Accountability

We believe that without accountability, neither our participants nor the executives with whom we work will be changed by the program. We will do everything in our power to help the participants succeed in life, but we provide only opportunities and tools; participants must want to change. Consequently, PEP only commits time and resources to those who demonstrate a desire to help themselves. PEP enforces a “no wiggle room” accountability program with participants. PEP volunteers and employees will likewise be held to a high standard of accountability, being required to take ownership of their initiatives and follow through with their commitments.

Accountability stands out the most. Why? Because it is the foundation and backbone of the self-help, client-driven program and enables a client to transform into the productive member of society that he was expected to be. Its takes a lot of integrity to tell another person they have a negative trait that can or will cause them to stumble in life. In order to work, the accountability process requires one to check their motives and intention before informing another PEP brother that he is displaying a character defect. And when this is done, it is with love, care and concern, with an emphasis on love. Accountability corrects and transforms a brother’s character, so that once he owns his own business, he will be able to operate with honestly, open-mindedness and willingness to be a great servant leader to his employees and customers. God will lead him down the path of righteousness through His grace in the form of the accountability process. We are PEP.

Linard A.           

Accountability stands out to me the most of all the 10 Driving Values. When I was in the first phase of the program, I didn’t want to be held accountable for using profane language. I learned very quickly to hold myself accountable, so as to avoid others being able to do it as well. I became familiar with the rules and followed them to the best of my ability. I started to hold others accountable for their behaviors that I felt could be improved. I am now an accountability leader in my pod and try my best to set a good example for the new Phase One class and help them try to improve their character by holding them accountable.

Tony E.

 

Excellence

We are dedicated to pursuing excellence in every area, despite the difficulties which arise from setting high standards. We seek to work with and learn from the best of the best. We are dedicated to developing excellence in leadership throughout our organization—leadership of projects, ideas and the promotion of our Ten Driving Values. PEP is committed to working with people and organizations who share our values and mission.

Excellence stands out to me the most among our 10 Driving Values. You can tell by the efforts of the participants in this program that excellence is important; other words for excellence include distinction, flawlessness and impeccability. My personal goal is to achieve this distinction in every possible way when it comes to this program, and anything less than the best is unacceptable. This is why I’m so proud of my Legacy ’18 classmates, because you can see it is important for them to strive for excellence in all of their ventures too. Excellence is very important, and we all strive hard to achieve it.

John W.

Execution

We place an emphasis on execution—the ability to get things done. We expect to deliver outstanding and timely results. Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action. Self-discipline is a core element of our organization’s culture. We sweat the small stuff. We hire people with a strong track record of successful execution.

The part that stood out to me the most about Execution is where it states the following: “we place an emphasis on execution – the ability to get things done.” I’ve always been the one to start something, saying “I’m going to do this and do that,” but never get it done. During these last few months, I’ve been placing a big emphasis on execution. Now I am doing what I say I’m going to do and getting it done so I can become the person I was made to be.

Yusuf A.

Execution is my favorite Driving Value for the simple fact that without it nothing happens at all. It states that big thoughts do not matter if they are not turned into action. Execution helps me the most because I once had a problem with procrastination. So now, I focus on getting things completed versus just talking about them. By executing, I am able to manage my time better. I no longer have a million things on my “to do” list, because I actually get things done rather than have them pile up. This is the Driving Value I really needed in my life. Even when I think about all the other Driving Values, you must execute them in order for them to be effective – without execution, nothing happens.

Corey A.

One of the 10 Driving Values that stands out to me the most is Execution. Part of the definition of execution is: “Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action.” The reason why I truly love this Driving Value the most is because, ever since my enrollment in PEP, I have learned a lot about people who have turned their big thoughts into actions. A great man by the name of Henry Ford had big thoughts.  No matter how many people told him that his design and ideas wouldn’t work, he continued to execute and succeeded. Now Ford is one of the biggest car manufacturers in America today. Furthermore, I have applied this value to my life. From this moment on, I will execute in being a better person than I was yesterday, every day of my life.

