Should You Compromise Your Career For Your Relationship?

Life & Love | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 01/10/2014 | 01:00 PM EST

Gabrielle Union says she’s putting her fiancée before her career...let’s discuss

In a recent issue of Glamour magazine, Gabrielle Union admitted that her much-talked about break from now fiancée Dwyane Wade had a lot to do with her busy schedule.

"I finished filming [Being Mary Jane]. Then I flew to Vegas right away to start shooting Think Like a Man Too. I couldn't take time off, and I missed some quality togetherness we desperately needed,” the 41-year-old actress said.


"Over the summer, I reassessed priorities," she said. "I'd always wanted an awesome career with back-to-back projects, but I realized I wasn't willing to sacrifice my relationship for it."

Though the entire world is still debating on whether or not it was wise for Union to get back with Wade, 31, after news broke that he had fathered another child during their “break,” it appears that she has made the decision to not only take him back but to put him first.

In today’s woman thou art, age of the career woman we live in today, Union’s comment is a divergence from what is normally expected. Love and career are extremely important to most people, so much so that many will do their best to have both without compromising one over the other.

Hypothetically speaking, if you were in Union’s shoes, where your career was overriding your relationship, would you compromise it all in the name of love?

Having a good and healthy relationship can be hard to come by. With all the women complaining about how hard it is to find a good man, it makes sense that one would do all that is possible to keep the a relationship thriving. But on the other hand, one’s career is just as, if not more important than romance. It’s your livelihood, your reputation and, for some, it’s tied into who you are and how you identify yourself. So it would come to no surprise that very few career women would be willing to sacrifice their business for the sake of their man.

But what if a woman does indeed decide to compromise her career for her relationship - does that make her wrong? Women take a lot of heat for putting their careers first, oftentimes being called selfish. So the concept of putting your relationship in high priority would, ideally, be embraced by most. Ultimately, though, whether you’re a man or woman, deciding what’s more important - relationship or career - is something that should be based on your personal needs. You’re not a bad person either way you flip the coin. Just be sure that where you make the sacrifice is worth it.

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