Finding Mr. Right is harder than it seems for professional women of color. What is the secret to finding true love?
"The Relationship Plan" – an interactive seminar created by entrepreneur Shannon O'Brien – shares the secret for women to find and nurture their true soul mate.
Twenty-three years ago, Newsweek magazine caused an uproar among single working women when it published a controversial article predicting that professional women over the age of 30 had a 3 in 100 chance of getting married.
According to the Newsweek report, women over 40 had a better chance of getting killed by a terrorist than of getting married.
Those numbers were way off.
It's not that bad, but it seems women over 30, especially women of color, do have a harder time finding someone to marry.
The percentage of women who have never married is high for African-Americans and U.S.-born Hispanics, with a 50 percent chance of never getting married.
Asian women have a two out of five chance of never getting married, while Caucasian women have a seven out of ten chance of getting married.
O'Brien created the "Relationship Plan" as a system to empower single women to filter out the wrong men and attract and identify "Mr. Right."
"Too many women do not have the ability to weed out 'bad men' and spend their time with 'good' men, said O'Brien, a successful entrepreneur, wife, mother, and motivational speaker.
According to O'Brien, too many women are so hurt by previous bad relationships that they walk around with a "leave me alone" scowl on their face, and then wonder why only undesirable men approach them.
"'The Relationship Plan' teaches women to create a plan of action to leverage their personal assets, project a positive self-image and identify the risks associated with investing their time in a prospective suitor," says O'Brien.
Is he Mr. Right or Mr. Wrong?
"As hard as it is to find a good man, that is the easy part," said O'Brien.
"Nurturing a relationship with a good man into a marriage or a long term committed relationship takes good communications skills and repression of the hurt caused by other relationships and so much more.
She calls "The Relationship Plan" seminar interactive, fun and eye-opening. It discusses the benefits of marriage and family, and how women can raise their expectations for the men in their lives.
O'Brien has been married to the same man for more than 21 years.
(Special to the NNPA from Black Voice News)