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Freedom from the Past

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Robert Ringer


Who among us does not have unpleasant experiences in his past? Being bullied in school, getting cut from an athletic team, losing a sweetheart to a rival, the premature death of a loved one, failing a licensing exam, or suffering through an ugly divorce are the kinds of painful experiences that stay with most people […]

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A Dark Day for New Zealand

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Robert Ringer

Hagley Park

Today, February 22 in New Zealand (February 21 in the United States), is a day of reflection for my family. On this date in 2011, Christchurch, New Zealand was hit by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that destroyed dozens of major buildings, including a number of treasured landmarks. The reason the effects of the quake were […]

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Remembering Iwo Jima

Posted on February 19, 2015 by Dr. Paul Kengor

02.19 Iwo Jima

February 19 marks the start of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima, which lasted through the end of March 1945. In this fascinating article, Dr. Paul Kengor sits down with Bill Young—a 90-year-old vet who fought for 37 days at Iwo Jima—to help remember all those who sacrificed so much for our […]

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American Sniper — My Take

Posted on February 13, 2015 by Robert Ringer


I finally got around to seeing American Sniper last weekend, and it certainly gave me a lot to think about. First and foremost, it was a grim reminder that since the beginning of recorded history, the most significant and consistent phenomenon about mankind is his penchant for war. The greatest loss of life in America […]

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The Thought-Reality Connection

Posted on February 11, 2015 by Robert Ringer


Motivational speakers and authors have long insisted that it’s possible to exert a great deal of control over your destiny by maintaining a positive mental attitude. Even though problems are an integral part of life, they believe that the key to success is how you react to those problems. So, are they right? Or is […]

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The U.S. Economy in 2015: Challenges and Opportunities

Posted on February 6, 2015 by Dr. Alejandro Chafuen


With the stock market at an all-time high, a bonanza of cheap gasoline, and unemployment at 5.8 percent, there is increased optimism about the U.S. economy. Yet challenges abound, both from the inside and abroad. Participation in the labor force remains at the lowest levels since the late 1970s, with over 6 million less people […]

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Intervening in the Law Of Averages

Posted on January 29, 2015 by Robert Ringer


When I was about twenty years old, I excelled at two things: naiveté and gullibility. It never occurred to me that making money had anything to do with creating value in the marketplace, so it was quite natural for me to gravitate toward gambling. I loved horse racing, and went through a period where I […]

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Guarding Against Negativism

Posted on January 27, 2015 by Robert Ringer


A friend recently told me that he never worries about negative input from others because he has such a positive outlook on life that he doesn’t believe negative talk has any effect on him. Maybe so, but in my view it’s still a good idea to avoid negative people, particularly those who are critical of […]

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Substance, Style, and Ayn Rand

Posted on January 22, 2015 by Bob Burg


Having watched the DVD version of the three Atlas Shrugged movies, I think of how effective communication is such an important aspect of selling. Selling, in this case, not just a product or service, but a philosophy. The film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s famed magnum opus (apologies to those who consider that to be The Fountainhead) is […]

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The Delusion of Immortality

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Robert Ringer


The facts notwithstanding, I believe that a majority of people unthinkingly delude themselves about their mortality — meaning that they act as though they believe they are immortal. Of course, they don’t consciously admit it, at least not to others. I’ve known more than one person who acted as though he believed he will be […]

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