Thursday, August 04, 2005

How do values fit into a rich and fulfilling life?

Hermann and I have three more shows to go, 2 today and 1 tomorrow and then I have the good fortune to go on vacation. It's been quite a push to get to this point. Starting a radio show from scratch is slightly more difficult than I anticipated.

Just in case you aren't familiar with it, the show is Guide To Self on KDIA, 1640 AM 5 pm Monday through Friday in the SF Bay Area. Radio archives are available at Currently the archives are free.

This upcoming week we will be airing three new shows - 2 of which are on values and how values form the foundation of an exemplary life.

Albert Einstein suggested that you, Try not to become a man of success, but a man of value.
Humanity is based on the fundamental idea of trust and integrity. If you are not trustworthy, you won?t be effective. If you aren't trustworthy, your relationships will wither around you. If people perceive you to be manipulative and deceitful, you won?t be successful in life.

Integrity is double sided. Not only must you be able to keep your word, you ALSO must be brave enough to deal with others when they don?t keep their word.

Happiness and satisfaction do not lie in being right, nor in winning the argument, nor in dominating others. True contentment comes from being authentic and genuine. This means living in accordance with your values. This means living a life of transparency where you freely and openly acknowledge your strengths as well as your weaknesses.

Personal credibility is founded on the extent to which you are aware of your own strengths and weaknesses. Admitting you are fallible and living in tune with your values leads to credibility. Credibility encourages more people to want to be around you. And the research has shown that happiness is related to the number of positive relationships you have.

So a happy and satisfying life involves behaving and living according to a set of principles or values. Values are the core beliefs upon which you operate your life. You may be aware of your core beliefs. You may not. In my work, I?ve noticed that the vast majority of people do not have any idea what their top values are.

Question: What are your top 5 values?


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