Step #3 Using what can’t you stand about that A**hole!

by Mike Masters on March 5, 2009

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This is part 3 in the perfect partner series. In the first two posts we talked a bit about what is good for you in a partner. This should allow you to pull together a blurry amorphous picture of the perfect guy. It is still a bit cloudy but today I would like to start to pull that image into a little more focus.

In my quest to a have a better life I have discovered that getting clear about what you want is a must. If you don’t know what you want you are like a sailboat with no sails. To find your way you need tools like the sailor needs a compass. One of these powerful tools is understand what you don’t want to step in the direction of what you do. Unfortunately a lot of people think that the negative is a negative thing but there is a valuable lesson in the negative the most people fail to use.

The necessity of mistakes

Whenever we learn a new task we do so by making mistakes. We keep the goal in mind and bounce off of mistake after mistake until we learn. Mistakes are good therefore dating that jerk was an education for you and you must thank him (on the inside) for that. The problem is that many people do not recognize their mistakes and continue to repeat them. This is like burning your fingers on the stove over and over again, never associating flame with pain. (or like my cousin who uses abortion as a form of birth control)

I used to be madly in love/hate with Keiko, when it was good it was great and when it was bad it was a nightmare. When things were bad we would fight and threaten to cut things off (the relationship, not body parts) but very soon we would both look the other way, basking in our wonderful relationship. Sound familiar? This is described as spotlighting by the authors of one of my favorite books Following Through. When you focus on one thing or another you are spotlighting. This is what I was doing with Keiko, I was only looking at the good and ignoring the bad. After our 5th, yes 5th break up I decided that was IT! I was going to get over her no matter what it took. In a fervor I wrote three long lists of why I needed to leave Keiko. I took these lists, recorded them and put them on my iPod. I would listen to these lists once in the morning and every time I started to think about the good times with “sweet” Keiko. “NO!!” I would yell at myself and quickly listen to my iPod, nodding, saying “thats right… I forgot about that.” With the help of my wonderful iPod and the desire for a better relationship I was able to pry myself away from this unhealthy relationship. This was an effective use of “spotlighting” to push away from the negative. Want to hear the recording? I made it about 7 years ago when I lived in Japan might sound a bit strange since I edited-ted-ted… out the names. click here

Have you ever noticed that it is easier to pay rent than it is to save for a vacation? Or… why do people quit smoking? It is usually because of health problems not because they are reaching for greater health. In other words it is easier to move away from pain than it is to move towards pleasure. Some people believe that we should not focus on the negative because we will manifest it! I agree with this partially but just like the hot stove if you remember the pain you will not touch it! You will not manifest more burners to touch instead.

The goal and how we get there

When I was 18 I learned to ride a motorcycle before I learned to drive. I lived in Santa Barbara and my mother in LA. One day about a month after I got my license I decided it would be a good idea to drive the 90 miles to see my mom. Anyone that has been in LA traffic knows this was not one of my brighter ideas but… I had a goal in mind. As I drove to LA lots of things went wrong, the wind was strong and I had to constantly lean to the right so not be blown into traffic. A police car almost turned into me because I was in his blind spot. I thought I was going to die when it started raining and at one point I was forced into the ditch because traffic came to a sudden halt and I was too terrified to use my brakes in the rain! I eventually arrived at my goal but very shaken… I made a ton of mistakes along the way and had fear hammered into my subconscious. I learned, I grew and eventually made it to my goal (I don’t recommend doing it this way). What if… out of fear I decided that I would just ride in the ditch all the way to LA. Worse yet, If I didn’t realize I was in the ditch I would never get there!?

This is the point… I would argue that very few people realize they are in the ditch, instead they keep driving along complaining about how much the ditch/relationships suck. Life is not bumper bowling, we have to actively get burned, understand and learn from our mistakes. If you do not recognize your mistakes and learn from it you will forever be in the ditch.

How to identify exactly what you don’t want

Lists, wow lists… The most incredible tool I know for accessing the self. I cannot over estimate the power of making lists. Do not pass this exercise up if you would like to get more clear about what you truly desire in a partner (or in life).
This is what I would like you to do…
Think of every frustrating, obnoxious, annoying, childish, selfish guy you have ever had the pleasure of dating and get a little pissed off…
“God damn fucking asshole broke up with me on my birthday!”
got it? a bit pissed? Good…
Now we make a list this title at the top:

What kind of guy/girl do I hate to be with!!??
I hate/dislike:
1. a girl that is obsessed with her looks
2. someone with selfish manipulative family
3. a partner that is not generous in bed
4. someone that is racist or sexist
5. a temper
6. a girl/girl that cannot communicate their needs
7. guys with lots of female “friends”
8. someone dishonest
9 – 20

I have found that the magic number is about 20 for any list. If you work towards 20 you will slow down around 15 but the last five will often be beautiful gifts from the subconscious. Jewels that will really help guide you in your quest towards a profound relationship.

