Would You Date “Potential”? Readers Weigh In

[Spinoff Post] Would You Date “Potential”? Readers Weigh In

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Would you date a dude who only had a dollar and a dream- literally?

During yesterday’s #BitchieChat we asked ladies their thoughts on dating a man with potential after it was revealed that actress Tia Mowry-Hardrict started dating her husband Cory shortly after giving him a ride home from the bus stop. At the time, Tia was a thriving actress while Cory, whom she crossed paths with once before while working on set, was a struggling actor and security guard with an unfurnished studio apartment. Tia believed in her man and his vision and 15 years later, the couple are the couple are both successful in career and love. Winning!

Actor and author Hill Harper also brought up a similar point during a 2010 relationship panel lead by talk show host Steve Harvey. After ‘The View’ co-host Sherri Shepard made it clear that she required a man “equal” in status to her, Harper told the story of first lady Michelle Obama and POTUS Barack Obama.

“There’s a fourth year attorney at a very prominent Chicago law firm who’s doing extremely well, she’s on her way to becoming partner. A guy wants to date her, who had just gotten out of school, didn’t have a job, had a car with a hole in it. Had no money butshe’s a very successful lawyer and she’s actually practicing in her hometown where she has incredible relationships. He’s not even from the town, he doesn’t know anybody.

She saw potential in him. In fact, she saw it so much that when they were married, she was the primary breadwinner in the family for the first 10 maybe more years in the family.

Now he’s president of the united states and she’s the first lady.

That is dating potential!”

Okaaaaayy!

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When we asked ladies their thoughts on dating a man who only had ambition (and love) to offer, the responses seemed positive for the most part, with many of you sharing your own personal experiences in similar situations. Of course there were also some “heck no’s!” too. While most of you believed in nurturing your boo’s dreams, the majority also felt that such a concept was a luxury reserved for only folks in their 20s. Even correspondent Jackie Reid made a point after Harper’s example by pointing out that his example might be a little dated.

“[The Obamas] were in their 20’s! They were in their early 20’s! The men you date then when you are in your 20’s are not the same men you’re going to date in your 30’s or 40’s!”

Catch the clip below:

What are your thoughts on the matter?

Check out some of our more interesting responses from readers below and tell us your thoughts!

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