Archives: Personal Development


A Tsunami of B.S.

Posted on June 23, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (49)

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Are you ever irritated by what people say and do? By things you see and hear on television? By unpleasant situations you have to put up with on a daily basis? Guess what? You have lots of company. In fact, a number of books have been written on the subject. Two of my favorite examples […]

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Customer Service Is a Mindset

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (39)

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Some years ago, I was having lunch with a business associate at a fine restaurant. The food was superb, but when you pay eighty bucks for lunch for two people, you also expect great service. When the waitress brought our appetizers, I asked her to please give me some cracked pepper on my salad. Though […]

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Rules No. 1 & 2

Posted on May 23, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (19)

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In a radio interview some years ago, the host started out by asking me, “In order of importance, what would you say are the three most essential rules when it comes to making money?” Without hesitation, I blurted out: “Rule No. 1: Stay alive. Rule No. 2: Stay healthy. Rule No. 3: Stop losing money.” […]

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Mario and Me

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (21)

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Mario Puzo, who passed away in 1999, wrote a number of bestselling novels, including The Godfather, Fools Die, and The Last Don. What I especially liked about Puzo was his legendary tongue-in-cheek interviews. One of my favorite Puzo comments was when he warned aspiring scriptwriters that the only way to get a fair deal in […]

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Reality Therapy, a Case Study

Posted on April 26, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (26)

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In my previous article on reality therapy, I explained that the reality therapist does not believe it is necessary, or even helpful, to hash over the deep-rooted causes of one’s problems. Instead, he believes that fulfillment of an individual’s needs in the present, regardless of what traumas he may have suffered in the past, is […]

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Reality Therapy

Posted on April 23, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (52)

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For most of my life, I was a strong believer in conventional psychology, which is based on the teachings of Sigmund Freud. Conventional psychology focuses on finding the psychological roots of an individual’s problems. The idea is that once a person’s past traumas are brought to the surface and dissected, he is able to change […]

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It’s Not In My Job Description

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (45)

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Some time ago, I spoke at a wealth-building convention in Florida. About ten days before leaving, I contacted my publisher and told the head of the company that it would be a good idea to contact Barnes & Noble and have them sell copies of my new book at the event. He agreed and said […]

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Jackie Robinson: A Legitimate Civil Rights Hero

Posted on April 15, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (22)

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Today is the 69th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers, which ended a long and shameful era in American history. In case you missed it on television, I would urge you to go online and watch PBS’s two-part series on the life of Jackie Robinson. Watching his remarkable story brought a […]

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Winning Through Failure

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (32)

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Last week, I posted on Facebook some of my thoughts about Mitt Romney’s vile attack on Donald Trump. Had the impeccably manicured Mitt been half as harsh with Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential campaign, he probably would be preparing for a second term right now. But, unfortunately, he lacked either the principle or courage, […]

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Is Life Boring?

Posted on February 8, 2016 by Robert Ringer Comments (43)

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The other day a friend of mine was lamenting about how bored he’s been lately. He said he couldn’t bring himself to work on even the most mundane tasks, because he felt everything he did was tedious. My experience has convinced me that this problem becomes worse for most people with the passage of time. […]

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