From the time you get up in the morning until your head finally hits the pillow at night, you are bombarded with choices. Some of them are important, and will carry long-lasting effects into the future. Others, like what you want for breakfast, are slightly less important in the scheme of things. Regardless, we all make countless decisions constantly. However, there is one decision which will rank above all the others: who you are going to marry.
In fact, Warren Buffett names meeting and marrying his first wife, Susan Thompson, as the second most important thing that ever happened to him.
“What happened with me would not have happened without her,” he said in an interview about the recent HBO documentary “Becoming Warren Buffett.” His first wife, who died in 2004, was influential in Buffett’s career path and personal journey.
Buffett has spoken many times about how important it is to surround yourself with people that you want to be like, and that idea is important when deciding who you want to marry. After all, your spouse is likely the person you’re going to be spending the most time with.
“You want to associate with people who are the kind of person you’d like to be. You’ll move in that direction,” Buffett said. “And the most important person by far in that respect is your spouse. I can’t overemphasize how important that is.”