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Starting this morning, you will occassionally see blog posts from yours truly on the Anxiety Behind the Badge website. My first contribution was posted this morning, entitled Anxiety & Depression:  Chicken or the Egg? Advertisements

R.G. Riles Salutes Startups and Burritos

Why do we do what we do?  It’s an open ended question that could apply to your daily job, your daily routines, or most anything. This evening, however, I wanted to share a blog that I follow, which has brought a lot of inspiration to me.  The blog is the Burritos and Startups Blog, by […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

The Daily Post presents a Weekly Photo Challenge each week. Here’s the link to this week’s challenge. This week’s challenge is to find a photo that epitimizes the word “Close”. Here are two versions of one photo that really define the word to me. It’s a beauty, eh?  I also love this one of the […]

Step 1 To a Successful Day – Do NOT get Coffee Grinds in Your Eyes

So, I’m on a bit of a “stay-cation” this week.  And I was reading a blog that inspired me to write to you, the loyal Riles Readers, about how best to start our day, in order to yield the most productive, yet least stressful day possible (be it a work day, or other). Much to […]

BRAND – The Midas Touch (Trump & Kiyosaki) Part 3 of 6 (Videos 4a)

In the Information Age, more so than any other age, brand or branding has become one of the central elements to any hugely successful venture.  In a time when a face, a tweet, a status update, a photo, or even a video can travel so quickly, and spread viraly, and in a time where entrepreneurs […]

The Midas Touch – Part 1 of 5 – Discussion of Key Points of Book by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki

Without even reading the first book that Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump wrote together, titled Why We Want You to be Rich (2006), this 2nd collaboration, entitled Midas Touch:  Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich – and why Most Don’t (2011), was recommended to me by a fellow friend /entrepreneur.  The book proved to be packed with […]

Aspirations – Great Voice Talents in Voice Over Industry and Great Services

Don LaFointaine – The Voice R.G. Riles aspires to be “The Voice” – the one that nearly everyone in the world has heard at some point and automatically associate it with something.  Mr. LaFointaine, as seen in this awesome video: is “The Voice” that, at least in America, we’ve come to associate with Movie Trailers […]

Writing Lyrics….

Lyrics are a difficult thing.  It’s easy, in times of great inspiration, to let the words flow and put some pretty profound statements down on a piece of paper. Then you look at your catalogue of instrumentals and, you think, “Which of these matches the mood here?”  THEN, the really hard work begins. Well, I’ve […]

Speaking to Students About Engineering, College, Infrastructure, and Technology

Okay, so old R.G. is living a double life of sorts. I’m really known as a Civil Engineer, under my given name and not this pseudonym… Well, I received some mail the other day and it inspired me to tell you this story and share a bit. On Friday, February 24th, I made the first […]

The Mayo Jar, Golf Balls, Sand and Coffee

The Mayonnaise Jar When things in your life seem,  almost too much to handle, When 24 Hours in a day is not enough, Remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 cups of coffee. A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some  items in  front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, He picked up […]