Archives: Personal Development


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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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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Aaron Hernandez’s Wrong Turn

Posted on April 21, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (39)

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Not since O.J. Simpson has an NFL star player created such a media stir as the now deceased Aaron Hernandez. Of course, there are major differences between both their personalities and their crimes. We know without question that O.J. violently hacked and stabbed to death his ex-wife and Ron Goldman with a knife, notwithstanding the […]

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Memories of Mr. Rodeo Drive

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)

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Today there’s a tinge of sadness in the air for me. It marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Fred Hayman, a dear friend from my past life. The chances are pretty good that you’ve never heard of Fred Hayman, which is amazing considering his remarkable accomplishments. Some people are among the quiet rich; […]

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Dominating Chaos

Posted on April 7, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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Will Durant, best known for his eleven-volume masterpiece The Story of Civilization, died in 1981 at age 96. But John Little, founder and director of Will Durant Online, produced yet another Durant book more than twenty years after his death. Just a little over a hundred pages in length, the title of this little gem […]

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A Vote for Execution

Posted on March 28, 2017 by Robert Ringer Comments (30)

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A quote that ranks right up there with the best of Voltaire and Montaigne is the late Coach John McKay’s famous response when a reporter asked him, after another Tampa Bay Buccaneer loss, what he thought of his team’s execution.  Said McKay, with a straight face, “I think it’s a good idea.” Of course, when […]

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