This week, I get to interview Amy Schoen, author of “Get It Right This Time.” She is a dating coach in the DC Area, who helps people navigate the various phases of dating. Both of us spent time after our first divorces analyzing the things that went wrong, and a lot of her tips focus on the need for an individual to really become self-aware.

To get it right in dating, you really have to first understand what you actually need, and what you can live without. There will always be trade-offs, but you have to know your non-negotiables from the start in order to protect your heart from disappointment. The last thing you want to do is get deep into a relationship only to realize that this one issue that you shelved is in fact an insurmountable one.

Being honest with yourself and others does not always come easy– but I have certainly found that the more you don’t suffer fools well, the more apt you are to cut to the chase. Maybe it is because I was trained as a lawyer to view time as an expensive commodity, but I really don’t like misleading people, and I get really irritated fast if it seems someone is wasting my time.

Perhaps if more people could embrace this approach, they’d find their dating lives more productive and enjoyable. We should all be looking for a good return on our investment (of both time and money), and it starts with doing some homework to gain insight into ourselves. Once you do that, you too will find that you don’t suffer fools well.

By Regina A. DeMeo, Esq.