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The Thing I Treasure Most In Life Essay

A happy family, a happy home and a happy work environment add up to a happy life.

The core values of our business are also core values of my life. They are curiosity, courage, trust and humbleness. I teach these values to my kids and reinforce them in my daily life.  

—Aashish Dalal, co-founder and CEO of ParkWhiz

I value happiness. By keeping this value at the center of my life, I am able to easily make decisions in the best interest of my family, my business and myself. A happy family, a happy home and a happy work environment add up to a happy life.

Mollie Elkman, owner of Group Two

I value making a difference in life and living with integrity. I always encourage people to try and make a difference in this world. If you give even just a little of yourself, you receive a lot in return. Giving is good for you, it’s good for the soul and it makes you better in everything you do.

G.J. Hart, CEO of California Pizza Kitchen

Reputation is more important than any other skill set someone can bring to the table.  It is something that takes a lifetime to build and one bad decision to destroy.  Honesty and integrity are extremely important to me both personally and professionally, and I take pride in always trying to do the right thing even if it's not easy.

—David Johnson, chief operating officer of Fireman’s Brew

I value trustworthiness and integrity. Those values shape how I conduct myself in interactions with others as well as how we operate as a business. Each of our team members embodies those values as well, which makes my job easier and much more rewarding.

Ramonna Robinson, president of Ground Floor Media

Become a person others look up to, respect—want to follow. It starts with your values.

This article appears in the January 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

Does one not really sit down and question oneself? What is it that I hold precious? It is a difficult question to answer because one takes so many things for granted and yet even if one of then' was removed we would miss it terribly. Many People cannot do without money or the comforts which money can buy; but I think in the long run these are the things one may manage without. There are other things which are indispensable and which are precious in life. Health is the foremost amongst them. One cannot enjoy anything without health. One thing is more important than health and that is a positive outlook A positive outlook is the basis of all that makes a good life. It makes a person warm and understanding, outgoing and likeable. It helps one to win friends.

It is on this base that one can build a structure of those values which have meaning in life. It is self-respect and sincerity which are important. I value my self-respect. If one lacks this respect for one's inner self, one may stoop down to the worse possible things. The claims of one's conscience, the necessity of facing one's own self and cultivating and maintaining a sense of integrity, of responsibility, of truth these are valuable in life. Take away self-respect, destroy a man's conscience and he is no better than a beast. A man without a conscience may well become ruthless, brutal and immoral for he never feels the necessity of self-examination. Or he may stoop down to the level of self-abasement and be abject and servile. I value my self respect for it keeps me upright and any day I can confront my inner self without any hesitation or qualm.

Another thing I value is the feeling of doing something worth-while; to have a sense of satisfaction at doing or having done a job well. It is immaterial what we do; what matters is the amount of involvement and sincerity we bring to it. And finally the amount of satisfaction we derive from having done it well.

I also have intellectual curiosity. It is necessary to have it in some measure so that one can keep on growing and not remain stagnant. If one wants fulfilment and purpose it is impossible to derive it from a limited, daily routine. Intellectual curiosity leads to involvement and to a widening of interests and the need to meet challenges in life. To continue living day after day in the same limited pattern is a difficult and suffocating experience. Intellectual curiosity is accompanied by intellectual alertness and a keen power of observation. There is great beauty and great wealth in the world of nature, one needs only to be gifted with the capacity to observe to enjoy it.

Given these gifts one should be able to have the warmth of friends and a happy family life and these are things that I value in life.

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