The REAL Reason You’re Still Single

There are two big problems in dating.

1) You don’t want the people who want you.
2) The people you want don’t want you in return.

Now, take a look at those two problems; which one do you think you can change?

Most of us take the futile route of trying to change the second one – “How do I MAKE him like me?” “I’m exactly what he’s looking for!” “He doesn’t know what’s good for him.” But, as we’ve established a few hundred times on this blog, you can’t change anyone else’s thinking.

What you can change is YOU.

To be fair, it’s possible to “make” someone like you by becoming a more desirable catch – there’s no doubt that a man who earns more money, gains more confidence, and gets more experience will have a more positive dating life. But he’s not actually CHANGING women. He’s only changing himself.

But increasing your dating options can be a risky proposition, at best. Men can’t always make more money. Women can’t always lose weight. And as easy as it is to talk about gaining confidence and experience, most folks would rather sit on the sidelines and complain that the people you want don’t want you in return.

This is a waste of time.

In fact, the easiest remedy for an ailing love life is to want the people who want you.

In fact, the easiest remedy for an ailing love life is to want the people who want you.

It is anathema to suggest this, of course. Any conversation about opening up to more potential prospects leads us down the slippery slope to settling. And as the furor surrounding proved, nothing pisses women off more than the suggestion that they may be somewhat responsible for being single.

But, to be crystal clear, it’s not just women.

There are tons of 38-year-old male Ivy-League educated lawyers who just can’t find a single woman good enough for him. These guys, who are, like me, probably 7’s in looks and 9’s in intelligence, just can’t help but to go for women who are 9’s in looks, but 5’s in emotional intelligence/compatibility.

One of the things that I’ve often thought is that none of these men would marry someone like my wife, even though my wife is – objectively – just about the coolest woman on the planet. They’d have the same objections I did: a little too old, not a Harvard grad, blahblahblah.

The reason I’m bringing this up is that I made a CHOICE to find an amazing partner and create an amazing life – and all I had to do was give up that IMAGE that I’d had of dating a woman who was Just. Like. Me.

If you’re single, and never find anybody “good enough,” chances are that you do the exact same thing.

Today, I’m calling you out.

Because if you’ve been dating this way for 5, 10 or 20 years, there’s something that you’re not seeing.

And that something is this:

If a 42-year-old man says that he’s ONLY attracted to 9’s and 10’s who are in their late 20’s, that’s fabulous. But if NONE of the 9’s and 10’s he covets are interested in him in return, it only makes sense that this man needs to recalibrate his dating options. 6’s and 7’s are readily interested in him, but he doesn’t find them attractive enough. Without knowing this man, I think it would be clear that he’s overestimating himself. If he can get only 6s and 7’s in looks, he’s probably a 6 or a 7 in looks himself. Therefore, if he ever wants to get married, it would probably make sense to start appreciating the 6s and 7’s and choose the one that he’s most attracted to, who shares the same values and can be his best friend for life.

I’d think it would be hard to argue with that logic.

So should it be any more controversial if we flip the genders around?

If you think you “deserve” a certain kind of partner … and yet you’ve NEVER gotten him, you need to start considering another kind of partner.

If the 38-year-old woman MBA who owns her own condo, runs marathons, and can complete the Sunday New York Times crossword only likes 9’s and 10’s… but those same men always a) prefer younger women or b) ultimately break her heart because they’re egotistical, selfish narcissists who only want younger women and aren’t ready to settle down… should she keep holding out for them? Wouldn’t it make much more sense to marry one of the devoted 7’s who think she’s the bee’s knees?

Apparently not.

Because that would be settling.

And settling is bad.

Therefore, all of these amazing men and women remain single indefinitely. Because They. Will. Not. Settle.

They would rather tilt at windmills, trying to acquire a partner who DOESN’T want them, instead of realizing that the BEST partner for them is the one who WANTS them and VALUES them and thinks THEY are a catch.

And the culprit in all this? Our unrealistic expectations – of how we see ourselves – and of what we expect of our partners.

If you price a candy bar at $100 and there are no buyers, you need to lower the price of the candy bar.
If you think you “deserve” a certain kind of partner – not just someone who is rich, hot, and brilliant, but a rich, hot, brilliant partner who STICKS AROUND – and yet you’ve NEVER gotten him, you need to start considering another kind of partner.

The key is in letting go of the image you’ve been holding onto. Because real relationships aren’t about credentials; they’re about connection. And I truly believe there are thousands of people you can potentially be happy with… if only you didn’t have such a rigid idea of what it looked like.

Last night, I was coaching a favorite client, Katie, who is part of my Inner Circle AND a Passion Course member.

Katie is 58 and never married. Of course. She never wanted to settle.

After rebranding her on, she’s getting a ton of attention and is being chased down by two men simultaneously.

Tom is the brainy, charismatic one who talks about himself incessantly, sends template emails, and hasn’t followed up in a week.

Bill is a fun guy, makes her laugh, is a great kisser, and has followed up for four dates in two weeks.

Katie wanted to know how to make Tom like her and how to get rid of Bill. When we dug deeper, I learned that she was embarrassed at the thought of introducing her friends to Bob because he wasn’t as “sophisticated” as her other tony Connecticut friends.

I asked Katie, point-blank: Are you attracted to Bill? “Yes”

Real relationships aren’t about credentials; they’re about connection.

Do you have fun around Bill? “Oh, yes!”

