Let’s Talk About Love!

businessman-heartLove is not a topic I usually talk about with you. But if you are like most executives, your career takes up most of your time and energy. As a result, you likely find yourself too busy and too tired to devote the necessary energy to your connection with your life partner. So how do you reclaim the excitement and make the passion last?

The perfect topic for the weekend before Valentine’s Day!

Some of the principles for business success and relationship success are really quite similar. Think of things like goal-setting, prioritizing, cutting away the chaff and focusing of what really matters. These are some of the same principles that you bring to the office that also need to be brought to your romantic relationship.

Research shows if our romantic relationship is going well, we are fairly happy, even if our business life isn’t going so well. The inverse is true as well: if our business life is going great but our marriage is not, our happiness takes a deep dive.

Planning, prioritizing, and choice, as well as a mindfulness to bring this to your relationship are key ingredients to success. You’ve got to commit to your relationship as much as you do your career, or no matter how successful your career you’ll always be chasing happiness in your life.

But don’t just take it from me! This advice is straight from Buddha’s Bedroom.


Let me explain.

We recently had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Cheryl Fraser, author of Buddha’s Bedroom. Dr. Fraser is a Fulbright fellowship recipient, clinical psychologist, and Buddhist sex therapist, as well as an experienced meditation teacher. She writes about love and relationships, sexuality and passion, meditation and mindfulness, and what it takes to become a fully awake, happy, compassionate human being. She works mostly with senior-level executives on how to be happier people. Usually, that takes the form of essential Buddhist teachings of mindfulness and awakening applied to one’s love life.

I encourage you to listen to the interview. All too often we executives devote so much time and energy to our career goals that we lose sight of what we’re really working for. Dr. Fraser is an entertaining and enlightening person, and I am certain you will walk away from the interview with a better appreciation for your partner and the importance of devoting the same level of attention to him/her as you do that project you’re working on at the office… more probably.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, you can’t afford to delay!

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson

Mark Anderson is ExecuNet's president and chief economist. An Arjay Miller Scholar, Mark received his MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Yale University. He joined ExecuNet in 1993, with extensive marketing and new product and business development experience, having served as president and founder of A&M Associates, an investment management firm. Mark's corporate leadership experience includes several senior marketing and financial positions with RCA Global Communications (a GE subsidiary) and American Can Company.

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