If You Want To Be Successful, Marry Your Best Friend

“For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” – Ryan Holiday

Whether it’s a seminar, a conference, a book, or a personal development course, nothing will ever be as good for your success and personal growth than finding the person you’re going to marry.

Studies consistently show that married individuals live longer, they maintain better health, and they’re happier. Married individuals also do better financially than single individuals.

According to the book The Case for Marriage: Why Married People are Happier, Healthier and Better Off Financially,” Linda Waite and Maggie Gallagher provide evidence that shows that  even after controlling for age, education and other demographics, married people make 10 to 50 percent more than single people. And it’s not because financially successful people get married, but because a healthy marriage between two people who complement each other naturally leads to financial success

Why? Because being with someone who supports you naturally makes you a better person. They challenge you, they show you what you need to work on, and they push you farther than you could’ve ever pushed yourself.

It shouldn’t be surprising then that the average millionaire gets married early, many of whom got married before they were successful. These findings by Thomas Stanley suggest that if you want to be successful in life, you should find someone who complements you and who you can depend on.

The people who believe they don’t want to be in a relationship because they don’t want to be “tied down” in the pursuit of their goals have bought into the lie that love is somehow an obstacle to success, when in fact, it’s the catalyst.

If you want to be successful, find someone who complements you and who you can depend on.


3 thoughts on “If You Want To Be Successful, Marry Your Best Friend

  1. my husband and I are great examples of this best of this post. He takes away obstacles and encourages me to see the truth on whether I’m just afraid to try and use obstacles as an excuse or just plain afraid. He’s done this for 35 years and I’m/were so much better for it. Our retirement goals were the same so that has made our retirement comfortable and able to take care of unforscene things that life gives us..
    Great article!


  2. Woww.. I have always stayed away from relationships because I felt about relationships exactly like you said – that they are obstacles. And even though people have told me that one can be successful in spite of relationships, no one really says people are successful because of their relationship/marriage. So interesting point there. But I guess one has to also find the right person, right?


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