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.

Frail Talk | Musicians & Magicians

Social innovation. Developing some kind of ethic surrounding music is tough. As musicians & artists there are various ways you can present yourself. For us, we’ve decided to surround ourselves with communities that value art & music as a way of living. This includes unconventional work, places for play and communal living with musicians and artists to subvert norms and disrupt typical social principles and values. Music can be more than success or brand. Music can be conversational and connecting. Art is more than power or influence. Read more>>

Julie Silver Campbell | Opera on Tap Co-Manager

By far, the fact that Opera is a universal, understandable, accessible language, no matter who you are, or what your background is, who you love or what you look like. Opera should be available no matter what your income level and people of all colors, shapes and sizes should be able to perform it if they have the inclination no matter who they are, who they love or what they look like. Opera tells a human story, and humanity doesn’t just have ONE look. Read more>>

Sebastian Terry | Founder of 100things

I believe that goals of the vehicle for change. After the loss of one of my close childhood friends 15 years ago, I reflected upon my life and evaluated the direction I had taken. Very quickly in this process I realized that I had not been showing up as my best self and fallen short in many aspects of my life that I’d never taken time to consider before. The loss of my friend offered me the gift of perspective. I realized that if given another a chance at life, I would do it all differently. Read more>>

Jordan Nahabetian | Watercolor Artist – Nature & Landscapes

Out of all the great values and principles to live by, the most impactful one I’ve implemented is authenticity. To me, authenticity means not apologizing for being a human with unique characteristics, not being pressured into acting in a way that doesn’t feel right, and giving others the space to be their authentic selves. This principle has given me the tenacity to reach out for what matters, even through fear, and not simply wish that things would happen. Accepting that I am who I am and embracing my own uniqueness has allowed me to pursue creativity and a more interesting life. I’m still growing and my work with authenticity is still in its infancy, but it’s been a powerful ally so far in my development. Read more>>