Values Essay

Decent Essays

Pamela Dyer
Southern New Hampshire University
Policy, Law, ethics
Professor S. Butler
February 26, 2015
Our values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs that guide our actions and behavior. They influence the way we interact with others and our thought process. Every day, each one of us makes choices and decisions that directly affect the way we experience each other and the way others experience us. Values, in essence are what motivates us. The values that define me are: caring, compassion, helping others, team work, education, dedication, and results oriented. We all act and make decisions without realizing that these processes are in fact based on our core values. Values are as Burkhardt & …show more content…

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