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Is Online Dating a Good Choice for You?

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Dating can be very difficult for some people and this can be for a variety of reasons. Some people are nervous because they have been out of the dating game for so long.


Others do not have the confidence to speak to new people in person. There are also those who have such busy schedules, they simply don't get the time to go out and socialize.

If you are in any of these situations but you are interested in meeting someone with a view to a relationship, online dating could be the ideal solution for you. More and more people have used this method of meeting new people and dating over recent years, and it is something that has gained a lot of popularity as well as a high level of success. In this article, we will look at some of the fantastic benefits that come with online dating.

Why So Many People Choose Online Dating

So, why do so many people choose online dating rather than going out and about to try to meet new people. Well, there are all sorts of reasons why people do this, and with the rise in the number of people using these sites, there has also been an increase in the number of sites available. In fact, you will find sites for all sorts of people these days, from LGBT dating sites and senior dating sites through to interracial dating sites, uniform dating, and more.

One of the many reasons why people decide to use a dating site to meet someone special is because it enables them to hook up with someone likeminded and who wants the same sorts of experiences. Some people are more interested in meeting someone for casual dates and fun, new experiences including fun in the bedroom using products like sex toys, and a bit of fun. Others are more into long-term loving relationships with the chance of marriage. Whatever your aims and goals, you can find the ideal site online.

Another key benefit of using dating sites is that they are ideal if you have a really busy schedule and lifestyle, which leaves you unable to go out and meet new people on a regular basis. If you want to get into the dating game, you won't get very far if you are constantly working and then at home. However, if you use online dating, you don't have to worry about finding the time to go out on the town in order to meet someone. Instead, you can simply meet new people, strike up conversations, and arrange to meet up from the comfort and privacy of your own home. In addition, you can do this at a time that suits you, which means you won't have to compromise on your other commitments in order to meet someone new.

For those that lack confidence or having been out of the dating game for a while, online dating is also an ideal solution. When you go online to meet new people, you have the chance to get to know them from the safety of your keyboard and computer or smart device. This means that you don't have to pluck up the courage to go up to them and you can slowly build your confidence as you get to know them online. If you decide that you are compatible, and you are interested in meeting up, you can even arrange a video call beforehand so you can speak to them in person but on a screen. By the time you actually meet up face to face, you will already feel as though you know them to a degree, so the experience will be nowhere near as daunting or difficult.

The excellent choice of dating sites coupled with the number of people that use each one provides yet another benefits. It means that you are far more likely to meet the partner you are looking for, as you will find many people with the same interests and relationship goals. This means that you can speed up the time it takes for you to meet the right person.

Creating a Solid Profile

One of the things you will need to do if you want to benefit from success on these dating sites is to get up a good online dating profile. This is what will attract other people to you, which is why you need to make sure it is good but also that it is honest. Don't be tempted to lie or put on old photos, as this will all come to light if and when you get together. It is best to be open and honest upfront so people can get to know you and like you for who you are.

There are plenty of tips online to help you create the ideal profile, so this should not prove to be a problem for you. If you have friends or family members you have confided in about joining online dating sites, it is worth getting them to run their eye over your profile before you make it live. Getting some advice from another party can help you to improve your profile and iron our any issues that could affect your success levels when on the site.

Get Your Love Life Back on Track

One thing you can be sure of is that with the right dating site, the right profile, and the right attitude, you can get your love life back on track with far greater ease. You don't have to go to the expense and time of getting dressed up to go out in the hope of meeting someone. You won't have to worry about overcoming your nerves to go and speak to a complete stranger in person. In short, you can get to know people in a relaxed atmosphere (your own home) and at your own pace. This can make all the difference when it comes to meeting the right person for you.

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How I Went From Shy Immigrant to Co-Founder of OPI, the World's #1 Nail Brand

In many ways I am a shining example of the American Dream. I was born in Hungary during the Communist era, and my family fled to Israel before coming to the U.S. in pursuit of freedom and safety. When we arrived, I was just a young, shy girl who couldn't speak English. After my childhood in Hungary, New York City was a marvel; I couldn't believe that such a lively, rich place existed. Even a simple thing like going to the market and seeing all the bright, colorful produce and having so many choices was new to me. I'll never take that for granted. I think it's where my love affair with color truly began.


