For the past several years, I’ve been looking more inward to figure out what’s most important to me, and how to make decisions that are more aligned with who I am and who I aspire to become. The easiest way I’ve found was by defining my core values.
- Empathy – to be thoughtful about how others feel; to create space for listening without judgement
- Curiosity – to be open and compassionate; to favor learning over perfection
- Courage – to act in the presence of fear & uncertainty
- Authenticity – to be comfortable with vulnerability
Just reflecting on these values felt unsatisfying. So I started putting words to values and tried expanding them into sentences. Some of these principles came to mean much more, and I’ve put them below.
1. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
2. Make other people more successful.
3. Clarity comes from taking action.
4. You can always choose your reaction.
5. Humility and vulnerability inspire trust.
6. Life is too short to settle for mediocrity.
7. Make people feel like the only person in the world.
8. Show appreciation, early and often.
9. Follow your curiosities.
This is a work in progress, of course. If you want to share yours, I’m always up for a conversation.