Relationship Or Career – Do You Have To Choose?

As someone who has worked in the City for the last 6 years, I have become accustomed to the hustle, bustle and intensity city life brings. This intensity typically extends itself to home and personal life, often inflicting on the free time I would otherwise have available for friends, family or to sustain a relationship.

For the majority of the last 6 years, I have been single or dating, only in this most recent year have I been in a fully fledged relationship. Trying to balance my career ambitions while maintaining a happiness induced relationship has proved to be challenging at times but one that is surmountable by making a few lifestyle adjustments.

Firstly, you need to be committed in your own mind that being in that particular relationship is what you want long-term and helps move you towards your goals. If there’s a feeling that your partner is holding you back in a sense, it is important you spend some time reflecting and talking this through to understand if a compromise can be reached.

Once you’re at a point where you both mutually feel committed to building your lives together, it really comes down to using that compassion to make time for each other and have a focus on doing the little things. I recently came to realise that in my relationship at least, it is often the smaller things I do that lead to the biggest smiles. Writing notes, buying flowers, spontaneous text messages and unexpected phone calls are all contributing factors to show that you care and are committed to being with that person.

In summary, I don’t believe you have to choose between and a relationship or the pursuit of a career. With some investment in time management, doing the little things and communicating with each other – You can most certainly build a personal and commercial empire, together.

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