Entrepreneurs: Got Values? – The GKN Weekly Update 10/14/14

Over the past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at a voiceover conference (yeah, FaffCon!), teaching a webinar, and doing some one-on-one coaching. One subject kept coming up when I was helping some fellow voice talents figure out what they want out of their career: what are their values?

The definition of the term “values” seem subjective, but it’s not. Also, many people don’t know the difference between values, morals, and ethics (usually those who don’t have them). So, what are values? Values are what are important to you. They’re not intrinsically good or bad. They’re often what you or a group of people agree upon. For example, a street gang operates under a set of values. I, for one, have no interest in arguing the validity of their values, do you?

What are the values of an entrepreneur? Clearly, it depends on the person. In doing research for this post, I found an interesting article on the Mind Tools website. It states that your values should be reflected in your career. Makes sense. However, I’ve noticed that many voice talents and other entrepreneurs have staggeringly diverse sets of values. What does that mean? I think it means that people brought their values to their career and have different motivations. They also have different ideas of what success means.

For some, success means being rich & famous and popular to boot. For others, it means having the ability to consistently express themselves artistically. And yet for “other” others, they do it to put food on the table whilst avoiding being stuck in a cubicle so as not to go postal. Do they all have the same values? If not, is one set of values “better” than the others?

 

TIP OF THE WEEK: What are your values? Are they reflected in your career? Not sure? The Mind Tools article had some great stuff so let’s use their exercise, shall we…?

When were you happiest? The most proud? The most fulfilled/satisfied?

Now, determine your top ten values based on your answers. Here’s their list:

Accountability
Accuracy
Achievement
Adventurousness
Altruism
Ambition
Assertiveness
Balance
Being the best
Belonging
Boldness
Calmness
Carefulness
Challenge
Cheerfulness
Clear-mindedness
Commitment
Community
Compassion
Competitiveness
Consistency
Contentment
Continuous Improvement
Contribution
Control
Cooperation
Correctness
Courtesy
Creativity
Curiosity
Decisiveness
Democraticness
Dependability
Determination
Devoutness
Diligence
Discipline
Discretion
Diversity
Dynamism
Economy
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Elegance
Empathy
Enjoyment
Enthusiasm
Equality
Excellence
Excitement
Expertise
Exploration
Expressiveness
Fairness
Faith
Family-orientedness
Fidelity
Fitness
Fluency
Focus
Freedom
Fun
Generosity
Goodness
Grace
Growth
Happiness
Hard Work
Health
Helping Society
Holiness
Honesty
Honor
Humility
Independence
Ingenuity
Inner Harmony
Inquisitiveness
Insightfulness
Intelligence
Intellectual Status
Intuition
Joy
Justice
Leadership
Legacy
Love
Loyalty
Making a difference
Mastery
Merit
Obedience
Openness
Order
Originality
Patriotism
Perfection
Piety
Positivity
Practicality
Preparedness
Professionalism
Prudence
Quality-orientation
Reliability
Resourcefulness
Restraint
Results-oriented
Rigor
Security
Self-actualization
Self-control
Selflessness
Self-reliance
Sensitivity
Serenity
Service
Shrewdness
Simplicity
Soundness
Speed
Spontaneity
Stability
Strategic
Strength
Structure
Success
Support
Teamwork
Temperance
Thankfulness
Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness
Timeliness
Tolerance
Traditionalism
Trustworthiness
Truth-seeking
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unity
Usefulness
Vision
Vitality

Now, prioritize them. How does it look? Do you think it matches up with your current career? Does it match up with that Mission Statement I’ve tasked so many of you to write? How do these newly-discovered values reflect how you work from home? Negotiate rates? Network with your peers and potential clients?

 

NEWS AND NOTES!

  • My next Edge Studio “Business and Money 201” webinar is Thursday, Octcober 16 at 8PM EST. The subject: Time Management. I’m gonna talk about how to get the most out of your day. Click Here to sign up!
  • Thank goodness the season premiere of “The Walking Dead” was on at the same time as the Giants/Eagles game. I don’t know what I would have done with myself if I was forced to watch that train wreck…

HAPPY HAPPYS

Happy Yorkshire Pudding Day! I don’t think I’ve ever tried it. Is there a good place in New York/New Jersey that serves it?

QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

(thanks for the quote, Anne Hartung!)

 

 

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Tom Dheere is a veteran of the voice over industry who has narrated thousands of projects for clients in over a dozen countries. He is also a coach at Edge Studio, voiceover business consultant known as the Voice Over Strategist, and is currently producing the comic book “Agent 1.22”.

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