Business & Dating Are More Similar Than You Think!
Have you ever struggled with business and the dating scene? If so, this is your lucky Life by Design issue! In this article you will learn how you can have both.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT. Prior to meeting my girlfriend, I was single for 1 1/2 years. I invested time to work on myself and improve. When I got into business, I started engulfing myself into more personal development to gain knowledge.
I encourage you to never stop learning and never stop growing yourself as a person of character and integrity. You begin to achieve a stronger mindset and confidence for both business and dating. Don’t you love confidence?!
RELATIONSHIP BUILDING. In business you must be able to be known, liked, and trusted. If you are missing any of the three, don’t expect the business relationship to move forward. Ladies and gentleman, that doesn’t change in the dating world; right?
Always remember that relationships are not built in a day and trust isn’t necessarily earned right away. For both dating and business, building that relationship is crucial to moving forward in a positive direction.
VALUE DRIVEN. My biggest focus in business and in my relationship is value. For both I ask myself, “What can I do to bring more value?” If you have nothing to bring to the table, the structure of your business won’t last. If you don’t add value to the person you want to date, don’t expect that to last, either.
I challenge you to be self-aware of your strengths. Of course value is perceived in different ways to different people. So figure out what value you bring in business and in the dating scene. Remember, providing value has to be a mutual benefit, and you should also be seeking value in business and relationships where it is a win-win.
SALES. Everything in your everyday life can be related to sales. Many times people say they hate sales. Sales are all about listening, recognizing needs, and being able to meet those needs.
I encourage you to remember you are your own product. We sell ourselves daily to new business partners, investors, clients, and, of course, potential significant others. In order to be successful in both worlds, don’t you find it best to bring your best self?
FAILURES. Let’s just keep this one simple. In business and dating we always have to accept the fact that there will be risk and there may be failures. Sometimes we know early on after testing the waters that we may not want to pursue certain business ideas, partnerships, or future dates. The important thing is to ask ourselves the right questions and recognize what went wrong, where we can improve, or to know when to not pursue. Then push forward and try again.
In conclusion, I highly encourage you to understand that risk in dating and business is always a possible factor. Many times business can be rough, just the same as dating. There may be factors that were unforeseen or some new facts pop up. However, the one thing you can control is bringing your best self. My fellow entrepreneurs, my challenge to you is this: strive to be the version of you that you would want as part of your life. I promise when you shoot for excellence and take personal pride in yourself, dating and business gets easier, less complicated, and, therefore, you become happier.
Jeff Rollon is a serial entrepreneur, author, business coach, and philanthropist. He enjoys helping others while living with a positive attitude and a strong entrepreneurial spirit. His passion is helping budding entrepreneurs get started and profitable within their first year in business. www.JeffRollon.com