Is he consistently good to you? “Absolutely. He’s crazy about me.”

So why are you trying so hard to run away? Because of what your friends think? Because Bill’s not what you’ve pictured in your head for 58 YEARS?

“Yeah, kind of.”

I’m delighted to report that Katie is going out with Bill again. And I wouldn’t be surprised if she “settled” her way into an amazing relationship.

By thinking you’re “better” than everyone who wants you, you’re eliminating the greatest source of love around – the person who wants you! And you may be surprised to find that you can be EXTREMELY happy with someone who doesn’t meet your preconceived image of your ideal mate.

I certainly have been.

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  1. 181
    pisces girl

    Forgot to edit the article before posting it -sorry:)

    He stayed just as cute and went on to make  partner at a prestigious accounting firm.

  2. 182
    John Bogulski

    I’m a 41 Year old single man I see no problem whith being single I’ve been to meny weddings whith my parents I’m carefree I can do what I want when I wanna do it when I wanna do it I don’t answer to any single female I answer to myself it’s great cause I don’t have a clue what I wanna do Other then going for walks I’m the longest single 41 Year old man I never was in love nor well I ever be I did have a Crush on a women whole in school she wanted baby’s I wantednothing to do whith it it was just a crush nothing more although she wanted me I did not feel the same about her no interest what so Ever I broke up whith her a Year after I finished school.Am I Board at times yes but I don’t feel any love

  3. 183

    this was the best article I ever read. I’m 34 and I’m still attracting men who have the education and success level I want but …. They don’t have the looks I want. The ones that have the looks I want don’t have the stability I want.

    I just realized how many 6’4 extremely handsome doctors out there. And those that exist are probably married. And if they’re single they probably want someone who looks like a model. I need to be realistic. I’ll let you know when I’m married! I think it will be soon now

  4. 184

    Well for many of us good men still looking for love which has become very difficult for us since so many women these days are very high maintenance, independent, selfish, spoiled, and very greedy, which has a lot to do with it now that many women have their careers and won’t settle for less. Many women do want rich men nowadays since it is very obvious that they will never go with a man that makes much less than them since many of the women today are making much more money than many of us men do. So this is a very excellent reason why so many of us men are single now which we really can’t blame ourselves at all. If i was lucky enough to meet a woman that makes much less than me, i really could care less. For many women today it is very sad to say that it is all about money for them, and many women these days choose money over love which it is a real shame.

  5. 185

    The 2 guys that I have in my life are. (That like me and i like them) 10’s. Dark and handsome. One tall and one a little shorter. Both very successful entreprenuers, attractive, charismatic. One about 30, the other 22. One travels around the world for his job and the other a professional dancer with entrepreneurial things on the side. Problem is that they have lots of women that throw themselves at their feet.

    One said “wow, you must have a lot of guys that like you.” i almost laughed but didnt…because here its like dating is dead and guys expect the girl to do the chasing. It’s hard when you’re a little more dorky than all the hotter women that like them haha….it makes me a bit nervous so I might just try to find people a little less desired by women. And they might be a bit too controlling…so it makes me wonder if it would be a healthy relationship.

    I know I can attract these types of men, the problem is that the area where I live there isnt much of a chance of meeting new ones. I live in a smaller city which is more of a retirement place. And most of the guys if they stay here after highschool are weird usually. I don’t like judging people but they are, they’re not men, but mama’s boys and they’re not high quality.

    When I went to california for a trip, guys were constantly eyeying me and if I initiated some form of conversation with them I know they would go on a date with me quickly.

    But here people are so weird the culture is weird. I feel completely undesirable, even though people say that guys check me out constantly., because i know that if i even talked to them it would take an enourmous amount of time and talking to even get one to budge and ask me out. They also seem to like more talkative life of the party type of girls…which I’m not at all. It’s like the guys expect the women to chase THEM. I don’t do that, unless I really must, but I think that’s why I’m able to attract guys who are more confident and manly than all of the mamas boys here that wish they could have me but are not man enough to do anything about it.

    I haven’t had one decent date here with those types of guys. How sad that the only guy that has asked me out in the last two months was a semi retarded man! I am very pretty!! And NO guys are asking me out. It’s like this weird culture of…”oh lets just hang out.” no! Thanks, I’d like a date. Lol

    And the girls that DO get dates are all extremely popular from highschool….sigh….

    I just feel so undesirable when they’re getting two or three dates a week and I’m here getting asked out by retarded people….no offence to retarded people…but when they’re the only guys to actually ask you out it’s really depressing!!

    Im almost tempted to just move somewhere else where the guys are better.

    It’s just awkward when more women are getting more dates than me, and I’m pretty amazing.


  6. 186

    Well. As a 4..and 54 yr old male. I now realize why I’m single.

  7. 187

    i enjoyed reading the article and in principal I agree. I’m a tall (6’8) educated guy who considers himself to be outgoing, funny, & athletic. I’ve been single for every one of my 33 years of existence. I approach girls all the time and never get dates so obviously no relationships. I don’t have a physical type and certainly don’t just go after 10’s, 9’s, 8’s, 7’s….girls don’t seem interested in me. When I observe it appears a girl may be interested but upon approach, nope.

    This article assumes somebody wants you, but this isn’t always the case for everybody. I’m not putting too much pressure on myself and happy single. I’d like to start dating and bring someone special into my life. Feels hopeless I’ve put much effort into it. Ugh

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