James H.

Execution is the most important Driving Value to me by far. You can do all this talking about what you will do or what you want to do, but at the end of the day none of that matters if you still end up not doing it. For those who are religious, I will say this: you can pray to God and have faith, which nothing at all is wrong with that, but at the end of the day it’s all you. You make yourself get out of bed so you can go to work or class. You are the one who makes yourself keep exercising. It doesn’t matter what you say; it’s what you do about what you say. It’s all about execution and how you execute. “Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not turned into action.” That quote is straight from the PEP handbook, and it’s never been explained any better.

Deryke J.

The Driving Value that stands out the most to me is Execution. I believe that without execution, anything that you plan means absolutely nothing, because “we place an emphasis on execution – the ability to get things done. We expect to deliver outstanding and timely results. Big thoughts don’t matter if they are not placed into action. Self-discipline is a core element of our organization’s culture. We sweat the small stuff. We hire people with a strong track record of successful execution.” To me that sums up everything, because without execution, things will be left undone, and if things are not taken care of, whatever you are doing will fail.

Justin L.

For me, Execution stands out the most and this is why. Before I came to prison and joined the PEP revolution, I had a bad habit of giving up on things. It takes real commitment and dedication to complete this program. When I put in my heart that I was willing to change, and then I actually noticed the change, that was one of the greatest feelings I have ever felt. Now I know when the parole board decides to let me out, I know I will be able to execute the tasks that come with being a father and a man in general.

Mayobanex S.

The one Driving Value that stands out to me is Execution because I am the type of person that doesn’t quit for anything. I have been executing all of my homework that I have been doing since being in PEP. A lot of people doubted me in the beginning, thinking I was going to give up. But little did they know, I have learned how to execute in all things. Execution is my favorite Driving Value because no matter how hard things may get in life – whether being in the world or in prison – we can’t give up. If we want something in life or something to change, we must execute … or should I say, I will execute to do my best and give it my all, no matter what or how hard it may get for me.

Michael S.

Fresh Start Outlook

PEP believes that every inmate is a human being in need of a true second chance (which for many may actually be a legitimate first chance). We will treat every inmate with respect, regardless of background or personal history. We strive to equip human beings to achieve their full potential. We believe that people can change, dignity can be restored and as a result society will reap bountifully.

Which PEP Driving Value means the most to me? I would say “Fresh Start” Outlook. I have been in and out of prison my whole adult life – to be more exact, seven times. What makes this time different is that this is the first time that I did something positive during all my incarcerations to become a productive citizen when I get out. God put a blessing right in front of me in the form of PEP, and that is what it’s been for me. PEP has given me the tools, the knowledge and most importantly my self-confidence that if I put my all into something, I can do anything with my life. Prison took that away from me. I can’t remember the last time I started and finished something. God willing, I’m about to graduate the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. I can’t wait to put everything I learned into my everyday living.

Pedro G.

When I first read this Driving Value about having a Fresh Start Outlook, I thought the true legitimate first chance people were a group that excluded me.  Even though one has a plan of action in life, it doesn’t mean that everything will go as designed.  If we have awareness of our natural motivations, we can find healthy and lawful ways to meet them.  I realize now that I didn’t have positive control of my motivations.  They controlled me.  Now that I’m aware of my God-given wound, I can trim my life and avoid grounding out.

Lino V.

Fresh Start Outlook stands out the most to me because it lets you know how you will be treated. And I pray that when I’m outside these walls, I will be treated as a human being and not stared at or looked down on because of my past. So many prisoners get turned down from great opportunities when returned back into society, trying to get their life back on track. It’s very important to me that God gave me this chance, and now I will do His will for my family life as well as my personal life. This is why having a Fresh Start Outlook means so much to me.

Andrew S.

One of PEP’s Driving Values that stands out to me the most is “Fresh Start” Outlook, because I was always discouraged about being released back into society. I felt that I would be viewed different because of the crime I committed and the felony record that will follow me for the rest of my life. “Who wants to hire a felon?” I always asked myself. After what I have learned in PEP, I have gained confidence that I can be a productive member of my community. I now look forward to sharing my story.

