The 5 Core Values for Success

The Situation/Focus

In this week’s session, students explored the five keys to success: Honesty, Enthusiasm, Hard Work, Confidence, and Perseverance. Through discussions and examples of successful individuals, students learned how these traits are essential for personal, academic, and professional growth.

Key Insights or Distinctions

  1. The importance of honesty as the foundation of trust and credibility in relationships.
  2. Enthusiasm’s role in fostering motivation, positivity, and a growth mindset.
  3. The value of hard work in developing a strong work ethic and sense of accomplishment.
  4. Confidence is a crucial component in facing challenges and believing in oneself.
  5. Perseverance’s ability to build resilience, self-discipline, and determination in the face of adversity.

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What does it take to succeed in life? Many people have different answers to this question, but there are certain qualities or traits that tend to stand out. In our recent session, we discussed the 5 keys to success: Honesty, Enthusiasm, Hard Work, Confidence, and Perseverance. 

Honesty means being truthful with oneself and others, having integrity, and holding oneself accountable for one’s actions. Examples of successful individuals who embody this key include Oprah Winfrey, who built her media empire on her authenticity and transparency, and Warren Buffett, who has built his investment empire on his reputation for honesty and trustworthiness.

Enthusiasm means having a passion for what one does, being optimistic, and having a positive attitude. Examples of successful individuals who embody this key include Elon Musk, who is known for his enthusiasm and vision for the future of technology and space exploration, and Richard Branson, who is known for his boundless energy and passion for entrepreneurship.

Hard Work means putting in the time, effort, and dedication required to achieve one’s goals, and being willing to persevere through setbacks and challenges. Examples of successful individuals who embody this key include J.K. Rowling, who famously wrote the Harry Potter series while living in poverty and facing rejection from publishers, and Michael Jordan, who became one of the greatest basketball players of all time through his relentless work ethic and determination.

Confidence means having faith in oneself and one’s abilities, being willing to take risks, and being comfortable with oneself. Examples of successful individuals who embody this key include Beyoncé, who exudes confidence and empowerment through her music and performances, and Serena Williams, who has become one of the greatest tennis players of all time through her confidence and mental toughness.

Perseverance means being resilient and persistent in the face of challenges, setbacks, and obstacles. Examples of successful individuals who embody this key include Nelson Mandela, who endured 27 years of imprisonment and led South Africa to a peaceful transition to democracy, and Malala Yousafzai, who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban and continued to advocate for girls’ education around the world.

It was interesting listening to the students talk about these points and the examples. They even provided other examples they were familiar with. By understanding and applying these 5 keys to success in their own lives, our students can develop the skills and mindset needed to achieve their goals and make a positive impact in the world.


If you want to join a discussion about this or any other high school education topic, we have a group on Facebook called “Alternatives to High School” and invite you to join. The goal of the group is to give parents a place to discuss options to public/private schools and standardized curricula as well as share resources for educating teens.


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