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Practical Planning Tip: Who You Decide To Marry - Supportive or Critical of Professional Pursuits

April 09, 2024

Today, we will discuss a spouse who is either Supportive or critical of professional pursuits: It’s rare for someone to leave high school, college, or even graduate school, and immediately start earning a high salary. Starting a business, working your way up the corporate ladder, or developing a reputation in your field doesn’t happen overnight. It’s common for careers and income to be built up over time. As the saying goes, “good things come to those who wait.” It’s imperative to have a spouse that can appreciate this reality and remain supportive during the process. Showing “support” doesn’t always mean agreeing with the approach you are taking; it may require offering constructive feedback when necessary. However, the key is for the couple to understand that most successful careers require playing the long game.

I have seen this play out on multiple occasions over my career. An impatient spouse who didn’t support the necessary time investment inhibited the other’s ability to reach their full career potential. This led to a stagnant income and an unfulfilling professional life.

I have also met with couples where both spouses are supportive of one another in their career pursuits. This has led to tremendous financial rewards, professional recognition, or both. Finding a partner who is willing to go on this journey with you and will remain supportive along the way can be a pivotal difference between earning a livable wage at a dead-end job versus creating a career and lifestyle of which you are both proud.

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