One thing I had was a strong work ethic. I worked hard in school, to learn English, and at jobs including my first job at Dairy Queen -- which I loved! Ice cream is easily my favorite food. From there, I moved into the garment district where my brother-in-law's family had a business. During this time, I was able to see how a business was run and began to hone in on my eye for aesthetics and willingness to work hard at any task I was given.

Eventually, my brother-in-law bought a dental supply company in Los Angeles and asked me to join him. LA, a place with 365-days of sunshine. How could I say no? The company started as Odontorium Products Inc. During the acrylic movement of the 1980s, we realized that nail technicians were buying our product, and that the same components used for dentures were used for artificial nails. We saw a potential opening in the market, and we seized it. OPI began dropping off the "rubber band special" at every salon on Ventura Blvd. in Los Angeles. A jar of powder, liquid and primer – rubber-banded together – became the OPI Traditional Acrylic System and was a huge hit, giving OPI its start in the professional nail industry. It was 1981 when OPI first opened its doors. I couldn't have predicted our success, but I knew that hard work and faith in myself would be key in transforming a new business into a company with global reach.

When we started OPI, what we were doing was something new. Before OPI came on the scene, the generic, utilitarian nail polish names already on the market – like Red No. 4, Pink No. 2 – were completely forgettable. We rebranded the category with catchy names that we knew women could relate to and would remember. The industry was stale and boring, so we made it more fun and sexy. We started creating color collections. I carefully developed 30 groundbreaking colors for the debut collection -- many of which are still beloved bestsellers today, including Malaga Wine, Alpine Snow and Kyoto Pearl.

There is no other nail color brand in the world that touches the totality of industries the way OPI does.

With deep roots in Tinseltown, we eventually started collaborating with Hollywood. Our decision to collaborate with the entertainment industry also propelled OPI forward in another way, ultimately leading us to finding a way to connect with women beyond the world of beauty, relating our products to the beverages they drink, the cars they drive, the movies they watch, the clothes they wear – even the shade they use to paint their living room walls! There is no other nail color brand in the world that touches the totality of industries the way OPI does. It also propelled my growth as a businessperson forward. I found myself sitting in meetings with executives from some of the top companies in the world. I didn't have a fancy presentation. I didn't have a Harvard business degree. I realized that what I had was passion. I had a passion for what we were doing, and I had my own unique story that no one else could replicate.

Discipline, hard work, and passion gave me the confidence to grow from that shy immigrant girl to become the person that I am today

Bit by bit, I grew up with the business. Discipline, hard work, and passion gave me the confidence to grow from that shy immigrant girl to become the person that I am today -- an author, public speaker, and co-founder of OPI, the world's #1 professional nail brand.

I learned quickly that one can be an expert at many things, but not everything. Running a business is very hard work. Luckily, I had someone I could collaborate with who brought something new to the table and complemented my talents, my brother-in-law George Schaeffer. My business "superpower," or the ability to make decisions quickly and confidently, kept me ahead of trends and competition.

Another key to my success in building this brand and in growing in business was being authentic. Authenticity is so important to brands and maybe even more so now in the time of social media when you can speak directly to your consumers. I realized even then that I could only be me. I was a woman who knew what I wanted. I looked at my mother and daughter and wanted to create products that would excite and empower them.

There's often an expectation placed on women in charge that they need to be cutthroat to be competitive, but that's not true. Rather than focusing on my gender or any implied limitations I might bring to the job as a female and a mother, I always focused instead on my vision. I deliberately fostered an environment at OPI filled with warmth. After all, at the end of the day, your organization is only as good as its people. I've always found that being nice, being humble, and listening to others has served me well. Instead of pushing others down to get to the top, inspire them and bring them along on the journey.

You can read more about my personal and professional journey in my new memoir out now, I'm Not Really a Waitress: How One Woman Took Over the Beauty Industry One Color at a Time.