Rodolfo P.

If I had to choose my favorite Driving Value, it would have to be “Fresh-Start” Outlook, without a doubt. It not only explains how people like myself can change, but gives us a blank slate on which to start over. No matter what we have done in our past, we are able to start over and begin anew with a solid foundation on which to build success and happiness. With the “Fresh-Start” Outlook, we don’t have to worry about the damage behind us, but focus instead on the unbiased future we can work toward and succeed in obtaining!

Jack O.

Fresh Start Outlook stands out and catches my attention the most, because it reminds me that I was given the opportunity to forget about my past and focus more on righting my wrongs. I always thought that because of the poor decisions I made in my life, I would have to just live with them without having the opportunity to correct them.  Boy was I wrong! Here at PEP, I can honestly say that I have been equipped with the proper tools to go out into society and have a big impact in the community – as well as to any other people I come in contact with – in the new future. I am thankful for this fresh start I was given.

Lamarco M.

“Fresh Start” Outlook is what I value the most. I have always searched for a new beginning. I always struggled mentally and emotionally, falling prey to the same cycle of disappointment. I went through the same pattern of misfortune repeatedly until I came face-to-face with a new reality: a second chance at life. I am a man in need of a true second chance, and because of God and a great support system, I am now going through the process of starting fresh again. Sometimes starting over again is the best solution. But I don’t mean only in society; a fresh start is beautiful when it happens within us.

Joshua Lar.

This is my second time in prison.  Not only did I deserve to come here, but I’m glad that I did.  At first I did 13 years and 2 months. When I got out I was angry and immediately got lost to a life without rules, unafraid of any consequences.  This five-year sentence I received was out of anger.  Now that I understand what causes me to become angry, I have learned to find different techniques to avoid it.  “Fresh Start” Outlook is what comes to mind.  All of my family will be shocked and amazed when they see the new Henry.

Henry M.

The Driving Value that stands out the most to me is “Fresh Start” Outlook. PEP believes that every inmate is a human being in need of a true second chance (which for many may actually be a legitimate first chance). We will treat every inmate with respect, regardless of background or personal history. We strive to equip human beings to achieve their full potential. We believe that people can change, dignity can be restored and, as a result, society will reap bountifully. I have a “Fresh Start” with my family. Before PEP, my mother was tired of hearing me say I’m going to change. This time she didn’t have to hear me say I’m going to change, she just noticed the change in me even when I couldn’t see the change in myself yet. I thank PEP for the “Fresh Start” with my family.

Vincent C.

Since I first started PEP and became aware that we would go through a program that would not only enable us to change the way we look at and perceive ourselves but also the way we perceive things around us, “Fresh Start” Outlook has been the one Driving Value that I’ve been more thoughtful about.  I feel that all of us deserve a fresh start in our lives.  We have made a decision to change the way we do things, the way we think and the expectation that we have of ourselves.  PEP has given us a new foundation to build upon and society should give us a true second chance, not only to prove ourselves to others, but to prove ourselves to us.

Michael B.

 

Fun

Work is an important part of life and it should be fun and rewarding. We seek to create a work environment that encourages laughter, imagination, fellowship and creativity. We regularly celebrate positive results and recognize those involved in the success.

“Work is an important part of life and it should be fun and rewarding. We seek to create a work environment that encourages laughter, imagination, fellowship and creativity. We regularly celebrate positive results and recognize those involved in the success.” Now, that is PEP’s definition of fun. The first thing that stood out to me when I read that was the first word in the definition: work. I had become so accustomed to having fun without work that this definition made me reevaluate myself and my thinking. Throughout my time in PEP, I have learned how to put the fun back into work. I really and truly do enjoy all the hard work I have put into the program, and I enjoy all of the fun and silly games we have played.

Justin G.