I would love to see some of these lists!
Feel free to send me your list and I will get back to you personally. My email is
Mike the master dater at gmail dot com   (all one word)


  • Negative complaining people are resisting what is and will never grow from their mistakes
  • Use the negative to push you towards the positive
  • To effect a radical change put negative in the SPOTLIGHT by reviewing daily
  • Forgive and thank your exs, they have been your teachers
  • I use THE LIST whenever I am frustrated and confused. When I start listing, clarity follows soon after

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1 LC March 5, 2009 at 9:04 pm

Mike, I really liked the part where you said, “it is easier to move away from pain than it is to move towards pleasure.” That is so true in so many different aspects of life. Great point!

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2 tom March 6, 2009 at 8:10 am

Sure, here is my list, which i am going to make on the spot.

1. less then 22 (maybe 20)
2. will not take my suggestions seriously, instead get offended
3. does not exercise
4. does not eat healthy
5. religious fanatic
6. shy and who is not open and honest
7. lacks a sense of reality (living up in the clouds)
8. controlling and loud
9. racist
10. i would not date someone of my nationality
11. a girl who is clingy to you (it is very annoying)
12. who is bad with money
13. who depends on her parents
14. expects the guy to take care of her (make your own money dammit, gender roles are changing)

I am all out for now, maybe i will add more later

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3 Mike Masters March 6, 2009 at 5:58 pm

Hey tom! good to see you back
Wow, number 5 hits a cord in me too.
Try to get the last six out! those are the ones that are the most revealing.


4 Terra March 6, 2009 at 8:29 am

Mike! Love the articles! However the “Steps” and “Parts” are getting me a tad confused (which is not hard to do) For March Madness are there actual “steps” and “parts” or are you using those interchangibly? Help….

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5 Mike Masters March 6, 2009 at 5:55 pm

Maybe I need to say something about this on one of the posts?
These are steps, first this, than this…
Thanks for the comment!


6 tom March 6, 2009 at 6:38 pm

Yes, it was such an eye opener for me. All i gotta say is faith is based on fake beliefs. Who are you to say there is “god”?

Ok so let me finish off the list.
15. gold digger?
16. no commitment, responsibilities
17. tries to change you
18. will listen to what her parents want instead of what she wants
19. just wants your money
20. a bum?

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7 Michelle March 8, 2009 at 9:56 am

I actually have a typed list on my hard-drive called “Qualities of a Life Partner.” These are positive qualities that I want in a partner. So, I flipped some of those qualities around—in order to write the “Things I Hate” list.

Things I Hate/Dislike in Men:

1. Closed-minded, religious fanatics.
2. Lacks ambition, does not set written goals, and take action to achieve them.
3. Lacks confidence, intelligence, and assertiveness.
4. Bad teeth.
5. Bad posture.
6. Bad handwriting. (Look up “graphology.”)
7. Hates dancing.
8. Men who are addicted to the TV. My ideal guy watches very little TV, or no TV at all (he has better things to do with his time).
9. Does not like to read. Ideal partner should be a big reader, and like learning new things.
10. Smoker, excessive drinker, drug-user. Anyone who abuses their body is automatically disqualified.
11. Has a bad/negative relationship with his family.
12. Does not eat a healthy diet & does not exercise regularly.
13. Does not listen.
14. Does not communicate. Bottles feelings/problems inside, instead of addressing them.
15. Untrustworthy and dishonest.
16. Gets jealous of any guy who talks to you.
17. Status-quo lovers. Men who are content with being an employee. Men who believe that opening a small business (entrepreneurship) is too risky.
18. Spends money excessively (spendthrift), and does not maintain a budget.
19. Always arrives late.
20. Indecisive – has a hard time making decisions, and being a leader. Always wants the woman to make decisions (i.e. where to eat, where to go).
21. Talks too much.
22. Messy and unorganized. Does not have his life together. If dishes are piled up from the past 4 weeks and you haven’t washed them—that’s a problem. Same with trash (from the past several months) piling up inside your car.

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8 Mike Masters March 8, 2009 at 7:13 pm

Michelle! thank you for sharing!
This is the 3rd time someone has brought up religious fanatic… I had no idea this was an issue with people! lol…
#20 GUYS TAKE NOTES! this is a huge turn off for most women I know and is so easy to fix. Have a plan, be prepared to lead! Dating is like dancing and I don’t know any girl that wants to lead the guy around the floor.


