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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 17, 2002
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Froth, Foam and Performance
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  A List Worthy of You 
6. Resources You Can Use
7. Humor:  Amazing Factoies

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Highly effective people don't always drive fancy cars or
have flamboyant lifestyles. Often they are the "sneaky"
ones who go about their business, focus on their priorities,
live simple, orderly lives, and suddenly amaze us with
their "over night success". While others around them
are full of froth, foam and drama, they just roll in and go
about their business.

2. Welcome Notes

What a wonderful fall week! We've had a week of storms
here in Oregon, and that may not sound pleasant, but
reading by the fire and looking across the room at Mary in
her chair while the rain beats against the window, makes
for a great afternoon. And, by Thursday, the rains let up
and you can read about that adventure, below.

I've had several speaking invitations recently, and I love
that! Unfortunately, this week I had to decline an invitation
to Lake Placid, NY, because of short notice, and that was
very sad. If you would like me to speak to your group or
organization, please send an email and let's make it happen!
I love speaking about achievement and human performance,
and if you have a conference or retreat planned, please
contact me. My email is:

Next, an apology and correction. Last week I high-lighted
my article on year-end tax strategies, but the link was
unreliable and dozens of folks didn't get through. Here is
a corrected link to using the tax laws to save money and
make 2003 your most profitable year ever!  Click here!

Finally, last week I mentioned my World Class Life(tm)
seminar in June, and people are already inquiring about how
to register, including one man from New Zealand! I am
psyched! Normally, I don't firm up those arrangements
until January, but based on the interest, I'll try to get
on it this month. Watch TIP's for all the details!

Remember, you are always encouraged to forward TIP's to
anyone who might enjoy it. Your recommendation is how we
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send it to as many folks as you'd like. Thanks!

3:  Foam, Froth, and Performance

This past Thursday, Mary and I had an unexpected day at the
beach. Some meetings were cancelled, so about mid-morning
we decided to head for the Oregon coast for lunch. It turned
out be one of those amazing, perfect days when the sun is
out, the air is warm and even the usual ocean breezes were
minimal. We had a wonderful time.

But lest you think we only held hands and enjoyed each
other's company, let me assure you, I was working! Yes,
that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Here's why that
trip was tax deductible, even though some might mis-
interpret it as a day off. You see, the waves tell the
story of success in business and in life.

After lunch at one of our favorite resorts (The Adobe in
Yachats, for those familiar with the Oregon coast), we went
up to their Loft, over-looking the rocks and waves below.
We watched the breakers roll in, crashing on the rocks
and sending spray high in the air. We sipped our Spanish
coffee's (remember, it was a work day, and I needed my
coffee break) and talked strictly about business. (Well,
maybe about other stuff, too, but what office doesn't have
an occasional office romance? Everybody does it, right?)

But back to work. The waves are rolling in, the seagulls
are dipping and diving, and the sun is shining, just like
any other hard day at the office, and that's when I saw the
"secret" that made the day so profitable.

Below us, along the rocky shoreline, was a small inlet
where the waves could maneuver between the rocks to a
stretch of smooth sand. The opening was only a few yards
wide, but in that small space, the water could glide up,
swoosh along the sand, and drain quietly back to the ocean.
Except that most waves didn't do it that way.

Most waves preferred to splash their way in. Even if they
avoided the rocks and found the inlet, most waves still
pushed themselves into dramatic, churning caldrons and
attacked the beach with all the drama they could muster.
They would crash with a mighty roar, and then peter out
just short of a small rock that was shaped remarkably like
a sleeping seal.

We began to watch this pattern and noticed that every once
in a while, one wave would push much further up the beach
and wash over our "seal", while most waves fell far short.
I got curious to see if I could detect the difference and
predict which waves would "make it" to our rock.

Within moments, the difference was obvious. The majority
of waves spent all their energy lifting themselves into the
air, churning and foaming as "breakers". They were
beautiful and impressive, but when they "tipped over" all
that energy was wasted and the water simply drained back to
the sea. The few waves that made it to the rock were the
sneaky ones.

