Personal Values and Ethical Standards

Essay by jasmyn76University, Bachelor'sA+, August 2007

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Personal values are principles that define a person as an individual. Honesty, reliability, and trust, are personal values that determine how an individual will face the world and relate with people. Our personal values are our convictions' regarding what we believe is important and desirable. A value is a belief, a mission, or a philosophy that is meaningful. Whether we are consciously aware of them or not, every individual has a core set of personal values. Values can range from the commonplace, such as the belief in hard work and punctuality, to the more psychological, such as self-reliance, concern for others, and harmony of purpose.

Mothers and Fathers do their best to raise their children to become upstanding citizens. Honesty, integrity, loyalty, faith, fairness, family, equality, responsibility, accountability and discipline are just of few of the never ending values that my Mother and Grandparents instilled in me. I was always taught that the way you are treated is a reflection of how others will treat you, so it is very important to treat others with respect by being honest and loyal.

My mother gave birth to me when she was a junior in high school, the first five years of my rearing were done with a great deal of help from my grandparents so she could still continue her education and provide a decent life for herself and me. Although my mother getting pregnant with me was unplanned, she assumed responsibility for her actions by keeping me and doing all that she could to give me a good life and endless opportunities. Her hard work and dedication to provide a life full of possibilities for me was my first lesson in personal values. Most of my personal values were learned through the actions of my mother and grandparents. The best...