Robert's Insights

For a long time now …

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Robert Ringer

For a long time now, I been have accelerating my efforts to keep people out of my life who have an aversion to taking action. It never ceases to amaze me that so many people are addicted to procrastination. And what a terrible addiction it is. Procrastination is, in fact, a living death. In that […]

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Now that Steve Ballmer has …

Posted on April 5, 2014 by Robert Ringer

Now that Steve Ballmer has stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO, following Bill Gates’s resignation as chairman of the board, the company is entering a new era where it may have to reinvent itself. Having dropped in market capitalization from $600 billion in 1999, when Ballmer took over as CEO, to around $300 billion today, board […]

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Through the years, many readers have asked …

Posted on April 3, 2014 by Robert Ringer

Through the years, many readers have asked me what they should do about a friend who has deteriorated into a liability. My answer to this dilemma has been consistent: Cut the person out of your life, post haste, before things get out of control. Just because you made an initial error in judgment does not […]

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We live in a world …

Posted on April 2, 2014 by Robert Ringer

We live in a world that is probably more stressful than at any other time in history. Nuclear weapons are proliferating at an alarming pace … the Russian bear is once again on the march … experts warn us that just about every food we enjoy will kill us … quality, affordable healthcare appears headed […]

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If you saw “60 Minutes” last night …

Posted on April 1, 2014 by Robert Ringer

If you saw “60 Minutes” last night, you know that Elon Musk is a billionaire entrepreneur who, as head of Tesla Motors, has built an electric car that goes from zero to sixty mph in four seconds. He is also the cofounder of Space X, which builds launch vehicle rockets and spacecraft. And these are […]

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When someone tries to twist your words …

Posted on March 30, 2014 by Robert Ringer

When someone tries to twist your words, change your meanings, or restate your intentions, it can be very confusing to you if you know your hands are clean. Why would someone want to slander you? Who knows? He may envy you because of your accomplishments; he may be frustrated over his own failures; or he […]

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A friend of mine, one of the …

Posted on March 29, 2014 by Robert Ringer

A friend of mine, one of the most honest people I know, was recently lamenting the fact that so many liars are held in high esteem by others. And he was right. As we have all witnessed, liars are often among the most popular people in society (e.g., many politicians), which is both nauseating and […]

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In George Orwell’s “1984” …

Posted on March 24, 2014 by Robert Ringer

In George Orwell’s “1984”, Big Brother’s slogan was: War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength. Orwell’s point was that people can be made to believe just about anything if they hear it often enough. […]

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In our instant-gratification society …

Posted on March 23, 2014 by Robert Ringer

In our instant-gratification society, I am concerned that young people do not understand that consistently making decisions geared toward long-term happiness does not preclude them from being happy in the short term as well. What it does mean is that if they constantly opt for instant gratification without regard to the long-term consequences of their […]

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A Malaysian airliner disappears …

Posted on March 22, 2014 by Robert Ringer

A Malaysian airliner disappears into thin air … the Supreme Court rules it’s legal for the government to force people to buy a product … 9/11 kills 3,000 civilians … the U.S. fights two wars that are both longer than World War II … cell phones do things that computers could not do fifteen years […]

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