I’m delighted to let you know that we had our greatest number of submissions for the letter “I”: over 40! Thanks everyone:)
According to the dictionary, Integrity is defined as: “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” The Integrity-Based Business, an article in Fast Company, speaks to issues of integrity in Vision, Mission, Functions, Teams and Finances.
Dr. David Gruder, author of The New IQ: How Integrity Intelligence Serves You, Your Relationships and Our World states: “Integrity isn’t a burden – it’s a path to joy. Integrity isn’t a sacrifice – it’s a path to fulfillment.”
When we operate with integrity, in business and in life, we elevate trust, and as they say: People do business with people they know, like and trust.
Adam Toporek suggested Improve, and how can one argue against improvement? Taking a Kaizen approach – the relentless pursuit of a better way – small, manageable chunks of improvement – incremental improvement – can only benefit one’s business.
Ideas, Intelligence and Intuition were all submitted by David Goldstein.
One of my favourite places to find Ideas is TED:Ideas worth spreading.
Intuition is something that I believe we all possess, but perhaps don’t always listen to or trust. I’m a firm believer in “trust your gut”, and observe the messages that come to you in “feelings” or “senses”. Frank Dickinson wrote a cool post about Intuition for Bloggers here.
Harkening back to Intelligence, Mark Harai said, and I quote:
“Intelligence – as in use it. Ignorance – as in learn more. Idiot – as in don’t be one.” No mincing of words there:)
Inspire was suggested by both Erin Feldman and Jen Olney. We inspire someone when we stimulate them to take action, or when we breathe life into a project or initiative. Inspiration can come from so many sources. I’m inspired by the beauty of nature, music, dance and painting. But I’m equally inspired by my own Initiative (thanks Amber-Lee for that one), from reading the success stories of others and from the things I can Imagine (thanks Hajra Khatoon for the Idea of Imagine:)
And of course, I could never give up an opportunity for a Beatles moment, so here’s Imagine. Yes, I’m a dreamer:)
Jayme Soulati stumped me with the word Interwebs. I now know that’s a slang, sarcastic term for the Internet. At least I thought it was, until I plugged the word into google and got bedazzled. So what does it mean Jayme?
Independence came from Mariam Kobras, and I struggled a bit with that word. One dictionary definition: “The state or quality of being independent; freedom from dependence; exemption from reliance on, or control by, others; self-subsistence or maintenance; direction of one’s own affairs without interference. Sufficient means for a comfortable livelihood.” I like the idea of Independence and Interdependence, depending upon the circumstances. (Is that too many dependent words in one sentence?:))))
Howie, in true space daiquiri style, said: “Indeed, I’ll incite Interesting Items Including Ironing Icicles in Iceland” (hence the title of this post:), while also providing Inexperience, Innocence, IPhone, Interloper and Isadora.”
Well, I don’t really know about the ironing of icicles, and I sure don’t want to be an Interloper, so I’m going to pick my favourite word in that mix: Isadora. Check out this grainy but beautiful video of Isadora Duncan. I love her statement: “To dance is to live. What I want is a school of life.”
And aren’t we all students in the school of life?
Whew! That was a mighty powerful list of “I” words. I hope they don’t give you Insomnia (see Jens Berget, I was able to get your word in there too!)
Now bring on the “J”s!