Hometown: Santa Monica, CA
Occupation: Business Development/Philanthropy
In your opinion, what are the top three factors in creating a successful relationship?
The top 3 factors in creating a successful relationship are trust, passion and timing. Trust is the foundation of any relationship and without it, nothing is possible. I have experienced and witnessed relationships with little or no trust and they literally tear at the seams. There must be a steady foundation of trust or you will find yourself second guessing everything. Passion is that intangible quality that is so key to maintaining a fun, spontaneous bond between the two of you. It makes you crave to have someone around you and it assures you that you are with someone unique. Lastly, timing is so key. If both people aren't in the same place in their lives or hearts, all the other factors are useless. Nothing can compare to two open hearts ready and willing to embrace each other and make it work.
If you were independently wealthy, would it affect what you look for in a mate? Why or why not?
What you look for in a mate should not change based on outside factors, such as wealth and status. I have been in different stages of my life where I have dated men that are worlds apart in "type", yet some things always remain the same. What I look for are qualities that have more to do with someone's character and strength; those qualities come in all shapes, sizes and success levels. The only thing that would change if I were independently wealthy is that I would probably have to question what motivations someone might have for wanting to date ME!
Why do you think it's so difficult to meet that special someone?
Meeting that special someone is a process in not only finding that special person, but also coming to a place within yourself where you feel open and ready to accept him/her. Finding someone extraordinary takes time and patience. But you can't go about it thinking that a "dream" person will one day show up and you will be happily ever after. You have to BE that special someone first, which takes vulnerability and openness. The best thing you can do is to work on being the person that would attract the kind of person you are looking for....and then you will.