If you knew then what you know now, what advice would you have given yourself about getting married and raising a family?
These statistics probably don’t need reciting again, but for every two marriages performed in the U.S. in recent years, there was one divorce. Clearly, marriage is not a game for the risk-averse and yet most of us give it a try. Or two. Or three.
Nearly three-quarters of Americans tie the knot at least one time, despite the odds. While that’s down a bit from the 85 percent marriage rate when Harvard Business School's Class of 1963 graduated, their success at picking a mate is truly enviable. In a 2013 study, more than 70 percent of the 1963 grads were still with their first spouse — a fortunate break from the patterns of the population at large.
Because the members of the Class of 1963 have a bit of a golden touch at getting and staying married, it won't surprise you that many of them say no decision in their lives was more important or more worth getting right.
While you might argue that these classmates don’t have the golden touch at getting and staying married, they are unified in their feeling that no decision in their lives was more important, or more worth getting right.
Still, their family lives weren't always perfect, and it’s heartbreaking to read the recollections of the grads who put their marriages and family life at peril through a litany of bad habits — alcoholism and workaholism, primarily. As a class, they would implore you to choose your life partner with the utmost care, and then put that partnership above everything else.