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

Rich Opsahl

Marriage & Family

Before the wedding, make a deal about what type of life you expect to lead. Be willing to argue about things openly and even often. 

Hang out with your kids a lot, even if it means missing work opportunities. Give your kids the best schooling you can. Exercise together.

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Growing Older

Perhaps most important is to have lots to do. It doesn’t matter what it is, but whatever you do in retirement should take a lot of effort. For me, it was house-building and ultra-running.

Be sure to keep up on exercise, with a healthy lifestyle. Try to get at least two hours of aerobic exercise each day. Be very careful about diet. (Editor’s note: Rich ran his last marathon in April 2013, at age 81.)

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