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

Donald P. Nielsen

Marriage & Family

Marriage is an 80–20 partnership, on both sides. If you each understand that, you always go out of your way to please your spouse. When both partners do that, you have a happy marriage.

The greatest gift you can give your children is to love one another.

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Happiness & Success

Success can be fleeting. Don’t let it define you. 

Friends and family become increasingly important as you grow older. Make sure you cultivate them when you are young.

Happiness is the best measure of success.

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Money is important to provide the lifestyle you seek, but being driven by money makes for a shallow life. Family and friends are far more important.

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To be a good leader:

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Life's Lessons

Don’t take yourself too seriously.
Have lots of love in your heart.
Keep a positive attitude.

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Life's Lessons

Hard work is not only necessary for success, it is also the only source of a feeling of accomplishment.

A strong marriage is one of life’s great gifts.

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