The purpose of this paper is to investigate innate versus adapted values, how this affects the success of an educator in the online classroom, and the ability to embrace and impact spheres of influence. The innate values that we are created with are influenced by culture, family, education. It is adapted values that can influence perspective for both the educator and student. As educators, it is important to understand this and to work to pull from the core (innate) values of students and ourselves. The 7 mountains of culture represent those areas of influence over society.