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success changes happy African American man and woman couple standing together outside under a tree.

Success and status affect a relationship—whether we want to admit it or not. It can affect it in wonderful ways, like offering financial security and eliminating arguments about how to pay rent or afford a vacation. It can also help the successful person feel more confident and at ease—helping them actually focus less on proving themselves. But success can also make it difficult to keep the same dynamic you and your partner had when you were just starting out in your careers, young, hungry, hopeful, curious and creative. Those were fun years! Money and success don’t have to change people, but they can. Most psychologists and life coaches will tell you that so long as you’re right with yourself before you become successful, then money will only make you better. But if you have unresolved issues, money can destroy you. Here is how success changes relationships.

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It can make your partner question his worth

If one person achieves a lot of career success and the other one doesn’t, the less successful one can become a bit insecure. They may start wondering, “Wouldn’t my partner rather be with someone as successful as she is? I better have something good happen for me soon or my partner will start to think I’m a loser.”





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