What are the traditional core values I keep referring to as the critical building blocks of our society? I’m not sure the order or ranking of them is as important as the recognition that these valuable traits once learned and engrained in one’s personality will serve one well for a lifetime. These are the traits that help one achieve one’s hopes and dreams. There are likely ones I have missed naming, but these are the traits I value most in myself and those with whom I prefer to associate.
• Honesty: A truthful and open approach to all your actions. We also must be honest with ourselves: Each of us must be willing to recognize our faults, weaknesses and inappropriate actions and demonstrate a willingness to correct them through responsible action.
• Learning: We each need to be open to learning new methods, ideas and skills. A strong sense of curiosity and a desire to expand one’s store of knowledge are critical to success. Education is lifelong process and isn’t complete when one leaves school.
• Work Ethic: An internal self discipline to be responsible and committed to putting forth your best effort in all that you do. People with strong work ethics are focused on creating work of high quality and value and being productive regardless of the task assigned. It is important to develop an appreciation of your own work and a sense of accomplishment and gratification from performing a task correctly the first time.
• Communication: The ability to convey thoughts, ideas, and instructions to others and to understand what others are conveying to you. Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are essential in all walks of life.
• Teamwork: The ability to work and collaborate with others. A commitment to be part of a team requires trust in all members, trust based on the fact that each will do their best to fulfill their role.
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