A Values-Based Approach to Living: Part 1- Faith and Hope

Our Values

We’ll change our minds millions of times in life about a variety of subjects. Heck, politicians do it seemingly hundreds of times per week! (note the present campaign)But our values should be firm, resolute and concrete. If you’re just starting out in college, a few years into your career or even a decade (or more), you’ll do well to go out and live, and maintain self-awareness and perceptive observation of all the activities you participate in.


The foundation of my values structure is faith. Everything in my life flows from my belief in God, my belief in others and belief in myself. I learned during my 20s, that if I ever wanted to live life on my terms and be truly free, I needed to have a tremendous belief in myself and what I could achieve.

“RICHES begin in the form of THOUGHT! The amount is limited only by the person in whose mind the THOUGHT is put into motion. FAITH removes limitations! Remember this when you are ready to bargain with Life for whatever it is that you ask as your price.” — Napoleon Hill

It’s important to note in the above quote that Mr. Hill used the word, “riches,” which most people interpret as financial wealth. The thing is, he was talking about a multitude of qualities that formed the composite “riches” that he wrote about. I’ll list his 12 qualities below for your edification. For now, I’ll allow the man to explain in his words what he meant:

The 12 Things Which Constitute Real Riches

  1. A positive mental attitude. (Notice this is #1)
  2. Sound physical health
  3. Harmony in human relations
  4. Freedom from fear
  5. The hope of future achievement
  6. The capacity for applied faith
  7. Willingness to share one’s blessings with others
  8. To be engaged in the labor of love
  9. An open mind on all subjects toward all people
  10. Complete self-discipline
  11. Wisdom with which to understand people
  12. Financial security (Notice this is last)


Hope is born from faith. When our hope grows and manifests itself, it gives life to our dreams and leads us to the truth. Faith propels us into hoping for what we believe in. Despite all the changes in my life, good times, bad times and mistakes I’ve made, I have always chosen to live with a hopeful heart for the future.

“Hope’s highest manifestation is the perseverance of the soul who has seen a better day, who has a tangible sense of what satisfied feels like, who knows that the reality of their today dims into a pale insignificance when compared to the radiant, the incandescent promise of tomorrow.” — Wayne Abel, The New Hope Times

When you possess hope, you begin to develop a passion that leads to love- whether that be for another, a cause, pursuit or goal that you desire. Hope is a prodigious power that continues forging forward, elevating your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual states to a higher plain.

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Christopher D. Connors

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A network of business & tech podcasts designed to accelerate learning. Selected as “Best of 2018” by Apple. Mission.org