If I Knew Then Advice on careers, finance, and life from Harvard Business School's Class of 1963

Mark Hoffman

Business

Mistakes:

Act fast. Take risks.

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Marriage & Family

Don’t forget: while you’re still busy elsewhere, marriage and family will inevitably be the most important elements of determining success or happiness for most people.

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Happiness & Success

Your opportunities for a “happy and successful life” will not be there forever. Do it now, rather than later.

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Leadership

To be a better leader, I’d have had more of the above — especially impatience.

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Life's Lessons

Lots of opportunities, but in the end, you have only one chance for “a life.” Get some happy, positive ground rules and standards early for your guidance and sanity checks, then go for it. Be kind along the way and you will be happier in the end.

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