I had the privilege of taking a leadership class that asked me to list out what values were important to me. I thought I’d share some of the things I wrote down and finish off with my personal mission statement. This post will give you a unique insight into how I think.

What is important to me?

Loyalty and objectivity are very important to me. Loyalty increases the longevity of a relationship, and objectivity allows one to make decisions based on facts rather than politics and emotion.

What do I value?

I value loyalty, honesty, open mindedness, self-discipline, creativity, innovation, and the willingness to continue learning.

Creative/Innovative: Being creative/innovative is thinking outside the box on a lot of issues. It’s challenging authority and figuring out why things are done a certain way. It’s being pro-active about fixing problems and finding solutions.

Intelligence: Intelligence is willing to learn and continue learning new things each and every day. It’s not afraid to ask questions and figure out the “in the mud” details.

Loyalty: Loyalty is staying on the ship no matter how violent the storm. When one is loyal, the person never leaves and never questions the integrity of his higher up.

Open Minded/Independent: Being open minded/independent is important in order to be objective to be a better decision maker. It’s realizing why one is making decisions and being able to see a broader picture.

Self Disciplined: Being self-disciplined is running in the 100-degree heat when nobody else is out there with you. It’s quitting the filthy habit that consumes you. It’s getting up for work when there is noone to hold you accountable. It’s being true to the God you will never see in this lifetime.

Self Aware: Being able to analyze one’s decisions and beliefs. It’s knowing why you made the decision and why you believe what you believe.

What are my personal goals?

Pay off my student loans, become fluent in Spanish, become a voice in online publishing, and start an online business.

What are my strengths and talents?

I’m very technical. I do a lot of programming on the side. I have an eye for color and love doing graphic design jobs. I am a proficient web programmer and writer for multiple blogs. I can speak well, and can usually communicate my thoughts and concerns. I’m opinionated and do not let politics/emotion get in my way of making a decision.

At the end of my life, what do I want my legacy to be?

I want to be known as a good Christian man who helped out his community. One of the reasons I’m learning Spanish is to continue my Hispanic heritage and help those who do not speak English. I’d like to be known as a writer, and someone who loves and would die for his country.

My personal mission statement

I am a man focused on my faith, my family, my country, and my Hispanic heritage. Along with continuing my Hispanic heritage, I strive to excel technically and academically.