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

Sam Abel-Smith

Growing Older

Have a dog that makes a great fuss every day at a regular time for his walk. You then have to walk, too, so you get daily exercise.

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Leadership

Delegate more to trusted associates and don’t try to do everything yourself. Business should be more of a partnership, rather than master and employee.

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Life's Lessons

Be your own man and don’t get influenced too much by friends and parents. Do your own thing. Do what you enjoy and financial success will follow your enthusiasm.

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Wealth

Too much money can make you just as unhappy as too little.

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Charity & Spirituality

It is important to give to those less fortunate than yourself, both in time and financially. The church is a great force for goodness in the world. Spending time with religion improves your own lifestyle.

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Happiness & Success

The important thing is a happy life, and a happy family follows naturally.

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