Executive dating: find a partner who understands ambition
by EliteSingles Editorial
When competing in the world of business, entrepreneurs often find that their professional lives end up being very time consuming. With energy channelled thusly, building a relationship can become a second priority. But we at EliteSingles don’t think it needs to be that way. We streamline the dating process, making it easier for busy executives to meet Canadian singles who understand ambition. Why not try us today?
Executive dating: can you balance work and love?
Forbes writer Paul Brown claims to have “never met an entrepreneur who has achieved a work-life balance”1 and indeed, entrepreneurs’ professional lives are more time-consuming than most. And, with close to two-thirds of Canadians working 45 hours or more per week,2 dating time can get put on the back-burner: after all, when one’s time and energy are channelled into business building, creating personal relationships can become a second priority. But if there was a way to strike a balance? What if you could succeed in your professional and in your dating life?
EliteSingles – here to make executive dating easier
In fact, many single entrepreneurs and single executives are finding that dating succefully is indeed possible; it just becomes a matter of looking in the right place. For those whose leisure time is limited, it makes sense to streamline the dating process. This is where EliteSingles can help, as our members understand what it is like to have business priorities: with an average age range of 30 – 55, many are in the prime of their careers; meaning they appreciate efforts to find a work/life balance. In other words, if you’re an executive who wants to meet vibrant singles who understand ambition, then EliteSingles is the right choice.
How business skills can better your love life
Entrepreneurial types may find that online executive dating suits them in terms of time, but as it happens, they may also find themselves at an advantage in the dating game. We spoke to Huffington Post columnist and entrepreneur Neely Steinberg on just this topic, identifying the key entrepreneurial characteristics business-owners need to apply to their personal lives in order to achieve dating success.3
Her basic idea? That taking ownership of a relationship and applying an entrepreneurial attitude means it’s easier to “feel inspired, more excited, and more motivated” when it comes to executive dating. For Steinberg, people that “see their dating experiences as purposeful” are the ones that succeed in love. This is something that is a nautual fit for the executive mindet: indeed, the ”curiosity, drive and spirit typical of successful entrepreneurs must be part of a relationship to make it last long-term.”
Otherwise, read on for more of Steinburg’s expert insights into the world of executive dating:
Be goal-oriented (and delegate!)
Steinburg believes that dating success comes from “us[ing] the same principles you’ve used to start and build your business in your love life”. This means setting clear goals (“what exactly do I want from a relationship?”), setting a strategy, allocating time in advance (and sticking to plans), using mistakes to improve, and taking incremental steps to get the results you want.
Apply lessons from business: if you really want a change and a new relationship, make it work by taking small, manageable steps. For busy professionals short on leisure time, it also pays to appeal to an organised business edge in the early stages of dating. Outsourcing this task to others – most obviously online dating agencies – is a convenient, efficient way to meet great people. Of course, this is a task made easier by choosing the right dating site – make sure to pick one like EliteSingles where you can meet singles truly on your wavelength.
Know your non-negotiables
Identifying deal-breakers early is crucial in business. It’s also crucial when building a solid relationship. Non-negotiables can be accidentally overlooked when people meet and begin dating – but this way lies heartache. If the aim is a lasting romance, it’s best to harness entrepreneurial ruthlessness and only date someone who genuinely meets your preferences, right from the start.
This rule is particularly appropriate when taking the executive dating approach, where non-negotiables can be stated early to filter matches and avoid time-wasting. In many respects, finding a partner is much like finding an investor, employee or partner in business. Think of dates similarly to meetings (though vary the conversation!) – it’s often quickly evident if there’s chemistry or they fit the bill, so keep an exit strategy in mind when dating to minimise wasted time. Learn from the process to continue to refine what exactly you want.
Stick with it – despite the challenges
Steinberg says that “it sounds tragically unromantic” but, much like leading a small business to success, ”you have to work at dating.” An entrepreneurial approach “helps you get through the tougher, more disappointing times…it’s important to feel a sense of excitement and have positive energy around the process”. Overcoming challenges is thus a key lesson to be taken from business.
Indeed, Steinberg suggests applying entrepreneurial resolve, rationality and perseverance to one’s dating life. Dealing with obstacles efficiently and constructively is, in fact, a hugely attractive personality trait; and using this attitude is a key route to long-term relationship success. It may also put you in their good books – as Steinberg argues, “if entrepreneurs can bring the same sense of curiosity, excitement, passion and energy that they bring to their business ventures to their love lives, they’ll make great dates. So why wait?
1 Paul Brown, writing for Forbes Online. ‘If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, there is no such thing as a work-life balance’, Found at http://www.forbes.com/sites/actiontrumpseverything/2013/07/14/if-you-want-to-be-a-successful-entrepreneur-there-is-no-such-thing-as-work-life-balance/#3fd7c1ac1aad
2 Josh O’Kane, writing for The Globe and Mail. ‘Canada’s work-life balance more off-kilter than ever’ Found at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/canadas-work-life-balance-more-off-kilter-than-ever/article4673216/
3 All Neely Steinberg quotes from a 2013 interview with EliteSIngles