09/20/2011 02:03 pm ET Updated Nov 20, 2011

Is Giving Up Your Career For Your Spouse Ever A Good Idea?

The problem with being married to a politician or someone who has political ambitions is at some point you may have to give up your own career so as to avoid possible “ethical conflicts.”

In 2004, Maria Shriver asked to be let out of her NBC contract because she felt that she could no longer perform her job as a journalist and maintain her new position as the First Lady of California without somehow entangling the two. She also, although being on the other side of the political spectrum of her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, wanted to devote more time to her husband’s ambitions and administration.

While there’s a lot to be said for anyone who would give up their career for that of their spouse, one thing is for sure, it’s definitely not selfish. In fact, it’s one of the most selfless things a person can choose to do. When the Schwarzenegger scandal broke earlier this year and Shriver’s world came tumbling down, one couldn’t help but ask: “Was it worth it?” Is it ever worth giving up your career for the sake of someone else?

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