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

Shann Turnbull

Careers

Put up with boring, soul-destroying work only when you’re young, exploring your options, and establishing your credibility. Once you become established, become discriminating about your work, colleagues, clients, and associates.

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Wealth

I agree with my mother, who said that money provides a comfortable way of being unhappy. The nature of money and my view of money have changed over the last half-century. Money has become a dysfunctional belief system. The financial system is illogically back-to-front, inside out, and upside down.

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Leadership

Qualities of a good leader: Sharing a vision and passion for success, being a good listener, and accepting and acting on the considered advice of others. But most important, finding and developing a team of people who can carry out my role better than I could myself.

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Life's Lessons

Understand other people’s values, concerns, and points of view. In another life, I would listen more diligently and empathetically.

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Happiness & Success

Do not be deterred from seeking to do the impossible, like applying for acceptance to Harvard with only an “ordinary degree.”

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