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.

Gail Mallory | Artrepreneur

A principle that I am still working on is remaining true to myself, not allowing other peoples opinions, comments, or actions affect how I see myself. It is important to understand who you are, what you believe and the ability to set boundaries with everyone. Energy is a boundary, that can affect your creativity positively or negatively, and I have experienced both. As a creative you will interact will all types of people, most are all on the same tract to sell their art, build their social media platforms, or create new merchandise. So often, we share our dreams with people who are not necessarily supportive, and suddenly we fall victim to people being people. That is why, strengthening my self esteem and social self-awareness have played a major role in the development of my business. Read more>>

Chaille Thomas | Private Tutor & Fashion Customization

In my personalization and private tutoring business I strive to always go the extra mile. I’ve noticed over the years as I go to different restaurants or businesses that sometimes personal interest in the customer is lacking. So with my businesses especially dealing with my students I strive to go the extra mile. This shows my clients I take my job seriously and will always go over and beyond. I work really hard to create designs and products that are trendy, high quality, and really make my clients idea come to life. When engaging with my students I do my best to make a difference each session. I try to be a tutor as well as a support system or mentor. I become what they need me to be. It brings me so much joy when I see messages and Instagram posts showing their appreciation for my efforts.This appreciation brightens my day and keeps me going during the hard days. Read more>>

Karl Modesto | Flower Artist

Effective creativity. I’m naturally enthusiastic and think outside the box, however I have a huge pragmatic streak in me. I love creative ideas but I value the ones that will work. As an entrepreneur, your ideas and products need to make sense to your customer. Read more>>

Lauren Daniels | Travel Blogger & Photographer

Honesty is very important to me. Not only is it important to be honest with friends and family, but I also practice honesty on my travel blog, Lulu’s Everyday Life. First, I do not share any posts on places that I have not visited. I also do not share anything about cities, activities, or restaurants that I did not enjoy. I do not want my readers and followers to spend time doing things that are not enjoyable. Read more>>

Mandy Machowicz | Serial Entrepreneur

The word integrity is the one value and principle that I aspire to live into every single day. Do I have flaws? Absolutely! Integrity is not something you’re born with, it’s instilled inside of you at some point and it is earned every single day by action and results.I do believe that we all must learn from our mistakes. However, I believe where one chooses to go from there is an opportunity to learn and be better. Being a person of your word is an attribute that I take very seriously and I aim to instill this in my two little girls as well. I want my family and friends to know they can count on me no matter what. I want them to also feel confident they can confide in me with no problem. How we behave not only in the public eye, but when no one is looking as well, is what creates a moral compass that a person with integrity lives by. Read more>>