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”Core Values reveal a man’s character, the outlook he has on life while slowly creating a legacy for what he stands for, through which his loved ones and the people he knew will always remember him.”

Ever since the time we are born, we are always, day after day, learning new things. This happens either through our parents, our family members, our teachers, mentors, the news we choose to learn and the people who we surround ourselves with.

In this plethora of different information and actions, we are slowly molding our character into an individual. Often times we dismiss what we stand for and what our beliefs are until it is time for us to use them. Our inability to express our core values might result in a weakness or a hard time in the course of our lives. It is at that moment that we realize the importance of core values as life is simply not a fairy tale. Without things to stand for, we are a ship with no captain, sailing from tough oceans and waves, water and fury waiting to be sank.

In doing so we rob ourselves of our powerful ability to create our best self and develop our character through our skills and traits. An ability that when fused with admirable core values will help every person triumph in life and live to the fullest of their capabilities.

1. Courage

Courage is the single most important core value we can have in life. With this, we show our might in the journey of life knowing that someday we will die. The key ingredient to an accomplished life is showing courage when courage is needed.

Through this core value, we are able to surpass fears and insecurities that may hold us back from experiencing life at the edge and feeling the true fulfilment of being ourselves no matter the consequences.

Understand that it is the essential value if we are to ever follow our dreams and achieve our goals. No man creates a business, a social relationship or helps somebody in need without first mastering the courage to do so. It also takes grit to talk openly and shine your own light among people. Through bravery, we are able to meet new people, experience more and create connections. A kid that befriends an another kid shows courage in the face of doubt and rejection. A man intrigued by a woman shows courage when he takes action by asking her out on a date. An entrepreneur needs to show courage when starting a business endeavor in knowing he might experience failure.

Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed this exceptionally:

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”

2. Tenacity

While courage is the most important of values it is not enough to triumph in life. Apart from brave, an individual needs to be tenacious. Showing strength and firmity is not easy but it’s essential, especially in the face of hardships and adversities. No matter the challenges we face we need to show perseverance. This applies to every aspect of life and requires tremendous dedication, determination, and audacity to work really hard to achieve our aspirations.

What sets people apart aren’t their circumstances, or the environment they grew up in but their attitude towards these factors. While some people’s life is harder, the tenacity not to give up is what sets people apart. It is the will to go through the pain, the failures, and the struggles, to walk the extra mile in order to see your dream become a reality that will make you triumph in life.

Steve Jobs early life and the beginning of Apple is a great example of a tenacious man. His start in life was tough, to say the least. Unwanted by his biological parents he was given up for adoption. Steve was aware that it took all of his adoptive parent’s savings to get him into college. When Steve Jobs dropped out of college due to the expense he attended drop-in classes in topics he liked while sleeping on a friends dorm floor. Low on finances, he described his one free good meal a week as coming from the local Hare Krishna center.

Together with Steve Wozniak, Jobs started a company in a garage on April 1st, 1976. The release of “Apple I” later that year, was the start of the meteoric rise of Apple Inc. The humble beginnings of Apple grew to become a $2 billion dollar company with thousands of employees. Read More.


3. Patience

Courage and tenacity are nothing if not combined with patience. The ability to remain calm and focused when things aren’t going the way we want them to when problems arise and we are met with difficult people is the final core value we ought to accumulate in order to triumph in life.

Patience reveals a person’s maturity, wisdom and sense of respect towards himself and others. Patience takes time and effort. You can not become patient in the blink of a moment. You need to be faced with many adversities and react to them in a sane and thoughtful way. When looking at great figures we can see that they had extreme patience in their actions. This means being tranquil in times of crisis but also being calm and collective when exercising their craft.

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It is impossible to become great at anything if we are to lose our patience every time something goes wrong or hurry ourselves to finish a project in order to satisfy the ego, all at the cost of our best work.

“Without patience, we will learn less in life. We will see less. We will feel less. We will hear less. Ironically, rush and more usually mean less.”

Mother Teresa

In Conclusion

No life is easy. And no easy life is worth living. We can create an amazing life. To do so we need to first create a strong and firm character and invest in our personal development. The three core values, courage, tenacity and patience that are the subject of this article will help you, make life a triumph.

To do so we must remind ourselves that nothing will work unless we do. Exercise your courage at times when courage is most needed, be tenacious at your actions and unwilling to give up at times of adversity while mastering the patience to not only be harmonious when problems arise but also be a true craftsman at your life, whether that involves work, family, social relationships, and hobbies.




Marios Kanellos

Author Marios Kanellos

Marios holds a degree in Political Science & History. He is also a certified NASM CPT & CES AND FMS Level 1 Coach. His personal study is primarily focused on health, exercise, spirituality, and business with soul.

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