I pose this question genuinely and with a most sincere sense of curiosity. What are values? Or, and probably more importantly, what are your values?
I want to ask a favor of you: if you read this post, please comment and tell me:
1) How do you define values?
2) What are your personal values?
(To comment from the home page of my blog: 1) Click on the name of the post: “What are values?” 2) Scroll down to the bottom of the post. 3) Enter in your values in the box with “Enter your comment here…” Please feel free to add any color commentary as well!)
The reason I ask is simple. I need your help. Ultimately, I only know what my values are. And I know that they vary greatly from the utmost values of others in different professions, from different walks of life, with different life experiences, etc.
Companies develop value statements. For example, one of Ernst & Young’s value statements is: “People who demonstrate integrity, respect, and teaming.”
By contrast, the values that I strive to live by are five words: Family, integrity, passion, courage, and excellence. And I suppose I consider it inherent that I simply try to incorporate each of these five concepts into everything I do. I try to keep them on top of mind at all times.
So, the question becomes, which is more appropriate? Do value statements beget a more profound understanding of the intent? Or do simple words do their duty by standing alone, implying an overall sense of incorporation in one’s life?
I think both work. For one thing, it’s personal. Whatever feels right to you is the way it should be. If you have a statement that defines the essence of your being – write it down, put it on your wall. If you have one, two, three, or ten values, do the same. Create a representation of your values and put them in front of you.
And please, just before or after you do that, post a comment. I have a reason. I need your help. We’re going to craft a list of values to represent people from all walks of life; people with all types of ambitions; people who are artists, lawyers, accountants, athletes, full-time Moms and Dads, and everyone else. And then we’re going to make it available to the world. I’ll continue to unveil the plan as we go, trust me.
But, for now, let’s start with comments. And please, spread the word. We need as many people as possible to help.