9 Michelle March 12, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Hey, no problem Mike.

Agreed — religious fanatics are terrible, especially the ones who want to “save” you, or convert you to their religion. :-)

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10 Mike Masters March 12, 2009 at 9:58 pm

I recently got cornered by a mother of a friend and preached to about god. I told her three times I was not comfortable with this discussion but she ignored it. It was as if someone just kept farting in the room and I finally just had to walk away to escape it. So not cool


11 Kortney October 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm

1- hates travel
2- is not spontaneous
3- does not make an effort to connect with my family
4- does not give as well as receive
5- religious in any fashion
6- hates animals
7- eats meat
8- macho/ego driven
9- (I have to agree with the previous post) indecisive
10- overly emotional and unwilling to communicate oases
11- secretive
12- unabitious, unwilling to strive for more in life
13- closed minded
14- bad listener/or communicator. Having to repeat myself constantly because he wasn’t listening.
15- TV! The news, overuse of media in general.
16- lacks exercise and healthy lifestyle
17- not curious about the world and life
18- shallow thoughts and conversation
19- conversation patterns that are meaningless – saying the same phrases without actually meaning it
20- baby talk!
21- homophobia/racism/sexism, really any “ism” :) hehe
22- mood swings or emotional rollercoasters
23- selfishness or self centered attitudes
24- a man who doesn’t eat enough! I mean really, girls shouldn’t have to convince you to have that 3rd slice of pizza! Just EAT IT! The man im refering to is skinny anyway! Ugghhhh!
25- fake personality, committing to something and not followig through
26- someone who beats around the bush. Give me directness!
27- a man who won’t say whether you look good because he “doesn’t understand fashion”. You don’t have to understand it! Just say yes or no!
28- serious temper problems
29- family issues. Mental illness in the family…. RUN!
30- past or present drug use… It really causes problems even if it was in the past.
31- a man who isn’t excited and happy about the possibilities in his life!
32- entirely focused on money/material things
33- someone who offends easily
34- germaphobe or super messy men. Happy medium is the way to go :)
35- someone who needs to eat out. I cook! And ts delicious!
36- focus on outward appearances
37- someone who doesn’t set and reach goals
38- someone that has to had everything spelled out to them
39- gender roles
40- social awkwardness
41- poor me attitudes
42- men who stay close with exes or other girlfriends after committin themselves in a relationship.
43- have I said secrets?!
44- perfect and short manscaping of the pubic hair… It’s meant to be a little, a LITTLE furry down there boys
45- a man who makes moaning noises while going sown on you… Maybe an overshare, but it’s distracting!

I think I could keep going…. But I don’t know if anyone will even see this! The original posts were from 2 years ago. Let me know what you think if you are still checking back here!


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12 Mike Masters October 8, 2011 at 10:30 pm

Wow, you certainly nailed down the negative. However you nailed it down a little too completely. How many men could fit this? Not many, maybe none. The point of this exercise is to figure out some core problems that you keep drawing into, or accepting in you life. Many of the things you “hate” are actually not game breakers. For example, “Eats meat” my girlfriend is Buddhist and I am a whole lot of nothing. It is a non-issue, Why? because acceptance of some differences actually lifts us up not pulls us down.
I think it would be very helpful for you to weed this list down to 20 and then ask yourself. “Are these 20 really deal breakers?”
Next, make sure you work on the positive list, the negative is not enough. Knowing the positive is even more important.


13 Kortney October 7, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Wow! I types this on my phone. I apologize for the typos!

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14 Cassandra December 20, 2013 at 10:44 am

the guy I would hate to be with (and probably was with)
4.jealous goals/no jobs
6.not family oriented
7.has no faith or religion
8.not supportive
9.loves to talk about himself
10. doesnt like to be around my friends/ or in a social setting
11.who waits for me to do “man duties” around the house/car, etc.
12.doesn’t have a job
13. who asks me where i want to go or what i want to eat and then says no (soo annoying)
14.not affectionate
15.doesn’t want to try/do new things, or think of things in another persons perspective, closed minded
16.doesn’t see me as equal
17. doesn’t believe that compromise and sacrifice is part of relationship
18. “crosses the line” with text message to girls
19.doesn’t make me a priority (i understand we all have busy lives but BALANCE is important)
20. doesn’t surprise me or spoil me ONCE IN A WHILE (i am not the kind of person to ask for much, i would rather give than receive BUT sometimes it would be nice to know you are thought of)
21. not proud to be in a relationship

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15 Cassandra December 20, 2013 at 10:47 am

21. who says they are going to do something but doesnt
22. doesnt remember things/favors/comments that you say or ask for

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16 Cassandra December 20, 2013 at 10:53 am

24. runs away everytime there is a problem

ok I think im done. ha

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