“If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything”

We asked the community to tell us about the values and principles that guide their lives and businesses.

Lexis Zeidan and Dayna Peoples | Detroit Kids Matter

Giving back and pursuing everything we do with Detroit Kids Matter with nothing short of our best. Ultimately, how can we grow our brand to be extremely successful so we can give back and do more. As educators in the city we always wanted to widen our impact beyond our classrooms or the students that we taught. When we launched this brand, we envisioned it to be a means to an end. The means being our ability to sell our products and spread a positive message and the end- uplifting and supporting the students in Detroit. Read more>>

Ferelith Young | Actress & Writer

I value honesty, integrity, kindness and hard work. The people in my artistic community are candid, vulnerable, and take risks. They are kind, compassionate, driven and they listen. They’re humble and generous and funny. And they take their work, but not themselves, too seriously. I strive everyday to be that kind of person so it’s what I value most in collaborators, friends, and partners. As Maya Angelou said: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Being kind and making others feel seen and heard is of paramount importance to me. Read more>>

Toju Agbeyegbe | Music Producer

The value or principle that matters most to me is the value of being consistent because, without consistency, you can not be great at what you do. Every individual who is considered by many to be the greatest at their particular career has practiced consistency. Read more>>

Hannah Chong Meyer | Artist & Illustrator

Although I’m also still working on this, I value honesty and authenticity the most in my life. Today we are all bombarded with social media and contents that tell us what we should be and what we shouldn’t be. We seek for approval of others so we tend to disguise ourselves into someone we are not. As an artist who is seeking for attention, I can’t deny that I sometimes fall for this trap. But It just seems that people like my works the most when I just genuinely enjoyed working on them and didn’t consider the other people’s reaction. So I decided always being true to myself as the #1 principle I shall aim for all the time. Because I like myself and my work when I’m being genuine, and people like that too! Read more>>

Jor-el Vaasborg | Actor, Photographer, and Musician

In regards to work, the way you treat the people you work with, whether it’s your fellow co-workers or clients, is paramount. The most creatively successful projects for me always involve a great collaboration, and that only happens if you vibe or at least trust the people you’re making something with. Also, if people enjoy working with you and (and you enjoy working with them), you’ll probably get to do it again. Read more>>

Marisol Rascon | Integrative Healer

Kindness. I believe that kindness pushes us to get in touch with the parts of us that are genuine and innocent. For some it takes a lot because it requires courage and vulnerability; to get in touch with our own worth, appreciate who and what’s in front of us, and the intangible goodness that drives our action. Living kindly aligns us with love and honesty. It makes us take a rest when others are still running, stand up when nobody is speaking, extend a hand when the other has fallen, bless ourselves when we feel forgotten. It’s soft yet strong. Kindness is radical. My work is mostly to encourage others towards intimacy with kindness, every body I touch a star I wish upon, “May there be kindness”. Read more>>