I recently reconnected with Joshua Tiong, an old friend who I knew from back in my younger days when I was in Air Cadets. It's been about 9 years since we've last talked, so it was quite a surprise when he reached out to me through Facebook and asked to catch up over coffee (which you could do the same by contacting me through my contact form!). We sat down for about an hour and a half and just chatted about life, career and everything in between.
One of the many things I like about Joshua is his amazing interpersonal skills; his ability to make friends with literally anyone within the first 5 minutes of talking to them. Not only that, his ability to help others feel empowered, to feel listened to, and to feel supported is something I truly respect about him.
One of the finer points of the night was when we began discussing our core values; our own personal guiding principles that governs our behaviour and dictates the choices that we make. Self-reflecting on that, I realized that I really haven't reviewed my own core values for a while now, and that it would be a great opportunity for me to not only rediscover myself, but to become more self-aware of the choices that I make in the future.
I sat down with Lynn, and decided that it would be a fun activity for the both of us to learn about ourselves together. Here is what I learned are my three core values:
I value being in a place where I constantly feel needed, and wanted. This includes having a network of friends, family & life partner who not only supports me in my success, but in my failures as well, and I value that I can do the same for them as well. I value my ability to see the good in everyone.
I value my ability to be self-aware, and to be able to recognize my own personal growth. It's allowed me to persevere in the face of failure, to be persistent in never giving up and to always feel too comfortable in life. It's also allowed me to recognize opportunities when they appear, and the motivation to act upon them.
I value the freedom that I have with my time, being able to make choices for both my career and for my personal life. I value that I have the time to relax, to self-reflect, to have fun with friends, to travel and to help and support those in need.
I also discovered a lot of other things about myself, which I will document in a series of blogs in the coming weeks! So what are your core values? Let me know in the comments below!