During reunions, single women in their thirties always have to go through relatives who ask “Bakit hindi ka pa nag-aasawa?” which is often followed by a “Maganda ka naman.” And while yes, you know that you’re pretty, the idea that you must have a man by your side in order to succeed in life is a wrong, archaic notion, because really, you can be successful on your own.

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If you’re a single woman and are focused on making a name for yourself in your chosen industry, have heart! Here are a few reasons why building your career is better than looking for love–which you can tell your tita the next time you see her.

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1. Your career gives you regular income...

…And the money is all yours to spend on what's most important for you. Isn’t that a great arrangement?

2. Your career teaches you to rely on yourself.

Building your career builds your character, and gives you the opportunity to find out how far you can go. You rarely need hand-holding when you’re a power woman. Finding who you are and knowing you can function on your own are rewards in themselves.

3. Your career forces you to stand by your decisions.

When things don’t go the way you planned, you have no one to blame but yourself, which further drives you to do better than anyone else. On the upside, when you know you’ve done everything you can, you gain a sense of well-being whether or not you succeed in your endeavor.

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4. Your career can help improve your professional skills.

Whether you’re an artist or an accountant, working in the field you like best every day hones you to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. It makes you more competitive and if you stay open to your manager’s corrections and new business practices, you may end up at the top of the ladder calling the shots sooner than you think.

5. Your career can take you to new heights you never knew you could reach.

What you do for a living can unexpectedly open new paths for you, which is always a good thing. These opportunities give you plenty of options on how to live the next few years of your life, and it’s pretty gratifying to know that the decision is up to you, and no one else.

6. Your career gives you a feeling of power and freedom.

Nothing’s better than knowing you can take care of yourself, and you’ve got the brains (and the money) to do whatever it is you want to do with your life. Being single allows you to be more flexible, so take advantage while you can!

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