In our view, values and principles are the foundation upon which our lives, careers and relationships are built. So, we asked folks we admire to open up to us about the values and principles that matter most to them.

Keith Obit | Actor/Writer/Director

Ego Death. This is very important when creating a team that is about to make a film. Some people are willing to put in the work and others like to let their egos run wild. Someone who has an understanding of ego death generally has empathy and is willing to put the art first, not their stardom. Since filmmaking is such a collaborative process, there is no room for any of this. The best idea always has to win and when you surround yourself with like-minded individuals who are all on the same page, the artistic venture will speak for itself. Read more>>

Izabella Rain | Visual Artist

The principle that matters most to me is staying true to myself, to my artistry and to the intention behind the pieces I create and share. Though I know at times it may seem more profitable or alluring to make things based off of trends, marketing, and popularity, I do not wish to make things that are without purpose and soul. Art has always been an intuitive and intrinsic way of my self expression and this can only come through authenticity and vulnerability. Read more>>

Amber Riley | Dog Trainer

Community, honesty, and trust are some of my main principles. Humans are social creatures and very inter-dependent on one another. There is a lot you can get done as an individual. However that is nothing compared to the kind of feats you can get done with the support of other individuals you trust around you. Regardless of what part the other person plays, you need them. The more we learn to lean on and support others, the stronger we will be as a society; and the only way to do that is through honesty and trust. Read more>>

Bertha Robinson | Global Business Coach & Consultant

My driving core value is authenticity. Being my authentic self has always introduced me to new people and situations that have benefited me and others. In many situations, I’ve have found that I am the only one like me extrinsically and, experientially. That has been stressful at times but it always turns into a great opportunity. I encourage others to embrace their authenticity and walk in it. A fellow mentor recently reminded me that authenticity doesn’t mean others will like or embrace me, but it does give others the opportunity to engage in a new conversation. Read more>>