When they came in, the ocean just seemed to "swell"
slightly. There was a gentle, discernable rolling but it
didn't catch the eye or demand attention. It just sort of
happened, and before you knew it, the water had "oozed"
forward, all the way to our seal-rock. No drama. No
excitement. Not much to see, but vastly more "forward
progress". What a difference!

In working with highly effective people, and some not-so-
effective people, one of the distinctions is how they use
their energy. We all have the same amount of time, and
most of us have good skills, and lots of ambition. The
difference is in "drama verses performance".

Highly effective people don't always drive fancy cars or
have flamboyant lifestyles. Often they are the "sneaky"
ones who go about their business, focus on their
priorities, live simple, orderly lives, and suddenly amaze
us with their "over night success". While others around
them are full of froth, foam and drama, they just roll in
and go about their business.

Or, at least that's what I learned at the office today.
Make it a GREAT week!

4. Quotes of the Week

"It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The
question is, 'What are we busy about?'"
                                     -- Henry David Thoreau

"We must either find a way or make one."
                                     -- Hannibal

"Follow your dream. Take one step at a time and don't
settle for less, just continue to climb."
                                     -- Amanda Bradley

"Be bold. If you're going to make an error, make a doozy,
and don't be afraid to hit the ball."
                                     -- Billie Jean King

5. Strictly Business:  A List Worthy of You

Most people have been told to organize their day and work
with a "to do" list. We've been told to list our priorities,
write them down, start at the top and check each one off
as it's completed. Unfortunately, my experience is that
very few of us either do that, or find it satisfying.

There is a better way.

I recommend creating a list of your top values, the things
that remain constant over time, and then designing each day
around those life-choices.

Most people can quickly name the handful of people,
relationships, projects and purposes that are most
important to them. These might include their career, their
families, their health or something as concrete as buying a
new home. The specifics are different for each of us, but
most people can identify their personal list.

The problem is that most of us never actually WRITE IT
DOWN! My suggestion is that you write down your 5 or 10
top priorities and keep the list where you can see it, and
will actually read it each day. Review it each morning.
Smile as you read it, picturing each item in your mind.

Then, design your day and your "to do" list around those
major priorities. Sure, some days will be spent on trivial
errands or whatever, but most days, most of the time, focus
on activities that reflect your "life list".

Over time, your list will evolve as your priorities change,
but if you have the right items on your list, and the
wording is "perfect", reminding yourself of your true
priorities and your true passions each and every morning
will make a huge difference. Try it!

6. Resources You Can Use:

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The Power of Clarity
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I've read, listened to, and learned from Brian Tracy for
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*** FREE STUFF ***

Every year I publish an article on year-end tax planning.
The dollars you earn between now and December 31st are
taxed at your highest marginal rate, so plan wisely. You
can save money and start 2003 with new tools and know that
you used the tax laws to your advantage. It's at:

Personal Eco-Systems(tm)
By Dr Philip E. Humbert

How you design your environment makes a huge difference to
your productivity. Successful people surround themselves
with appropriate tools, motivational posters, great music,
and efficient offices. Here's my free ebook on creating
an "eco-system" that supports you every day, all the way to
your goals.  Visit:

7. Humor:    Amazing Factoids

Sherry Ramsey sent me this list and as long-time readers
know, I love totally useless stuff like this! Did you know that:

More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or
received a telephone call.

The sentence "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog"
uses every letter of the alphabet.

The "sixth sick sheik's sixth sheep's sick" is said to be
the toughest tongue twister in the English language...try it!

No word in the English language rhymes with month.

Shakespeare invented the words 'assassination' and 'bump'.

"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left
hand, "lollipop" with your right.

The name of all the continents end with the same letter
that they start with.

The words 'racecar' and 'kayak' are the same whether they
are read left to right or right to left.

TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the
letters from only one row of the keyboard.

There are two words in the English language that have all
five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."

There is a word in the English language with only one
vowel, which occurs five times: "indivisibility."

The only 15-letter word that can be spelled without
repeating a letter is "uncopyrightable".

A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.


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

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

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