Be vulnerable and work hard. It was always my instinct to hide my insecurities. I didn’t want anyone to think I was weak. But now I realize it’s okay. It’s okay to feel weak. It’s okay if you want to cry. I tell my interns to be authentic. Be real. If you get out there and you fail, it’s alright. What really matters is work ethic. If you have big dreams and goals, you’ve got to work hard to get where you want to go. I’ve worked really hard to get where I am. You have to take care of yourself, but if you want it you have to go for it.
You have to be responsible for your time and happiness. I’m much more secure now in my identity. For some reason, when I was younger, I put all these expectations on my partners to make me happy or to entertain me. If he didn’t entertain me, I thought, “What’s going on…why aren’t you entertaining me?” There must be something wrong with the relationship. I need a better relationship. That’s a recipe for disappointment. I didn’t need another relationship to make me happy, I needed to figure out what I needed.
You need your friends. When all your friends are his friends, that’s a sign you are dating a “controller”. What happens when you try to make a plan for the weekend? Is it all about him? Don’t get me wrong, you need your separate interests and your time with your friends. And you don’t have to have this big social life. But if you do have a social life and it is all his, and he resists meeting your friends, that’s a big watch out.
— 40-something, travel industry exec, remarried, Connecticut
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