No risk, no reward

In life, when we want something, we often have to take a risk.  Want a new job?  Better put together that resume and send it into the ether for your potential new employers to see.  Want to be a success in business?  Perhaps quit a job (as I did) or invest in something (or someone) you’re not 100% sure about.  Want to meet the right partner?  Join an online dating site, go to a speed-dating event, or even just tell friends you’re single and you’re willing to be set up.  Rarely do the things we want in life the most come to us neatly wrapped with a bow on top.  Even the most successful people know this.

Lewis Katz, who very unfortunately passed away this weekend in a plane crash, as most of us in the area know, took many risks.  He bought companies, he went against the grain, he started charter schools, and he succeeded.  He could have gone the traditional route and worked at a law firm his whole life, but he didn’t.  He was also my dad’s law partner at Katz, Ettin & Levine in Cherry Hill, so he meant a lot to our family.

In keeping with the theme of taking chances, when dating, it’s important to put yourself out there to get what you want.  Why do many of us think happiness will simply find us when we least expect it?  A client even recently emailed me about a guy who, unfortunately, didn’t work out in the relationship department.  She wrote, “I just wanted the easy route, which was a guy who liked me to show up and be perfect, but I guess that has kind of a fairy tale ring to it. Oh well.” Sadly, as she’s starting to realize, that’s just not how it works.  In online dating, and dating in general, good things don’t come to those who wait.  Good things come to the proactive. 

Many people go online or go to a speed-dating event and expect to find their “one and only” simply by signing up or logging in.  It takes a bit more energy than that.  But don’t worry—all of the effort isn’t for naught. Let’s look at a few steps in the process:

Signing up for an online dating site for the first time

Remember, finding the love of your life takes time and work.

Going on a first date

While you always hope that each one may be your last first date, just go in looking for great conversation and some things in common.

Going to a social event

It’s okay if your future spouse doesn’t sweep you off your feet at the event.  Just go to have a good time and meet some new people.

Going to a wedding

I know they say weddings are a great place to meet people, and one of my best friends actually moved across the country to be with a wonderful man she met at a wedding, but it’s rare that the circumstance works out as well as it did for them.  If you’re going to a wedding solo, just enjoy the event, stuff your face with hors d’oeuvres, and partake heavily in the open bar if you so choose (but remember that too much may scare away that cutie or stud staring at you from across the dance floor). 

It will likely take some effort to find the right person (and you may have to kiss a lot of frogs), but throughout the process, you learn what you like and what you don’t like.  As Carrie once said on Sex and the City, “People go to casinos for the same reason they go on blind dates—hoping to hit the jackpot. But mostly, you just wind up broke or alone in a bar.”  Love is out there, but, just as the other important things you may want in life, it may take some grit and some risks to find it. 

Lewis, you will be sorely missed.

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