Values in my opinion should determine your priorities, and they’re probably the measures, you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. Knowing your own values can help you make decisions about how to live your life. The values that I believe in play a very important role in my life. These important values have been greatly influenced by my family and life experiences. My core values include family, health, knowledge, happiness, friendship, loyalty, trust, hard work, honesty, and learning. The first value I chose is family.
Merriam-Webster defines the word family as, “a group of people who are related to each other”. However, to me personally, I feel that family is way more than just your relatives. Family has been a huge influence in why I’m in college today and has taught me right from wrong. Family is so important to me because they thought me how to build relationships with other people, how to love, how to get, always have my back no matter what, and know me the so well.
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Merriam-Webster defines the word health as, “the condition of being well or free from disease”. Health is very more important to me because I want to live a longer life and it helps me become more energetic when carrying out home/work tasks. Merriam-Webster defines the word knowledge as “information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience”. Knowledge is significant to me because it helps me have a better understanding of the world and how things works. Without knowledge, we as a society could not accomplish much in life. Knowledge is a key factor in every field because it helps us humans make ethical decisions. Merriam-Webster defines the word happiness as “the state of being happy”. I believe Happiness makes life seem significant, worth being here for, without it we feel that we don’t belong.
Happiness is an important value in my life because my religion teaches me that happiness strengthens my friendship with God. Merriam-Webster defines the word friendship as “the state of being friends: the relationship between friends”. Friendship is important to me because my friends help me lean more about myself and provide stability during times of stress or change. Also it’s sometimes easier to talk to a friend than a family member, because friends shouldn’t judge. Merriam-Webster defines the word loyalty as “the quality or state of being loyal”. I believe people won’t be willing to help you, if they don’t feel they can’t trust you.
Trust is gained by demonstrating loyalty over time and that’s why I believe loyalty is important. Merriam-Webster defines the word trust as “belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, effective, etc”. Trust is important because you cannot get close to and maintain friendships/relationships of any kind if you don’t trust anyone and it is a sign of good character, friendship, and love. Merriam-Webster defines the word hardworking as “using a lot of time and energy to do work”. Hard work to me reflects the type of person you are, which is why it is important, that no matter what your job is, to work hard and do your best. Merriam-Webster defines the word honesty as “the quality of being fair and truthful”. Honesty is important to me because it helps build productive relationships in society and my mom always told me that “if you want people to believe what you say you have to be honest”. Merriam-Webster defines the word learning as “the activity or process of gaining knowledge or skill by studying, practicing, being taught, or experiencing something”.
Learning is significant to me because it helps me make knowledgeable choices about my life and the society that I live in. Also I believe learning helps you improve as a person. Growing up as a kid, my mom got me into the Catholic Church at a very early age. While I attended church school, I quickly gained the significance of family, friendship, loyalty, trust, and honesty. The fourth commandment states,” Honor your father and your mother” (Ex 20:12, Deut 5:16).
My mom would always tell me “loyalty to the lord will be rewarded”. At first I though I would get some type of gift, but I quickly learned that I would receive blessings. After reading an article on what the bible says, I learned that the bible has a lot to say about honesty and truth. In order to become a more God-like than honesty needs to be a focus, “Being honest is about following in God’s footsteps, for he cannot lie” (Mahoney, 2013). The bible has taught me that trust can reveal your true character and affect your future career, “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much” (Luke16:10). After hearing about the relationship Jesus had with his disciples, I knew friendship was going to be a core value of mines. Jesus couldn’t have spread his gospel without his twelve disciples and I feel like I wouldn’t have accomplished much without having friendships.
My first thought of happiness was that a lot of money would make me happy because of what I was seeing on TV/video games at a young age. A group of scientist’s analyzed articles in newspapers, which also included the word ‘happiness’. Researchers found words like iPhone, Millions, and Google almost never appeared with the word happiness. They came to conclusion that true “happiness lies in rewarding relationships, not material wealth” (Daily Mail, 2013).
After reading the article I can also say that my relationships with people are way more important than a material possession. After seeing my aunt pass away due to lung cancer, at such a young age, I knew I didn’t want to live a short life due to an unhealthy lifestyle. This life experience helped me witness the negative outcomes of bad health choices. It helped me gain knowledge on how to live a healthier life. After my parents got divorced, my mother had to work extra hard to support my brother and I. I got the ‘hard work’ attitude from her. After reading an article on the importance of hard work, I can agree with “Hard work gets noticed by your bosses and your co-workers and helps you gain respect” (Hodge, 2013).
Also my mom always told me in order to get recognized, you have to do more than just the minimum effort. When my high school teacher first told me that ‘knowledge is power”, I sort of didn’t believe him. After taking management courses here at FSU and working at my internship over the summer I knew ‘knowledge’ was a value that was necessary in order to make society better and enhance my career.
“Ultimately knowledge is information that tells you how much to manipulate the world around you” (Loewen, 2013). When I first started college, I felt strongly that learning was important to my growth and development. Every since my mother told me that she didn’t have the same opportunities to learn as I have today, I knew I had to take fully advantage of my education. After I’m done with my studies here at FSU, I will only keep on learning. “Lifelong learning is the key to breaking any success barriers that may be in front of you”(Tracy, 2013).
I’m planning to get a job in the Information Technology field, since it’s my major, along with a minor in business administration. A career in this path requires you to have good technical and soft skills. I want to become a project manager in the future, but I know I have to work my way up the ladder and get some hands on experience first. Once I find a job with a company, I need to show my knowledge, friendship, loyalty, and hard work to break the ice with the employers/employees and show them that I’m not a lazy bum. When situations arise with the temptation of stealing some IT equipment, my honesty and trust values will keep me from making the bad decision. Once I’ve got familiar with the work environment, I want to have wealthy relationships within the company and my happiness and family values will help me achieve it.
In order to perform at a high level, I need to have good health. With technology advancing at a high rate, learning is a must, in order to keep up with the pace. As a project manager I will have to apply all of my core values, in order to be a respected/successful manager. Defending what you stand for isn’t always the easy thing in life, especially when it deals with your job. My core values are very significant to me, so in order to show my true character I need to stand behind them. If one of my core values were to get challenged by one of my co-workers, I would first try to have a talk with them, then follow company procedures that relate to the issue. While working at my internship, I had a situation were a long time employee told me that its fine to take longer than needed lunch breaks and that its fine to lie to a customer in order to move onto another customer in need of help.
Since honesty, hard work, loyalty, and trust are my core values I couldn’t not lie to the customers and I wouldn’t take longer breaks. I wanted to stay loyal to my manger and I wanted to demonstrate my hard working attitude. If my boss were to ask me to lie in order to cover a situation, I would have to tell him/her no. Also if I started to notice that he/she was starting to make employees feel uncomfortable, I would have to take a stand. In my opinion I would rather quit my job, than be a part of an uncomfortable environment. The areas where I would like to see the greatest growth be in family, trust, and knowledge. When I start working full time, I want to be able to balance my work with my family time. Creating trust with future co-workers isn’t going to be easy and if want to become a project manager, I need to come up with more ways to demonstrate that I’m trustworthy.
I feel that my knowledge level needs to grow a lot, if want to succeed in the Information Technology field. With so much new technology coming into the market, I need to be able to comprehend it, in order to help others. I would love to explore more in my learning value because there is so much to learn about the new technologies coming out. My core values will outline all of the decisions that I will come across in my personal life, as well in my career. Being true to my core vales will bring out my true character and keep me motivated.
Understanding and living my core values will open the door to more inspiration in my life. Finally living up to my core values allows me, to get more of the right things done and enjoy the journey more.