A new study shows that when a wife succeeds more than her husband, his ego takes a hit. But if her success is less, he feels better about himself.
Old stereotypes and gender roles obviously come into play. But in this day and age, and with this economy, people in relationships should focus on their partnership. Envy undermines a relationship. It holds back success. It’s just plain silly.
Who Cares Who Succeeds More
As we’ve pointed out before, entrepreneurs don’t think win-lose. You can’t have a fulfilling relationship with this mentality. A good partner doesn’t place their self-interest above another.
Entrepreneurs that succeed think win-win. They build a relationship that shares an equal consideration of interests.
Coopetition is necessary in this competitive world. Sure, you can determine that you alone must be the one to succeed more to get the bigger piece of the pie. But isn’t it easier and more rewarding to work with someone to make the pie bigger?
To live life on your own terms, you have to be happy with yourself and proud of where you are. You can’t compare yourself to anyone else. Achieve your own goals. Don’t envy someone for achieving theirs.
We are fortunate to be partners in life and business:
- A win for one of us is a win for the team.
- We are both competitive but not towards each other.
- We both strive for excellence which motivates us to achieve our best.
- We both have weaknesses that are balanced by our individual strengths.
We bump in to other modern day power couples all the time:
- She’s a professor at a University; he’s going back to school.
- She’s a bank president; he’s taking care of the home and family.
- She’s the team leader for a real estate company; he’s a realtor.
- He’s a best-selling author; she’s taking care of his marketing and promotions.
- He’s pursuing a career in public speaking; she’s overseeing their existing business.
- He’s the company CEO; she’s taking care of the home and family.
It’s not about gender roles. It’s about teamwork. It’s not about competition. It’s about cooperation.
Relationships aren’t about who succeeds more, they’re about combined efforts to achieve BIGG Success.
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