(This post is the third post of the series, “Marriage: The Most Important Investment of Your Life“)
I confess. When I dropped to a knee and proposed to my wife, I was a nervous wreck. Wanting to nail my proposal speech in perfect Italian was part of it. The thought of the engagement ring somehow falling in the river and the Venetian Coast Guard scouring the waters for my lost treasure also played a role. More than anything, I was overwhelmed with the thought that one word was about to determine the course of my life for the next seventy-plus years. Right up to that moment, marriage was some abstract concept. When my wife said, “Yes”, the notion of marriage became real – very real.
In my line of work, I often field the question, “What is the best investment you ever made?” Without fail, I answer, “My wife.” Please suppress any impulse to label me as a “sweet guy” or make a comment along the lines of, “how romantic.” Yes, I love my wife immensely. She is great – beautiful, intelligent, ambitious, caring, a wonderful mother; I could go on for pages. However, the ROI (return on investment) on my beloved wife is approximately a gazillion percent, far outpacing the paltry triple-digit returns of some of my stock investments. I will reap the dividends of this masterful decision for many decades to come. My keys to success: a highly selective screening process and extensive due diligence.
About the Blogger
Keith has been married for 3 years and is a proud father of one. He is pursuing his MBA degree at Chapel Hill and will graduate in 2011 with a vision to help people reach their financial goals. A native of Washington, D.C., Keith is a CFA charterholder and co-founder of IT’S TIME, an organization dedicated to help youth excel academically, socially and professionally.