Innovation


We embrace a pioneering spirit and are constantly in the pursuit of innovation and improvement in our efforts to help others. We expect dramatic change. We are committed to seeing beyond the current perception, and even the current reality, to break stereotypes and shape new futures.

One of the most important things that have influenced my stay in any correctional facility is being innovative. This has allowed me to provide for myself financially, as well as set myself apart from the masses. Innovation gives me a sense of self-expression and individualism in a place like this. Innovation is a value that gives me the opportunity to look at the world around me and interpret it as I see fit. It gives me a sense of self-worth while co-existing with those around me.

Stefen M.

Innovation is the Driving Value that stands out to me the most because not only is innovation a core value and strategy within my business state of mind, but it’s also a powerful principle in my way of life. “Thou shall not limit innovation to business only,” as innovation is a key element to evolution and the overall well-being of mankind. We can introduce new concepts of innovation in all things through our efforts to make the world a better place.

Royce H.

 

Integrity


We model and require complete honesty and integrity in all our relationships and endeavors. Integrity means more than simply the absence of deception; it means we are completely forthright in all our dealings. We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear. We are truthful with ourselves, listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives, correct us and reveal to us our blind spots.

Webster’s Dictionary defines integrity as “incorruptibility” and “completeness.” I’ve never been more completely sure of the kind of man I am, the man I was, and the man I need to be to take me places I’ve never been before. I’ve never been more completely sure of the paths I need to take and where they will lead. I’ve never been more completely open to change, knowing the other side of that transformation brings not only what my family and I need, but what this world needs as well. Completely incorruptible men with a sense of purpose and destiny, achieving heights never seen before, paving paths never yet trod, and setting the example for the next generation as to what it means to be a real man living with integrity.

Mitchell E.

PEP has had a dramatic impact on my life. Out of all the 10 Driving Values we were taught to live by, the value of Integrity had the most impact on me because for many years leading up to PEP, I was not being honest with myself or others. See, I did not like who I was or what I had become. So, I lied to myself and others to make them happy and hide the true me. The real me was buried under a thick layer of no self-respect and no self-confidence. I did not like who I was. It wasn’t until I started being honest with myself and others that the real me started to rise to the surface once again.

William C.

Integrity is the Driving Value that means the most to me because I used to abuse it so much. I truly understand how important integrity is in life now. You have to have honesty in relationships and endeavors. Integrity means more than simply the absence of deception; it means we are completely forthright in all our dealings. We must first be truthful  to ourselves, while at the same time listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives. It’s important that we are corrected and shown our blind spots so we can improve.

Edward T.

Integrity stands out the most to me because it tells you a lot about a person and is one of the most important values that I have. Integrity goes a long way, because I would rather hear what a person has to say than for that person to tell me what I want to hear. In short, I would rather a person tell me the truth than to just lie to me. I want to know what a person has to say, because if there is a flaw or something I need to work on, I would rather know now and start fixing it than never know.

Ismael O.

When I first got here to PEP, I would always hear about the 10 Driving Values. At our first event, we elaborated on two of them: Accountability and Integrity. At first I didn’t know what integrity was until one of the executives explained it. That’s when I knew that the Driving Value Integrity was going to be my favorite. Before my incarceration, integrity was totally absent in my life. It took me getting locked up and being lied to plenty of times by my family, which caused me a lot of pain, to finally realize it was karma. All the lying I did out there was finally catching up to me, so I made a conscience decision: to tell the truth no matter what, even when it’s something that would hurt someone, as long as they knew the truth. Now, my new friends, family and girlfriend know that integrity is one of my core values and how important it is. They also know how much I hate liars. The people who are in my life here have started to practice this value as well, and that makes me happy because that shows me that I’m helping create a positive change in their lives.

Ivan M.

The Driving Value that stands out the most to me is Integrity, because I value everything it stands for and what it means. Integrity plays a big role in my life, especially the part where it says, “We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear.” It means being honest with myself and others no matter what the situation might be.

Isai M.

