In our view, values and principles are the foundation upon which our lives, careers and relationships are built. So, we asked folks we admire to open up to us about the values and principles that matter most to them.

Caitlin Wright | Owner + Interior Designer

We put a lot of emphasis on being client focused and creating the best experience possible for our clients. Construction, remodeling, and even just furnishing with supply issues right now, can be such a huge stressor and we strive to take the stress away from our clients so they can enjoy the process. There are always going to be issues that arise, whether it be material delays, incorrect installation or a damaged delivery. We want to solve the problem prior to even bringing it to the client attention. Read more>>

Carrie Herndon | Founder, The STEM Zone Maker Space

Integrity, or the practice of honesty, truthfulness and doing what is right, has been and always will be the number one guiding principle for myself and my small business. If you practice integrity, your clients will always know what to expect from you. If you practice integrity, people will look up to you and feel emotionally safe. For me, integrity is a pillar of strength. Read more>>

Flamy Grant | Shame-Slaying, Hip-Swaying Drag Artist and Singer/Songwriter

I’m most compelled to live out values that everyone knows, but seem to be lost in the world today. Values laid out for us in documents like the Declaration of Independence: “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” As someone who was raised in the Bible Belt’s fundamentalist evangelical world and is now a drag queen, I feel like I’m living these values in a deep way that so many of my fellow Americans do not. It’s unnerving and upsetting to see the unchecked hate and homophobia both in our society and in our government. Read more>>

Cami Cossa | Actress & Globe Trotter

I thought about starting with this question because it seems to me values are the roots of our behavior, we act, decide and live by them. I take the values I have learnt throughout my whole life everywhere, they shape me as a person, and, for example, I would never take a job that doesn´t go with my values. I believe the most important ones in my life are: Read more>>

Matthew Delarosa | Coffee shop owner & USMC veteran

Work ethic. It’s never really about the most talent to me. Everything can be learned and improved on. What matters to me the most is how hard you are willing to work at it. Consistency is key and having a strong work ethic to keep at it is what I value the most. Read more>>