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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Time, Money and Life-Balance, Part 1
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Marketing Means Networking
6. Resources You Can Use
7. Humor: Medical Chart Absurdities

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1. The One-Minute TIP

It always amazed me that highly successful people seem to
be LESS busy than the rest of us until I realized that they
arrange it that way. This week, challenge yourself to be a
great manager! Manage yourself, your environment and your
relationships so you create the life you truly want.

2. Welcome Notes

This has been another wonderful, summer week. Lots of corn
on the cob and barbequed chicken. (Mary's finally getting
tired of corn on the cob. I don't understand that! <g>)

About 35 people wrote to comment on my note about our habit
of ending the day on our deck, holding hands and watching
the stars come out. Thanks to each of you for your wonderful
notes! (TIP's must have the nicest subscribers in the whole

And, in return, I want to remind you that you can get a
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3: Time, Money and Life Balance, Part 1

This is the beginning of a three-part series on the topics
I get the most questions about: Time, Money and Life-Balance.
I thought we should address them head-on, starting with time,
because it's the basis for success (and failure) in every
area of life.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot "manage" time.
Time just is. It moves in one direction, and you can't
speed it up, or slow it down, or create more of it.

You can't save time or buy time, or make time. You can't
borrow it or squander it or kill it, and the folks who
write about "time management" should know better. With
time, your only choice is to use it to create the life you
want, or to live with the regret that time (and opportunity)
have passed you by.

When we talk about "time management" what we are actually
talking about is "life management", and I believe that
falls into three basic categories.

1. The first is Self Management. Folks who don't have
enough time usually have too much of too many other things.
They don't have enough time, but they have lots of errands,
lots of work, lots of hobbies, lots of commitments and lots
of "stuff". They fill their lives with promises and
deadlines. They are always busy, but complain their hard
work doesn't produce the results they wanted.

Highly successful people manage their commitments. They
say "No!" - often, and forcefully. They decline invitations.
They refuse to accept other people's burdens. They are
very selfish about sticking to their goals and priorities.

Highly successful people have a mature wisdom about this.
They cannot do or have all the possibilities in life, so
they commit to doing a few things very well, and manage
their lives around those selected commitments.

2. The second skill is Environmental Excellence. I've
written a great deal about Personal Eco-Systemstm, and you
can download my free ebook on the topic at:

Highly successful people are fussy about their homes and
offices. They don't have as many crises as other people.
Yes, emergencies happen, but usually their environments
serve and support them elegantly. Whether it's having
"reserves" so they don't have to run to the store before
dinner, or having great tools, or hiring a housekeeper,
they rarely waste time. Their homes and offices encourage
excellence and support productivity.

3. The third skill is Effective Relationships. Highly
successful people communicate well and often. They are
choosy about their friends, and have clear boundaries.
They value their relationships with friends and loved ones,
but they also keep things "clean".

Highly successful people don't answer the phone every time
it rings. They arrange boundaries so they can focus on
their work, their personal development, and their loved
ones, without interruptions. Time with family is treated
like time with a valued client. Work and personal time
are organized so they rarely interfere with each other.

There is a tremendous level of skill in managing life so
time is used well, but consider the alternative! It always
amazed me that highly successful people seem to be less
busy than the rest of us until I realized that they arrange
it that way. They join fewer clubs, make fewer promises,
run fewer errands and waste less of life's most precious

Next week, we'll talk about managing money - yes, you can
manage money! You can create it, replace it, save it, even
make it grow, but none of that is true with time. Time
just is, and we either manage our lives and use time
effectively, or we don't. This week, challenge yourself to
be a great manager! Manage yourself, your environment and
your relationships so you create the life you truly want.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid
changing it."
                                  -- Elaine St. James

"If you are never scared, embarrassed, or hurt, it means
you never take chances."
                                  -- Julia Soul

"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we
are, but in what direction we are moving."
                                 -- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Live out of your imagination, not your history."
                                  -- Stephen Covey

5. Strictly Business: Marketing Means Networking

In the end, marketing is always about networking - it's
who you know, and who knows YOU that counts. While we may
buy lunch at a restaurant we've never heard of or go to a
movie we know nothing about, most of the time we do
business with people we know and trust. It always comes
back to that.

And even those lunches I mentioned - how often have you
stopped at a McDonalds not because you love the food, but
because you know and trust the brand? It always comes down
to familiarity, predictability and trust.

Here are four strategies that have worked for thousands of
small business owners. They are not "quick fixes", and
they will require more of you than merely buying an
advertising campaign, but they are likely to produce better

1. Let people get to know YOU. Join organizations you
believe in. Work for worthy causes, donate your time to
charities and civic groups. You'll be helping your
community, you'll know your customers, and more
importantly, they will know and appreciate you.

2. Communicate in every way possible. Instead of buying a
radio ad, why not be a guest expert and answer questions?
Instead of buying an ad in the local paper, write a column.
Instead of mailing brochures, send a newsletter filled with
practical information, community events - and a coupon.

3. Donate to community organizations. Offer your
professional services for a reduced fee (or free) to local
groups. Donate supplies to a local school or community
center. Invest in your audience and they will, in turn, be
more likely to invest with you in the future.

4. Make your website a true resource. A website that is
merely an electronic brochure will have limited value.
Provide resources folks can use! Have a link to the local
weather, traffic reports or the stock market. Give people
a reason to use your site, and to return regularly.

Branding is always about YOU. Yes, branding your company
name is helpful, and branding your goods and services is a
nice idea. But the more people who know and appreciate
you, the more business you'll do. In the end, marketing is
about networking.

6. Resources You Can Use:

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7. Humor: Medical Chart Absurdities

Ever wonder what your doctor REALLY writes in your chart?
Here are a few gems written, we must assume, but absent-
minded professionals in a hurry!

1. Patient has chest pain if she lies on her left side for over a year.
2. 0n the second day the knee was better, and on the third day it disappeared.
3. The patient has been depressed since she began seeing me in I993.
4. Discharge status: Alive but without my permission.
5. The patient has no previous history of suicides.
6. Patient has left white blood cells at another hospital.
7. Patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.
8. Healthy-appearing, decrepit 69-year old male, mentally alert but forgetful.
9. She is numb from her toes down.
10. While in ER, she was examined, X-rated and sent home.
11. The skin was moist and dry.
12. Occasional, constant infrequent headaches.
13. Patient was alert and unresponsive.
14. She stated that she had been constipated for most
     other life, until she got a divorce.
15. I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for Physical therapy.
16. The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took a job as a
      stockbroker instead.
17. Skin: somewhat pale but present.
18. Patient has two teenage children, but no other abnormalities.


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!(tm)
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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