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Marriage is life’s most difficult challenge, but it is also life’s most rewarding triumph. More and more of us each day are being raised in single parent households. Our parents are divorced so when we get married, divorce is automatically an option for our troubled marriage. Today’s generation is comfortable with divorce. Divorce is what we know. What we don’t know are the benefits of a successful marriage. How could we know the benefits of a successful marriage when many of us have neither witnessed nor reaped the benefits of a successful marriage?

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Switching out relationship partners is becoming the norm but in corporate America many people do not switch jobs for fear of losing their benefits. When you get the job you are told what the benefits are right up front. I wish marriage was like that. We go to the dentist, the doctor and we get our vision checked. We take advantage of our benefits. They have value to us. Job benefits make us stable employees. People keep jobs longer than they stay married these days because they have experienced the benefit of having a job but do not know the benefits of marriage. Here are just a few of some of the benefits of my marriage:

Benefits Of My Marriage

1.) We are going to build wealth.

2.) We are going to retire early (and kick it).

3.) We are going to pay off a house (a big house).

4.) We are going to have something to pass down to our children (greenbacks).

5.) We are going to be able to pay for college for our children.

6.) Our children will understand the benefits of marriage.

7.) We will have many, many, years of joy, happiness and peace. We will live longer than you.

8.) We are building a legacy. Fifty years from now a picture of my wife and I will be on t-shirts at the family reunion in our honor.

9.) Each of us will be loved until death do us part.

10.) We won’t have to date you.

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Your problem is that you are too lazy to build yourself a spouse. You want to hear a knock at the door and then you want a ready-made perfect spouse to pop up and out of a box and start cutting the grass or frying chicken. The benefits listed above are not intrinsic to marriage. These benefits are not handed to you upon your signature on the marriage license. You have to desire, deserve and earn these benefits here baby! These benefits are acquired over time through compromise, negotiation and sacrifice. My wife and I are both hard to please because we have extremely high expectations of each other. These expectations maintain the balance in our marriage which ensures the benefits of our marriage.

Because I wrote a book many of you think that I have been perfect my whole life. My wife built me first.

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