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

Paul G. Hines


Be very good at what you do and be good to the people you work with. Honor and respect those who work for you and make your achievements possible.

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Marriage & Family

This is not easy. It takes commitment, time set aside for family fun and relationships, and an ability to rise from the ashes when things don’t work out the first time around.

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Life's Lessons

Be a lifelong learner. Be flexible, open to new and changing ideas. Surround yourself at home and at work with good people. Develop a network of professional resources that you can go to when you need help.

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Happiness & Success

At 25, I did not realize how important a happy life with a great partner is. I never thought anything would happen to end my first marriage — until it did. I expected our children to follow the same course in life, and have similar abilities and ambitions — most of which turned out not to be true. You must learn to adapt when your expectations are not realized, and take life for what it is and not what you dreamed.

My definition of success:

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Be a listener — listen more than you talk. Think before you act. Be strategic rather than tactical. Never lose sight of the importance of continuously strengthening your organization.

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Growing Older

Maintain a healthy attitude about the hand you are dealt in life. Be flexible and cheerful, and do what your doctor says — after you find a good one!

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