Thanks Larry Shulman

A review of Ahead of the Curve appeared on Amazon today by the parent of an HBS alumnus. It’s one of the most satisfying I’ve received – not because it’s so nice – but because it focuses on the most important stuff in the book, from my perspective. How do we balance our professional and material wants with our personal, relationship needs? Larry Shulman wrote:

“As the father of a recent HBS graduate, I was drawn into the book to understand more about the inside workings of Harvard. As a graduate of a community college in New York, and the father of eight children, and owner of a 30 year successful technology business, I quickly realized that this book was about true success. The balance of family, love of work, and of course, making a living. The chapters replayed much of what my daughter talked about, but I could now truly understand the life and pressure of those embarking on this trip. It was amazing to hear from somebody almost half my age that he truly understood what most people didn’t.He heard of the loss by those that did not follow their hearts, but allowed the brand they wore to set their direction in life. The guilt I sometimes feel for being a parent that pushed their child to fufill their own dreams is now diminished, since I know, just like Philip chose to stay true to his heart, my child may elect to do the same. This book is not aobut Harvard, it is about life. I want to thank him. Although many books have talked about life-work balance, “ahead of the curve” shows us what we need to consider when raising our children, and helping them in their life choices.”

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