When asked to come up with a list of core values that represent me I was at a lost. It is not as though I am walking through life without standards or ethics, but when asked to write them down I had to think of words that really did encompass me as a person and what I want to stand for. I have come up with six principles that I strive to achieve and put on my forefront everyday. The first is leadership. Never do I want to place myself in a position that places someone else in control of my future. I believe that if I can think it, I can do it. By taking a leadership role your name is on the line and you take the risk of failing- but nothing beats a fail, but a try. The next value thatâ€™s key is self respect and preservation. This was not always something that I held high, but through life experience I have learned that it needs to be at the top of my list. The adage, no one will take care of you like you, is so true. If I do not have the courage to stand up for myself and make decisions that are right for me I cannot expect anyone else to. If I do not make choices that safeguard me I am doomed and no one else even has a chance of helping me. My next value is completeness. In order for me to reach my goals I need to keep balance in my life. I can be extremely focused and determined, but I can also be silly and crazy. Both of those personality traits need their equal time or I will not be successful. Without balance, of course, life becomes one sided. If you focus only on your work and career the successes donâ€™t seem so high because there is no one to share it with. Focusing on only the partying will no allow you to enjoy success because there wonâ€™t be any. Family (created and natural) is another value. There are times when you are emotionally and spiritually connected to people that you have no blood relation to you. These people love you for you, support you and embrace your flaws.