I would have to say that the Driving Value that stands out to me is Integrity, which states: ‘‘We model and require complete honesty and integrity in all our relationships and endeavors. Integrity means more than simply the absence of deception; it means we are completely forthright in all of our dealings. We say what needs to be said, not simply what people want to hear. We are truthful with ourselves, listening attentively to feedback from others as they speak into our lives, correct us and reveal to us our blind spots.’’ 

Teddy M.

Out of the 10 Driving Values that PEP lives by, the one that stands out the most to me is Integrity. For me, integrity is what truly defines you as a person. Integrity is doing what is right even when nobody else is looking. To call someone a “good” person, that person must display integrity in every aspect of life. This person must have spiritual integrity, moral integrity, integrity at work, integrity with family and integrity in everyday dealings. One cannot be trusted with anything without integrity.

William H.

The Driving Value that stands out the most to me is Integrity. I believe that without integrity, you will not succeed in life. I believe people will respect you anywhere you go when they know you’re a man of integrity who can be trusted. If you’re running a business, you have to have integrity in order to be trusted so people will want to do business with you. I also believe that honesty and integrity are keys to a healthy relationship with your spouse. With integrity, you will be able to hold yourself accountable also. I believe without integrity there’s no accountability. I never knew what integrity was until I joined this program, and I honestly believe it has made me a better man. I have no problem holding myself accountable now that I have integrity.

Adam F.

Love


We are committed to service in love. PEP staff and leaders will be patient and kind, never envious or boastful or rude. We will not seek our own way nor be easily provoked; rather, we will bear all things and endure all things. We will rejoice in the truth and always seek out the best in others.

The Driving Value that stands out to me the most is Love. What love means to me is being able to show care for your family and friends. Of all the different levels of love, the most important to me is unconditional love. There are many ways of showing love – it just depends who it is you are showing that love to. Love makes the world go around and is a universal law for peace.  I will continue to show love.

Enrique C.

The most important Driving Value to me is Love. PEP’s definition of Love is very close to what the Word of GOD says. I truly believe that without Love, we would not be able to do the other nine Driving Values successfully. Love is what holds everything together in this life. If we didn’t have love in our hearts, we wouldn’t see the good that people have within them, and would have given up on them long ago. Love has many shades: love of a sister, a brother, a father and a mother, a lover and love of friends. There is love that’s great and love that’s never enough for others; love that makes me laugh and love that brings me great sorrow; but most importantly, there is unconditional love.

Alberto E.

Love is very important to me and it should be manifested at all times. A lack of love causes emotional problems that no one should experience. Being that I truly understand love now drives me to show the ones I care about how to show it genuinely on a regular, daily basis. Love is a part of my family foundation and something that we take seriously; it’s like the glue that keeps us together. Everybody deserves to be loved properly, and that is why love should be a part of everyone’s core values.

DeJuan W.

I think love stands out the most to me because love holds all the Driving Values together. If you love yourself, you will love those around you. It takes loving yourself to hold yourself accountable, which gives you access to hold your brother accountable. I think the same method applies to all of the Driving Values. If you love yourself, you will have integrity and part of having integrity is saying what needs to be said, not only what people want to hear. You have to have love flowing from you to be able to do that from the heart.

Jimmie T.

The Driving Value stands out to me is love. No matter how mad you are at anyone, you should still be committed to showing everyone love. Also, when you give love to people who are mad or just having a bad day, that love you give them can brighten their day. I try to be more loving and kind because sometimes I am not that outgoing with love, but I do have love and patience when people need it, or when individuals come and talk to me.

Matthew P.

I choose love. It stands out to me more than the others, because with the way a lot of us were raised without caring about others, ourselves or the environment we came from, it was all about number one. I was raised with family that showed me a lot of love, but with the environment, I chose not to see it. Once I came to prison and saw the way my family still had my back, I started to see real love. Then with participation in PEP, the love that came from those who don’t even know you or your character but still sacrifice all their time and effort, they did all that just to show us that we can still make a success out of ourselves. If that is not LOVE, then I don’t know what it is.

