By: Gary K. Pino, FMP Just recently, IDO Incorporated hosted two (2) very nice Interior Design college students from Purdue University (Chrissy Gapinski & Sara Tokoly), who spent the day with us, job shadowing and getting a taste of the Interior Design profession. After spending a full day with them: ‘teaching’, answering questions, and sharing our knowledge & experience with them, the day just flew by before we knew it. A couple of days later, we received two (2) very profound and insightful “Thank You” notes from Chrissy and Sara. I guess what really and pleasantly stood out to me was Chrissy’s assessment and perception of our Firm’s: “energy …, what we strive for as a whole …, and the inspiration in which we provided her…,” and most importantly ~ her statement, “I definitely noticed something special about your firm from all your positive energy and real passion for design.” After marveling at Chrissy’s observation, it reminded me of a pretty funny and compelling movie called, “You, Me and Dupree”, but with a much deeper and inner meaning of course. Chrissy’s well stated testimony to our designers touched on the designers’ personal “NESS” … (i.e., their Janet-ness, Cherie-ness, Julie-ness, Amanda-ness, Tony-ness, Shannon-ness, Donna-ness, Lee-ness and Jill-ness). The “ness” that all of them demonstrate on a daily basis includes all the very positive characteristics and traits that they bring to the IDO Incorporated table in order to make us the awesome Firm that we are today! I saw an interesting related article that can explain and clarify Randolph Dupree’s “NESS” way better than I could … so at your leisure, and if you’re interested, here’s everything you always wanted to know (or don’t want to know) about the philosophy of finding your “NESS” … and, no, I’m not crazy … my “Ness” just includes telling people how great they are!!! “CliffsNotes” version: “Your “-ness”. In the world of Dupree, this is the one characteristic that defines us as human beings. What makes you happy? What makes you sad? What do you show the world? How do you treat people? Have you found your “-ness?