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

Alan Wolf on Turning Points

When we celebrated our 40th reunion, I had no idea that, in only a few short months, I would experience a key event that would be a turning point in my life. My diagnosis of central nervous system lymphoma came in July of 2003. Fighting it has affected every part of my life for the last decade and significantly changed the course of my career.

It is primarily relationships with family and employees that have comforted me. I have been blessed with a loving and beautiful wife, three remarkable children, and a belief in God that has helped me through my illness. It may not be possible to prepare for the directions that turning points in life take us, but my experience shows that we never go wrong if we keep our focus on family, friends, and our employees’ welfare. If we do, we can maintain a happy and fruitful life, even when dealing with adversity.

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