Mike O.

The Driving Value that stands out to me the most is Love. The greatest gift from God is love. Love brings the best out of people. When the executives show up to our events, that’s love. When they donate their hard-earned money, that’s love. And the fact that they keep this program rolling, that’s love. I’ve put my family through so much, yet they still love me unconditionally. That’s love. There are so many catastrophes that happen around the world, and when money won’t change a thing, love will. Love is the greatest gift in life, and I love you all.

Jesse M.

Love is what makes the world go around. We love our children, parents and pets. If we did not have love, the world would not have a reason to go around. I love a good day’s work. I love to earn a good day’s pay. We love Jesus. We need to love each other and help each other always. God loves us, for the song goes, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”

Douglas M.

Out of the 10 Driving Values, I think love stands out. In my opinion, the other Driving Values cannot stand apart from this one. If we use integrity, accountability or innovation, we use these values out of love – whether for ourselves or for others, we hold these good values because of love. If love is removed from the “Big 10,” then what would be the driving force? Not God, because God’s doctrine is love; not selfishness, because that will defy more than one of the 10 Driving Values; but the 10 Driving Values cannot drive anyone without love. If we love one another then the 10 Driving Values will mean something internally.

Michael M.

Love is the most important Driving Value because God’s two greatest commandments have to do with love: love God, and love thy neighbor. This is a very important aspect of prosperity in life. Altruism is one of the greatest qualities a person can possess – nothing is greater than when people give unselfishly of themselves. This philosophy is key to many of the most advantageous programs known today. It is also a main reason for the effectiveness of the Prison Entrepreneurship Program. Love is not an emotion; love is an action.

James M.

Love has transformed me all through my life. I am so thankful that I do not hate like I used to. I used to wake up mad and look for a reason to display my rage. Now that I found out that love will make me happy no matter what, I will never dwell in torment ever again. Now I can share all that I have learned with others and find so much satisfaction in watching pain and animosity just melt away.

Joshua Lam.

I believe that the Driving Value that stands out the most to me is Love. I say that because before I came to PEP, I had a false sense of what love truly was. But now that I have been through the Robert Lewis curriculum and PEP, I have a true understanding of what love truly means. Now that I love myself and know what exactly that love truly is, I will be able to get out and give my wife the love she deserves, as well as my family and friends.

Jimmie H.

My favorite Driving Value is Love. You see, it’s easy and even natural to do things for yourself, but it is in our service to others in love that we find our freedom. The Bible maintains that love is the greatest commandment and defines it as “patient and kind; never envious, or boastful, or rude.” It also says that “perfect love casts out fear” and “though if I speak with the tongues of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal…and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

Jared G.

As individuals, as human beings, we’re constantly being exposed to negativity and a mixed set of emotions that accompany that negativity. We’re constantly experiencing doubt, whether it comes from peers or self. As we go through life, we begin to realize that there’s something missing in this world today. That something is love. I’m a member of a non-profit prison reform organization called Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or PEP for short. In PEP, we are committed to service in love. Love is patient, love is kind. Love is never envious nor boastful, nor rude. Love can never be bought, nor can it be taken, it can only be given or accepted. The most powerful form of love is agape love, which the Greeks defined as “the love of a decision, not an emotion; the love of the will.” This suggests that it is possible to love another through sheer decision, through the ups and downs. Equally importantly, this suggests that we can choose to love ourselves.

Only after love is in our hearts can we care enough to walk in our day-to-day lives with Integrity. After love, we can decide to forgive others for their transgressions, forgive ourselves and have a “Fresh Start” Outlook. That’s the point when we can serve others, and think with a Servant-Leader Mentality. When we serve those we lead, we are given more, and to whom much is given, much is required. We will be held accountable for our actions and believe in the Accountability of our brothers and ourselves. Not everyone operates the same, so we need to use Innovation to reach different people. We then are able to learn from others as we constantly strive toward Excellence. We need to not only listen, but we need action and Execution to be better every day than we were the day before. We need Wise Stewardship to not waste others’ time or resources. Then, after everything, even though being conscious of all these things requires a lot of effort and work, we need to reward ourselves with clean Fun. The precursor to all of these, though, is love. That is why the Driving Value of Love stands out to me the most.

