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Some women believe men have a whole secret life they live when their partners aren’t watching. And sure, we all have some habits we only let loose when alone like eating over the kitchen sink and picking our noses. But most men don’t go this far when nobody’s watching.
Potential can be one of the most dangerous things to depend on in a relationship. Time and again it seems women have gone out on a limb for men they liked who might not have had it all together, simply because she saw the potential for him to eventually have it all together. Life is unpredictable and can be filled with more curves than Amber Rose in a pair of black leggings. While this isn’t the appropriate time to discuss the economic challenges of black folks in general and black men in particular, it’s not unreasonable for a woman to want a man who’s able to handle his financial, as well as his emotional, health. Self-sufficiency is sexy, and there’s nothing wrong with wanting a man who can add to what a woman already brings to the table. With that said, dating a man full of potential isn’t necessarily a bad idea, but it would behoove women to do a better job of determining what a man’s potential is and if she’s willing to stick with him if he doesn’t fully live up to it.
First, the negatives. Dating a man with potential can be problematic if a woman isn’t able to see past it. Potential can blind a woman to some of the red flags that warn this might not be good partner in the long run. Many men, and people in general, are “on their way.” It can take years for a man to build the proper foundation necessary and many women are fine with working with a man who is working on himself (more on this later). The problem comes then, when women see the potential in men they may not see in themselves. While a man might be smart, charming, and have a plan or two about what he wants to do with his life, he still has to walk through those steps. Women should understand that simply having a plan isn’t enough. Goals without plans are simply dreams and if a man has the potential to do everything he says he wants to do but takes no (or very little) actual steps to achieve those goals, it’s very unlikely he’ll ever get to the finish line. Women often get trapped in these types of situations because it’s also very likely she’s been trying to help him realize his goals and has not only taken an active interest in supporting, but also investing. It’s like working on a slot machine for three hours and never winning much, only for the next person to come in and pull the lever to end up a millionaire. Women get trapped pulling on that same lever because they don’t want someone else to benefit from all the hard work they’ve already put in.
Now for the positive. I mentioned earlier that women like working with men who are working on themselves. The thing is, if a man has the potential to do great things and is actively working to achieve those great things, that suggests a much more stable situation. As a woman, if you can see a man with potential doing the necessary work to make himself into whomever it is he wants to be, there’s a higher chance he’ll be able to fully realize his goals. Potential by itself means nothing as, at some point, one still has to be able to prove they can do whatever they have the potential to do. Seeing a person realize their goals and aspirations is a beautiful thing and I’m sure many women would love to have a hand in a man’s success as women are naturally helpful and take great pride in having great men. Dating a man with potential who is actually doing something to actualize his potential is what makes this kind of man worthwhile.
I could probably write all day about the pros and cons of potential but here’s the best way to sum it up: Potential means nothing. Potential shouldn’t be judged in a vacuum and it shouldn’t be the only reason to date a man. If a man isn’t doing anything to live up to his potential, it’s an absolutely worthless trait to own. It’s a much smarter decision to date a man who not only has potential, but is actually doing something to realize it.
What’s the largest acceptable age gap between you and the man that you’re dating? There are around 15 reasons why we’re asking and most of them are the sexy salt and pepper celebrities on this list.
We don’t find 41 too old at all. And if the British powerhouse came knocking on our door, we’d definitely answer — that is until we saw the trailer for No Good Deed.
Ever wondered why he never called you back? Or why that relationship ended out of nowhere? Men aren’t great at saying what’s on their mind, but don’t believe him when he says there’s nothing on it. Here are 15 things he won’t tell you about yourself.
You Should Keep the Hedges Trimmed
It’s a matter of perspective. If you had a regular view of the work area, you’d probably be more diligent about keeping it relatively clear. Nothing wrong with taking a hand mirror and asking yourself if it couldn’t use a little clearing.
What can I do? There’s a guy I really like who stopped calling and I don’t even know why.
Brande: Men do this a lot and most times women never get the closure they’re looking for. It’s not right, but it is what it is. Reach out to him once to call him out on disappearing; if he doesn’t answer or give you a sufficient explanation, accept the fact that he’s moved on, be grateful he’s out of your life, and do the same.
Lauren: Some men stop calling because they need time to reflect on your relationship before taking it to the next level. Some stop because of something you said and some vanish into thin air for no reason at all. Whatever the cause for his disappearance, don’t dwell on the situation. Do not blow up his phone or send excessive text messages. What you should focus on is making a note of his behavior and how it makes you feel and if he calls you again, be sure to address it. This will help establish effective communication, so no one is left in the dark about unacceptable behavior.
Jazmine: Most times, when a man truly wants you he makes it undeniably evident. Reach out once and ask him what’s up. If his explanation seems off, cut your losses and move on. I’d also suggest you not waste too much time dwelling on possible reasons why he stopped calling. Unfortunately, you may never know why. Just keep moving forward. I’m sure there are plenty of other men out there who would love to get to know you.
Veronica: Unfortunately, there isn’t much you can do. But I understand your frustration, you want to be like “At least have the decency to tell me what happened!!” If you really must know, you can reach out one more time and ask what happened but, honestly, you should prepare yourself for not getting the closure you desire. He may not answer. And if he doesn’t, I’d strongly advise you to leave it alone — on to the next. It’s a lot easier for people (men and women) to just drop off the face of the earth than to express to someone that they’re no longer interested. It’s a punk azz move. And nobody wants to date a cowardly lion. I’d bet good money that his inability to communicate directly and effectively will show up in other places in his life as well. And long term, someone like that may cause a lot of headaches.
Victoria: If you felt like there was a connection at some point, it doesn’t hurt to hit him up (it’s 2014 so we shouldn’t just wait for men to call us) to chat or to hang out. If he’s not responsive, then you know he’s not serious. Hey, sometimes men we’re feeling aren’t really feeling us. It’s happened to everyone. Feel free to feel some type of way about it, but not for too long. Besides, it’s best to be rid of those type of wishy washy men early on…
Women have to be careful when it comes to who they trust with their hearts. Luckily, men are great at giving signals that you should head for the hills. If you meet any of these types of men, it just makes sense to keep on looking.
Any Man Whose Favorite Word Is “Huh?”
“Where are you?”
“Who is Whitney?”
That goes double if his explanation stars with “What had happened was…” Not only is this man a liar, but he can’t even be bothered to come up with good ones.
He teases you about how long it takes you to get dressed, and says things like “you don’t need all of that makeup.” But don’t let him fool you — beneath all of that bravado, he’s struggling with insecurities too.
How He Looks Naked
He’s not always turning the lights down low to improve the mood.
Some guys can be surprisingly clueless when it comes to sex. If he’s still making these beginner mistakes, it could be time to have that awkward conversation about why doing it with him just isn’t doing it for you.
Foreplay Is Always Necessary
Instant rip-your-clothes-off chemistry is rare. Women are just wired to warm up. But if he’s willing to put in the time it’s better for everyone involved.
If being hit on is one of the last things you want to happen while you’re out running errands or having some you time, then steer clear of these places! Men know you’re there, and they show up ready to spit game.
It’s 2014 and we’re all created equal…right? Men and women may be on more even footing than ever before, but there are still a few limits on us ladies lives. Quite a few if you really think about it.