50 Cent — he of music, self-help book, energy beverage, and headphone fame — can now take credit as being an impromptu couple's counselor. GQ's Zach Baron spent a month in 50 Cent’s tutelage. The first thing 50 Cent suggests is a vision board. But HOLD UP, he says. Do you have a girlfriend? Oh, well, then you should make a couple's vision board. Here’s Baron on the matter:
50 Cent thinks for a minute. Actually, he says, my girlfriend — the one I just mentioned, the one I'd just moved in with? 50 Cent would like her to make a vision board, too. Then we're going to compare. "Take things out of your folder and things out of her folder to create a folder that has everything," he says. "Now the vision board is no longer your personal vision board for yourself: It's a joint board." That joint board will represent what we have in common. It will be a monument to our love.
But there will be some leftover unmatched photos, too, in each of our folders. And that's what the joint board is really for — what it's designed to reveal. "The things that end up on your vision board that aren't in hers are the things that she has to accept," 50 Cent says. "And the things that she has that you don't are the things that you have to make a compromise with." In a healthy relationship, he explains, your differences are really what need talking about. This is how you go about making that conversation happen.
50 Cent continues to ask follow-up questions and (somehow sweetly) cannot remember Baron's girlfriend's name. But his good advice doesn't stop at couple's vision boards. "I think friendship is the strongest form of relationship," he also notes. "Don't ever forget to be friends. And you be conscious. Because there's a point that your friendship would develop that it has so much value that it would become priceless. And at that point, you should consider marriage." Alright, sounds great, thanks for the counsel!