Rafael C.

Love would be the Driving Value that most stands out to me. The God that I serve, the One True God, is a God of Love. I would not have been able to turn my life around if it were not for the love of Jesus Christ. Thanks to His infinite love I have a family and I have hope. Not only does He love me, but He teaches me how to love others. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. Yeah, love ROCKS!!

Dustin B.

Servant-Leader Mentality


PEP believes that with leadership comes the overriding responsibility to be of service to others. We believe the contributions we make in the lives of others are far more important than our own accomplishments. We will lead by example with humility at the sacrifice of personal glory. PEP exists because of our desire to serve all those with whom we come in contact, especially our participants, executives, partners, donors, prison staff and the community at large.

Servant-Leader Mentality has made the biggest impact on me so far. I’ve always known what a leader was and have always been one among my peers. The reason Servant-Leader has had such a great effect is because I’ve never instilled this into my life until recently. I’ve always believed that I can lead by example and by doing me, and others either would follow or they wouldn’t. Being a Servant-Leader though, and actually serving my peers and others for their benefit, is completely different. Putting myself to the side and serving in a leadership way has been profound meaningful. By applying this Driving Value, I have the confidence to take that step forward to better those around me, which in turn doubles the effect in return.

Kelsey M.

This is the most important Driving Value in life to me. Servant-Leader Mentality is also the most difficult value to practice because our egos get in the way of being a servant. As I learn through life, what I have noticed is that self-interest is always in the way. Not only is it difficult to put the need of others before your own, but in order for one to lead you have to care for others. They also need to allow you to lead because they know you care.

Manuel A.

Out of the 10 Driving Values that PEP is founded on, the one that stands out to me the most is Servant-Leader Mentality. To be a good leader is no easy task. You must lead by example and operate with integrity, excellence, execution, love, fun, accountability, innovation, and be a wise steward. To be a good leader, you must be able to serve your peers, your employer and your family. True leaders are looked up to and held to a higher standard. The Servant-Leader Mentality is difficult to achieve and maintain, and because it covers all of the 10 Driving Values, this is an important value that stands out the most to me.

George S.

Servant-Leader Mentality is the Driving Value that means the most to me. When one realizes how much more there is to gain from serving others before ever expecting anything in return, or the gratification that one feels if you expect nothing at all, is such a satisfying emotion. I believe this could be a natural remedy for the feeling of incompleteness. It is also a great feeling to see your work or service being emulated and reciprocated. It is amazing how a small gesture can reach more than one person.

Noe U.

The Driving Value that stands out most to me is Servant-Leader Mentality. This value is significant to me because it basically is leading through service. It is a great and powerful concept. Usually when you think of a leader, you think of someone powerful, smart and at the head of the pack. When you add in the word “servant,” the image of the leader changes. When your team sees you sacrifice for the good of the team, the team members will be all the more ready to follow you.

Oscar F.

Wise Stewardship

We are committed to the mentality of a steward: someone entrusted with another’s wealth or property and charged with the responsibility of managing it in the owner’s best interest. We will apply donors’ funds as promised. We are committed to being a lean organization, and as a staff, we are also committed to modest salary and expense levels. We use funds intelligently, efficiently, and strategically to achieve maximum benefit for all whom we serve.

The Driving Value that stands out to me the most is Wise Stewardship, because being a wise steward means being responsible for your actions and commitments to those who trust you with their property or wealth. I’ve come to the realization that a wise steward is a person who upholds the best interests of others, regardless of whether it’s family or friends, social- or business-related.  Wise stewards want to be the ones who take action and responsibility, think strategically and benefit those they serve. That’s why I believe that wise stewardship is the best choice for me, because it is serving the best interest of others.

Kevin G.