How to successfully date a non-entrepreneur?
Hello my dear brothers and sisters from Uranus!
These earthbound humans start lazing around from Friday (today) evening all the way to Monday morning, before dragging themselves to work. While they refer to this as a ‘weekend’, you very well know that for ETreps (EnTrepreneurs) like you and me, there is no distinction between weekday and weekend – we enjoy working 24×7, if we are provided that opportunity.
While that may seem like every ETrep’s dream come true, that’s definitely not good in the long term. More importantly, with respect to the objective of this series of articles – i.e., finding a suitable mate here on earth – it would spell spectacular failure.
Let’s face it. Given the far fewer number of ETreps currently on earth, the fact that we might have to find a suitable human mate is a looming reality. Well, this need not be scary business at all. More importantly, you don’t need to worry about your offspring looking like “maanvars” from the recently released Krrish 3, who are apparently a cross between humans and animals. I did my research – it was just figment of imagination from the depths of Mr Rakesh Roshan’s right brain.
It’s actually quite simple to work your way through a romantic relationship with an earthbound human, with a few simple tools and skills by your side. Some of them are mentioned below. Read on.
Lesson 1: Earthbound humans have a non-work related life!
While this may come as a big surprise to you (it did to me), this is something we have to learn to deal with. Apparently, they like to ‘hang out’ with other earthbound humans, talking about other earthbound humans whom they might or might not even know. My research of primate social interactions has shown that this mechanism of interaction has evolved over millennia, as a means for these humans to gain social validation and also feel good.
Skill – Do not start every sentence with some work-related content if you would like to have the hope of finding a mate
Skill – Do not answer every polite query about “how was your day” with a full blown explanation of how your key developer messed up an API that morning and how your social media post had low engagement levels. It’s a sure shot way of repelling humans as if you were a skunk.
Lesson 2: Potential mates prefer to spend quality time with each other
My extensive research on what qualifies as “quality time” has taken me to thousands of cafes and restaurants across the world. There are definitely some major visual differences in how couples spend time in different parts of the world. For example, in the US and Canada it would be perfectly acceptable for potential mates to touch their lips and exchange certain bodily fluids in public. However, it might get you beaten up or give you an overnight pass at the local jail if you and your mate came within bodily-fluid-exchange perimeter in some parts of India where certain non-uniformed cops that everyone calls ‘moral police’ thrive. Although visually noticeable behaviour might be different, there are certain common skills that seem to work across the world.
Skill – Sitting with your smartphone or laptop open while your potential mate sits across the table does NOT qualify as quality time. It is frowned upon as against the social etiquette
Skill – Be knowledgeable about current affairs (was it Rahul rolling up his sleeves or NaMo stating historically incorrect facts?), social topics such as movies (someone give Ranveer Singh some clothing), movies (what is Dhoni’s current hairstyle?). Apparently, that is how humans discover each other’s interests and potential long term compatibility.
Lesson 3: ‘Interesting’ humans are good at many things
Having a one-track mind focused on business might get you good business results, but that might not necessarily be the best strategy to generate interest in potential mates. Such an ETrep is usually slotted as uni-dimensional and relegated to the back of minds.
Skill – Back before you left Uranus and landed up on earth, you would have been endowed with an interest. Something that you used to make time for when you were a baby ETrep, crawling on all fours and needing a diaper change every two hours. What was it again? A sport? A creative art? Running?
Be sure to master these skills before you venture out there. Who knows, you might end up finding a nice earthbound human to spend your life with!
Previous posts in the series:
Episode 2: Why marriage is like IPO