It happens quite frequently that I hear people talking about values and how of an important role they play, not only for companies but for individuals in particular. Yet, when I sit down and talk to people, I rarely get the sense that they have a well-defined set of values that guides their lives.
So why do values matter? To me, the question of values occurred in a crisis situation, when not only I had to make a decision fast, but I also needed to make sure it was the right one, the decision I would not regret later. It was then that I understood that having some believes to stand for will guide you in making a decision, regardless of how difficult that decision is. And that it will help you defend that decision if need be.
So to me, values are a code of conduct on how to act on a daily basis, on how to present myself to the world and how to interact with my peers. What I also like to think of values is that they give you an identity and help you grow into the person you want to become.
I think values are very important and I believe you need to have them listed somewhere so that you can be reminded of them constantly.
So here are my core values:
- Be bold, don’t be a victim
- Always keep your promises
- Always do what is right even if no one is looking
- Assume your mistakes and learn from them, don’t try to hide them
- Don’t compare yourself to others, you are on your own journey
- Be authentic, tell your story
What are your personal values and how do they guide your journey?
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