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

Jon B. Boss

Life's Lessons

I would be more patient with my investment decisions, with those whose views are at odds with mine, with my children when I came home from a long and tiring day at work, and with my wife when she asks, “Would you please explain that to me?”

I would learn to pause before answering or taking action, and I would ask myself, “Why does the other person have a different viewpoint, and what can I learn from it?”

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Growing Older

Do not wait until it’s time to apply for your Social Security benefits to think about and plan for your retirement. Begin early in life to do things like volunteering, pursuing research, traveling, or writing, so when you do retire from your employment, it is far easier to simply devote more time to them.

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Charity & Spirituality

We do not exist in a vacuum. We depend on the contributions and talents of others, and others depend on us. Charity, faith, and spirituality are essential ingredients of the recipe of one’s life.

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