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10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Partners

10 Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Make Great Partners

You, like most everyone around you, have a small, distant dream of running your own business — perhaps a sports bar or a bookshop. However, you, like most everyone around you, will never do anything about it. Still, there is a small group of people who aren’t afraid of chasing their dreams, wherever they may lead.

These people are entrepreneurs, and even though you might not be one of them, here’s why you definitely want to hitch your wagon to one of their galloping horses.

1. They Are Confident

By the time you are an adult, you should understand that beauty isn’t everything — confidence is. A person who knows who she is and isn’t afraid of showing it is undeniably sexy.

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Entrepreneurs have to be inherently confident individuals, as they are constantly risking it all to make their businesses work. Every once in a while, an entrepreneur’s self-assurance might veer slightly into arrogance, but more often than not, easy confidence is what keeps entrepreneurs (and their partners) successful and happy.

2. They Know How to Handle Finances

Starting a business is expensive, and at the outset, every penny must be accounted for and allocated appropriately. This practice in the work place prepares entrepreneurs for handling their personal finances, which means you never have to worry about your entrepreneur partner going over budget at the store. Plus, when you get serious and combine bank accounts, you won’t ever have to worry about balancing your checkbook again.

3. They Know All the Best New Places

An entrepreneur has to have his fingers at the pulse of the community to understand exactly what his customers want and when. As a result, entrepreneurs tend to know about the cool stuff in town before everyone else, which means your date nights will always be spectacular.

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4. They Know How to Make You Feel Good

While entrepreneurs may provide the energy for their various ventures, they usually understand that it is their employees that keep their small businesses running strong. Startups need to keep good employees around, which usually means making them feel positive and motivated. Thus, an entrepreneur knows how to keep other people feeling good, which will keep your spirits up every day.

5. They Go Big

Taking risks is an essential part of being an entrepreneur, since in business the meek rarely survive. When audacity is such an integral part of your partner’s personality, you should start expecting some big, bold displays of affection.

6. They Understand the Value of Hard Work

Most people have dated that person who has a hard time getting out of bed in the morning. It is unendingly frustrating to coerce your partner into doing anything when he is a couch potato. Entrepreneurs don’t have time for such idleness, and they devote nearly every second of their days to doing something productive, whether it is improving their business or helping you clean the house.

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7. They Truly Appreciate Down Time

In fact, it is just that devotion to working hard that allows entrepreneurs to be fully grateful for any free time they find. Instead of wasting their off-hours on video games or the internet, entrepreneurs want to get the most out of their time away from work, which usually means a whirlwind romantic experience with you.

8. They Are Competitive and Cooperative

On the one hand, you don’t want a partner who fights you tooth and nail on every issue; on the other hand, you never want to date a pushover. In business, entrepreneurs learn that both competition and cooperation are vital to success, and often, they have a better sense of when each is appropriate in relationships as well.

9. They Solve Problems

All partners — even entrepreneurs — will fight sometimes, but not all partners are equipped with the skills to overcome any problem that comes between them. Entrepreneurs are faced with challenges every day, which means they have experience tackling all sorts of problems from various angles. Sometimes, you and your partner simply must approach the issue a different way to find happy resolution.

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10. They Never Give Up

The biggest reason entrepreneurs are different from the rest of us is that they boast an uncrushable spirit. Even when their problems seem insurmountable, entrepreneurs charge ahead without fear. An entrepreneur knows better than to give up on any good thing, including the person he or she loves. Even when times get rough, your partner will stay by your side, no matter what it takes.

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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