My good friend was a very successful businessman. Then due to several mistakes he made in his business, he lost everything. Things were so difficult, he and his wife and daughter had to move in with his mother-in-law. They were so broke they couldn't afford to buy clothes for their growing daughter. His wife had to sew clothes for her.
Together, they learned from the mistakes he made in his business, gradually rebuilt and were successful again. They were much closer and he felt his love for wife grew.
When my friend tells this story, he says, "I couldn't have done it without my wife. Marrying her was the best thing I ever did." Other men are often jealous.
Many men have dreams and ambitions, and part of their dream is having a wife who will help them reach their goals.
That great man loves his woman more than anything in the world. With his amazing woman at his side, he will say, "I'm the luckiest man in the world to have her as my wife."
Here are six ways to become that woman:
1. Be his partner
A man wants to feel that, together, he and his wife can overcome every challenge and conquer the world. A man often assumes a woman knows how important this is to him. He will tell her about his goals to see if she wants to be his partner in achieving them. Show him that you'll stick by him through anything.
2. Help him
If your husband asks you to help him with an endeavour, especially where he needs someone he trusts, try your best to help him. A man believes that with his wife's help, he can accomplish things he couldn't do without her. Look for ways to help him.
3. Be loyal
The great woman behind a great man is beside him in good and bad times. Their success together is not because they had very few challenges. They had a lot of challenges, but they took them on together and grew closer as a result. Let challenges bring you closer, not draw you apart.
4. Be supportive
Great people rarely succeed on their first try. There are often setbacks. When he feels discouraged, help bring him up. He trusts a great woman to talk to about his doubts. It means a lot to him when you encourage him to have faith in his abilities. Show him that you're on his side.
He looks to you for thoughtful feedback. If you think what he wants to do is a good idea, tell him. If you think it's not a good idea, too risky or he's acting rashly, tell him why. Communicate in the way he needs to hear it. Use words and a tone of voice that will make him feel respected and thankful for your comments. Your thoughts are valuable to him.
If you think it would help him achieve his vision, encourage him to take on challenges that will help him grow. Also encourage him to develop skills that you think will help him succeed.
Preparing yourself to become a great woman will eventually lead you to an amazing man if you don't already have one. Work on these six traits to help improve your relationship and help you and your sweetheart succeed.
Elliott Katz is a speaker and author of "Being the Strong Man A Woman Wants: Timeless wisdom on being a man," which has been translated into 24 languages around the world. You can find out more about his work and contact him on his website.