Age of Information

Posted on April 5, 2006 by Robert Ringer No Comments

It’s funny how things work out in life.  Sometimes, you end up with a positive result from something that appeared to be a complete failure.  My evolution as a computer user is a good example. I go back to the days of the Xerox 860, which was considered to be the premier dedicated word processor […]

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Harley Davidson’s Next Great Ad

Posted on March 29, 2006 by Robert Ringer No Comments

The infamous Debra Lafave’s case is kind of unusual because the prosecutor dropped charges against her for “allegedly” having sex with a fourteen-year-old student.  The reason, we are told, is that the boy (now sixteen) didn’t want to testify. To parody the cunning words of that sly old fox Paul Van Der Sloot:  No witness, […]

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