Personal, cultural, and professional values and ethics drive the decision making process for most individuals and businesses in our society. Ethics reflect our conscience, morality and how we apply these concepts in deciding right from wrong (Covey 66). Ethical awareness is critical for how we conduct our lives and make choices in the workplace; by defining personal and ethical values, individual and business alike can become more productive members of society.
Whether consciously considered or not, every human being has a personal philosophy by which they live by and use to interpret the world around them. Their “beliefs, concepts and attitudes” (Philosophy) are a derivative of their upbringing and personal circumstances experienced throughout the course of their lives. I was raised on the beliefs, concepts, and moral values of the Christian faith. An emphasis was placed on the Ten Commandments and provided me a moral compass to live by. In my opinion, they are perhaps the most overlooked values in today’s society. The commandments provide a balanced approach to life, similar to Steven Covey’s “True North” principles, which also provide a “theory and tools that will empower us to use our endowments to fulfill our basic needs and capacities in a balanced, principle centered way” (Covey 73). Even more importantly, I was raised by caring, loving parents that supported my dreams and taught me to have the courage to go after them. I learned from their actions, which inspired a meaningful work ethic. My Grandparents were also instrumental in my development; teaching me practicality and the importance of living within my means to avoid becoming a slave to the lender. There combined efforts taught me to be confident and responsible for the choices I make in life. Now that I am older and reflect on what I have been taught, I now realize the importance of my mission that has been eluding me for so long.
My mission is to be a steward of love, compassion and positive change within my family. To be the type of father, husband, son and brother who listens first, provides for their needs and wants, and is less critical of how they live their lives. I will seek to spend as much quality time with my family that not only nurtures our relationship, but provides lasting memories as well. Through this focus, I will give more than I take and strive to be a positive role model for my children. Last, I will do my best to fully utilize my God given talents to empower my life and accomplish my mission.
I am guided by a spiritual belief that everyone has a purpose in this life and they are called to serve in some capacity. I also believe in the power of gratitude as a motivation to serve. I will not be guided by the promise of money or fame in making choices in my life, but at the same time, I will aspire for financial independence. I have spent the better part of my life searching for what I was meant to do, to become, to accomplish; it was not until I had children...