Value Statement

This is a living document. Expect frequent Revisions

I'm currently doing a leadership program at my Church and one of the exercises is to come up with a personal value statement. My value statement needs to define the core principles that will guide and direct my life going forward.


Relationship Family Fun
Humor Daring Swift
Flow Purposeful Sidestep
Cutting Piercing Sharp
Outflank Insight Depth
Challenge Knowledge Original
Elegance Pragmatic Practical
Correctness Thriving Fruitful
Vibrant Expansive Capacity
Innovative Tasteful Future
Creative Adaptive Flexible
Resilient Wisdom Capacity
Correctness Functional Useful
Reproducible Reliable Robust


People are Everything

  • Knowledge is worthless if I don't teach others
  • Invest in people - all have potential
  • Give all for the betterment of Mankind
  • I am not my own - others have a right to call on me and I a duty to respond

Pragmatic Perfection

  • Pursue perfection but settle for excellent

Maximize Resiliency

  • Arrange my life so I take risks and make mistakes but bounce back quickly

Take Risks

  • Bet on innovation and improvement
  • Don't be afraid to start over

Reflect and Adapt

  • Always keep in mind that I can do better
  • Question everything. Even the question

Bulldoze Through Nonsense

  • Have the courage to be disliked for the right reasons
  • Cut through bureaucracy and red tape like a battering ram - Open holes for others to follow

Think Big but Start Small

  • Exponential Growth is a powerful tool

Don't Forget the Future

    My actions can have consequences far into the future


A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Your twenties are always an apprenticeship, but you don't always know what for.

- Jan Houtema

An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made in a very narrow field.

- Niels Bohr

I think a life properly lived is just learn, learn, learn all the time.

- Charlie Munger

Unanswered Questions

Who and Why I am?

A time and season for everything. What season am I in? What season is mankind in?


I want to do great work.

Wrapping Up

This turned out to be more difficult than I anticipated but I do feel I got a lot of value (lol) out of it. It's odd that I never took the time to actually think this through before. And now that I have, will it change anything? I hope so.