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

Carol Nicholson Fryeberger

Happiness & Success

You are as happy as your saddest child (not my original quote). Put your efforts into raising well-adjusted children.

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No surprise: Succeeding in business is the polar opposite of winning the lottery (pure luck, no effort). Blood, sweat, tears early on and consistently throughout. Become very knowledgeable about your product, service, or industry, and cultivate lasting relationships with people. Be completely honest in all dealings — even if it’s painful.

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Life's Lessons

The care and nurturing of one’s family takes an all-out commitment by both parents. There are no shortcuts, but the rewards are immeasurable.

Life is good if you decide that it is. Partake in it with enthusiasm and gratefulness.

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Growing Older

Be grateful for every healthy day. Enjoy grandchildren — play with them, really get to know them. They are life’s bonus.

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Be a good role model.
Do your homework.
Praise others’ efforts.

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Treat employees well. Beware of sympathetic business decisions. They always need to be fundamentally sound.

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