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Three Milestones: Ages 20, 30, and 40

Written by Gary North on September 17, 2016


If you’re not smart by 20, married by 30, or rich by 40, you won’t be. David Graves told me this slogan many years ago, and the more I think about it, the more accurate I think it is. We need milestones as we go through life. It helps if we know whether we are […]

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Trophy Wives and Blue Ribbon Wives

Written by Gary North on August 27, 2016


Trophy wives are ornaments for husbands. Men marry them because they want to be high-visibility winners among other men. “He is a winner. He got her.” They also hope for this reaction: “I didn’t get a trophy wife. I’m not a winner.” A trophy wife is a status good: limited availability, heavy demand. Spectacularly good […]

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You Need a Long-Term Plan

Written by Gary North on August 1, 2016

Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth (Prov. 8:14-16). “By me kings reign, and princes decree justice.” This includes covenant-breaking kings and princes. As rulers, they necessarily imitate God. […]

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One Day at the Top: Robert Hernandez, 1958

Written by Gary North on July 23, 2016


I have wanted to tell this story for a long time. I was cleaning out a box of memorabilia. I don’t have much. Now I have less: about a 4-inch stack of magazines. I came across a publication the size of a magazine, Southern California Football 1958. It covered high schools mostly, with a few […]

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Jenner: How Times Change

Posted on July 2, 2016


“Hey, Mr. Fantasy Man,” Sports Illustrated (1980) Bruce Jenner is living out our fantasies for us. . . . We all fantasize: we swagger through our daydreams. But we are too thick-waisted to play the role in reality. Our hair, once so dense and lustrous, has turned mouse-colored and thin. Our teeth are irregular, and […]

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The Case for Patience

Written by Gary North on June 18, 2016


One of the truly discouraging things for every businessman or minister to deal with is the slowness of all progress within his organization. A man who is pioneering a particular idea or technology believes that his product is so unique, so beneficial, and so marketable that buyers or contributors will line up to buy it. […]

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The Calling

Written by Gary North on May 28, 2016


“The Protestant ethic.” We hear that phrase all the time. Usually, people speak of the Protestant ethic as something that belonged to the American (or British, or Dutch) people generations ago, but which is dead today. In fact, the only place it still seems to flourish is in Japan, except that the Japanese are not […]

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Pareto’s Pyramid of Performance

Written by Gary North on January 30, 2016


Most people believe that second rate performance is fine, and third-rate performance is acceptable. I do not, and I never have. The more important your cause is to you, the more important you think your cause should be to the world. If you represent your cause in a second rate way, you are doing your […]

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The Home Business as a Christian Calling

Written by Gary North on January 30, 2016


In every person’s life there are key turning points. I believe this is also true of nations and civilizations. These turning points have meaning only in reference to long, uneventful periods of conventional day-to-day activities. That is the whole meaning of a turning point. It turns us into a new path after years of stability. […]

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