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50 Values Tournament: And the Winner Is…

And the Winner Is

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#50Values Tournament Final Four

Today is the final day of the Final Four of the #50Values Tournament that we started here on the Values Storying blog three weeks ago. We started with 50 commonly valued ethics and have been working our way toward this community’s most treasured value, the one my readers would most want to be able to pass along to the next generation.

Final Four Results

One of the questions I hear most about values storying–the passing of values from one generation to the next through the stories we tell…and re-tell–is this: Where do I start? I thought the 50 Values Tournament would help narrow down the most important core values that we hold to know where to start. In the weeks to come, we will take a look at how to take the Final Four (plus one) and make them a part of our families’ legacies.

Four values battled it out to be the winner of the Values Storying community 50 Values Tournament. The values that survived the first three rounds were

  • Faith
  • Family
  • Integrity
  • Love

Before Announcing the Winner…

…a little about each of the Final Four, along with some comments from participants:

  • Faith – This was considered the underlying reason to teach many of the others core values.
    • Without faith, where would we be? The faith of a mustard seed can move mountains. Imagine if everyone had even half that faith?
  • Family – The context in which most values are transferred, family becomes a value in itself.
    • “Family is a value that is quickly becoming of less importance. Now is the time to take back the family and make it important again.”
  • Integrity – An appealing choice as it encompasses many other values, life honesty.
    • “Integrity involves truthfulness of the heart, not just an outward following of the rules.”
  • Love – From a biblical standpoint, the greatest combination of all the other values means nothing without love.
    • “Without love, no matter what I say or do, I’m just making noise. (Annoying noise)”

And the Winner Is…


The final order by your vote:

  1. Faith
  2. Love
  3. Family
  4. Integrity (Interestingly, integrity was a unanimous winner in almost every other round.)

I correctly guessed three of the Final Four–faith, integrity, and love. I had wisdom losing in the championship game to love. Faith is a fine winner, though, and will represent the values storying community well.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 50 Values Tournament. I look forward to the conversations to come about how to implement faith, family, integrity, and love into our family legacies. Let me know what aspects of these core values you would like to see addressed.

About Al Ainsworth

Al Ainsworth is a values storyteller. He works with individuals, businesses, churches, and other organizations to pass along their values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Al is the author of Lines in the Gravel, Stories from the Roller Coaster (of a Faith Life), and the Coach Dave series. Subscribe to his email list for more values storying.

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