We’ve always believed that forming a strategy is impossible until your clear on what your values and principles are. Without values and principles to guide you, making decisions can seem impossibly difficult. Given how important setting values and principles is to decision making we asked folks we admire to tell us about the values or principles that matter most to them.

Charles Isaac | Eezy sauce creator and CEO; World traveler

Staying true to yourself and don’t let fear interfere with where you are going. By knowing and being yourself, you are better able to acknowledge things that you do not know well enough. You won’t be too proud to ask questions. It’s really not bad asking questions. I’ve learned over time that being yourself is the best thing you can do. It’s easier! Who better to be than yourself. Don’t allow ppl to influence you to be a certain way. That’s boring! Just imagine all of us thinking the same, acting the same, or having the same mindset. We wouldn’t have all the beautiful things we have today! Including my product called “Eezy sauce”. I had my own family doubt the name of my product or the route I’m taking but guess what. I stayed true to myself and I can say I’ve learned a lot and have progressed a whole lot over the years being a business owner. Read more>>

Dr. Gwennetta Wright | Serial Entrepreneur and Media Maven

The values and principles that means the most to me is having integrity, giving respect and being a servant leader. Integrity is important because in business you should always do what is right no matter who is around. Doing this will help you build solid relationships that will put you in places you never imagine. Respect is extremely important because you should always lead by treating others the way you want to be treated. Practicing this principle helps your business provide exceptional customer service. Lastly, being a servant leader. We all are put on this earth to serve. Greatness is determined by service. Read more>>

Deonte’ Towner | High School English Teacher and Published Author/Poet

Growing up I had a strong family structure. As I experienced different friendships and heard their stories I then realized that not everyone had the same experience as me with family. In my life family is everything but to many of my friends their friends were their family or they were on a journey to finding family in other people. When I became a teacher I wanted to be a father figure to my students. I wanted to be my students friends, dad, uncle, cousin, or just that listening ear. I wanted to create a family structure for my students. I wanted them come to class everyday and feel loved. I wanted them to feel the support from other students. I wanted the love in my classroom to be so strong to the point that even enemies in the class could be there for each other when things got tough. Sometimes it can be hard as a teacher because you have students that have been abused and broken so bad to the point they are afraid to open up in the classroom. Read more>>

Becca Stanley | Executive Director, Blueprint 58

It’s hard to pick just one value or principle that matters most. But if I had to choose, I suppose I would land on humility. I think that as a leader, and particularly in today’s climate, it’s so important to start from a place of humility. To listen more than you talk, admit when you’re wrong, and be willing to risk making mistakes. Read more>>