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By Julie Redwood
There are very few moments in your life where you meet the right person that is meant for you. Would you hesitate, afraid? Or would you let those little moments pass you by?
Relationships, like business take lots of work. In many ways, it’s also like a baby, so if you want to be a family, there are things that you have to do to nurture it to grow. If youre relationship is on the rocks, rather than throwing in the towel, perhaps, the two of you should take a different approach by working together as though you are business partners instead, only with added romance.
Learning how your partner approaches business can be quite telling in how he will treat your relationship or marriage. Here are some ways that thinking like business partners can improve your relationship with each other. It might not sound romantic, but the payoff is well worth it.
#1) Failure Makes You Stronger
As little girls, we are often taught that it’s just as easy to love a rich man as it is to love a poor man. What this teaches us is to go after what is easy. Landing a successful partner who already has a loaded bank account, a beautiful home and more is just icing on the cake if they are just as kind hearted and caring on the inside as the showy outside.
However, living a lavish life where everything is always handed to us is not teaching us the value of perseverance. I’m not saying to turn down any man who is successful, but when you find someone who may not have it all, but is determined to have the perfect life, the journey is what makes the relationship all the more worthwhile.
When you are building a business, you try your best to bring it to it’s fullest potential, you don’t throw in the towel immediately with the thought that no one wants your products. The same can be said for building a strong bond. Growing together, learning from your mistakes and being there through thick and thin will only make you stronger in the end.
#2) How Your Partner Solves Problems
How did the person you are with solve the problems within their business? Did they immediately hire a lawyer to settle any dispute or did they stand their ground and fight until the going got tough?
This says a lot about the kind of person that you are dealing with should the two of you ever get into a heated battle with each other. Will he fight for you or will he immediately run to the designated lawyer for a divorce?
Since we spend most of our time building a business that is at the beginning stages, how we approach difficult times says a lot about us in whether or not we would make good business leaders and people, in general. This applies to marriage and dating as well. Will he act like like a crybaby when he finds out that you make more money than him or will he roll with the punches in hopes that whatever happens in life, you’ll go at it together and support each other?
#3) Consider the Service Offered
Most of us wouldn’t necessarily continue to go to a place where the customer service is lacking and the products are shoddy. As customers we would simply take our business where we are more appreciated, and obtain products that will last a lifetime.
We should view relationships in the same manner. Rather than looking at the salesperson at face value, we should instead look at what their service provider offers. One of the characteristics of salespeople are that their main goals are to win customers, while customer service representatives are more focused on meeting the needs of the customers and making sure that they are happy.
Questions to consider, such as , does the customer service department meet my needs in a timely manner? Do they take the time to listen to my story or grievance before making a decision? Are they always there when I need them? These are the same questions that one should consider when finding a partner to last a lifetime.
Romance is what most of us want and is the ultimate sales pitch. The goal is to build a relationship that will last a lifetime as well as one that will not give us products that don’t work.
In business, as well as romantic partnerships, it’s easy to be compelled to settle, but in the end if the product doesn’t work for us, we are less likely to stick with that company. In other words, we teach people how to treat us, which is why the way someone handles a business is probably the same approach they will take in love.
Let us know what you think. Do you think that business and romance parallel? Do you think that a person who invests a lot of time in a business will invest just as much in a relationship? Advice is always welcome.