Archives: Personal Development

America’s Great Unsung Hero

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


Heroes are people who accomplish extraordinary feats under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, such as the firefighters who marched into the World Trade Center towers on 9/11 in an attempt to save lives while everyone else was scurrying to get out. But there’s another kind of hero — one who makes a living accomplishing extraordinary feats under […]

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The Efficacy of Downsizing

Posted on August 26, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (40)


With the United States on the verge of civil war, all half-way informed people realize that there are bad times on the horizon.  I was writing about the probability of a runaway inflation and subsequent collapse of the foundations of Western civilization clear back in the late seventies, and I was far from alone in […]

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Focusing on the Real Enemy — You

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (36)


Among the thousands of letters and e-mails I’ve received over the years, many of them have asked about how to deal with hopelessness.  It’s tough to give concrete advice on this subject, for two reasons.  First, everyone’s situation is different and, second, it’s impossible for me to know more than a small number of facts […]

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The Brain: A Work in Progress

Posted on August 15, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (27)


Cognitive science is the study of the brain mechanisms responsible for an individual’s thoughts, moods, decisions, and actions.  Cognition refers to everything that takes place in an individual’s brain that helps him understand the world around him.  To accomplish such an understanding involves mental processes such as concentration, memory, conceptualization, creativity, and emotions. In his […]

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Mankind’s Forward March

Posted on July 15, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (46)

Ray Kurzweil keynote address.

You’ve probably heard of Ray Kurzweil, the remarkable inventor/futurist. Among other things, Kurzweil, a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, developed the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind. Listening to Kurzweil in a recent television appearance, the thought crossed my mind how geniuses like him appear to be able to transcend the […]

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The Sanctity of Your Mind

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (50)


Some years ago, one of my readers expressed his disgust with the fact that grown adults play what amounts to nothing more than children’s games and are paid obscene amounts of money for doing so. This all-too-true phenomenon is made possible by the fact that so many adults find enchantment in the distractions of false […]

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The Coming Breakup?

Posted on June 26, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (35)


Back in the early eighties, when I was publishing my newsletter The Tortoise Report, the thought crossed my mind that the crumbling American Empire might eventually break up into smaller pieces — similar to the path chosen by the Roman and British Empires. When it comes to maintaining control over your subjects, bigness tends to […]

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The Power of Detachment

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (43)


Detachment is an incredibly powerful tool that I wish I had understood much earlier in life. There are many things from which you can detach yourself, and one of the most important is the habit of judging people, actions, and circumstances as being right or wrong, good or bad. When you are constantly classifying, labeling, […]

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Concentrate on Concentrating

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


When I finished revising and updating Winning Through Intimidation, I felt pretty confident that there were no glaring errors in the new edition.  After all, I had done about twenty-five drafts of the rewrite. Nevertheless, I thought to myself, “Hmm … seems I’ve been here before.”  Meaning, every time I’ve finished a book, I felt […]

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One Egg or Two?

Posted on April 25, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)


I think it was Groucho Marx who used to tell the joke about a guy standing on a street corner and repeatedly hitting himself over the head with a hammer. A fellow comes along and asks him why he’s inflicting such pain on himself, to which he replies, “Because it feels so good when I […]

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