Archives: Personal Development

Letting Go of Your Pacifier

Posted on January 16, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (20)


Advice:  Don’t live a life of exclamation points!  By that I mean a life where you are constantly pressing against everyone and everything around you.  People shy away from high pressure, which is why exclamation-point people tend to be crowd busters. As with so many things in life, I suspect that most people who are […]

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The Indians Are Coming!

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (39)


What’s this world coming to?  The Mexicans are attacking us from the south, and now the Indians are attacking us from … well, from halfway around the world — in their own country!  Allow me to explain. The Mexicans have to come here if we want them to pick our grapes and mow our lawns […]

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The NFL and the Decline of Rome

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)


When the news broke that three of the National Football League wildcard playoff games last weekend did not sell out, it got me thinking about, of all things, the connection between the NFL and the decline of the Roman Empire.  The NFL is to the United States what the gladiatorial contests were to Rome, sans […]

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Black Bart, Sam Walton, and a Grain of Salt

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (12)


Do you ever yearn to discover the secrets of the big guys so you could explode your business?  I’ve certainly fallen into that trap on and off over the years.  And whenever I’ve managed to gain access to the “secrets” of those who appear to be above the fray, I’ll tell you what I’ve usually […]

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The Conflict Between Desire and Reason

Posted on January 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (18)


A fundamental truth about desire that I learned from Harry Browne many years ago is that everyone’s desires are unlimited.  That’s not to say that we all have the same desires, just an infinite number of them. Some of the more common desires include wealth, power, recognition, and, at the extreme end of the desire […]

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Comeback of a Reptilian Rocky

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer Comments (17)


It’s cathartic to tell on yourself every now and then, and today I’m in a state of catharsis.  As the most self-disciplined reptile living in this corner of the Milky Way Galaxy, you would think that I’ve never missed a day of exercise.  If so, you’d be wrong.  Alas, much as it pains me to […]

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The Curse of the Lottery

Posted on December 20, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (28)


Here we go again, another centimillionaire via the Mega Millions lottery — $173.8 million after taxes.  The winner was fifty-six-year-old Ira Curry, who bought her ticket at an Atlanta newsstand.  A second winner, who bought his/her ticket at a gift shop in San Jose, California, had not yet come forward as of the time this […]

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RGIII and “the Brothers”

Posted on December 16, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (33)


I really dislike writing about race, not because I’m concerned that it might bring some criticism my way (it will), but because the whole issue has gotten both absurd and boring.  Every time you think it’s dying down, BAM:  It’s in the headlines again.  And so long as there are people who know how to […]

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Great Music Never Dies

Posted on December 13, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (31)


An acquaintance of mine recently lamented to me, somewhat forlornly, that “great music is dead.”  He opined that youthful brains have been so soiled that all they want to hear is “junk.” Maybe I’m a hopeless optimist, but while I agree that perhaps a majority of youthful brains are soiled, I don’t for a second […]

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Objective Truth versus Relativism

Posted on December 4, 2013 by Robert Ringer Comments (29)


As the social civil wars in America continue over such issues as abortion, gay marriage, redistribution of wealth, racism, immigration, and universal healthcare, one wonders how both sides in these hotly contested debates can be so convinced that they have objective truth on their side. In fact, it raises the question of whether there really […]

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