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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 24, 2002
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Why Not Expect The BEST!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  To Get Rich, Serve Your Customers
6. Resources You Can Use -- Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Amazing Childhood Survival Stories

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Your life is at least as important as a holiday party, so
put time and effort into designing the life you really
want. Your life is work of art, it's the thing you get to
develop with all your heart and soul and talent and skill,
so do it right. Put some thought into it. Develop a
written plan, then work your plan. Make 2003 your best
year ever!

2. Welcome Notes

This week marks five years of writing and publishing TIP's
without missing a single week, and I suspect that
represents a major milestone in internet publishing. For
five solid years, 260 straight weeks, it's been my honor
and pleasure to share ideas, tips, tools, motivation and
joy with an ever-growing audience, and I couldn't be more

If anyone knows of a similar newsletter with a longer
record of continuous publishing, let me know, because
otherwise I'm going to claim the "World Record" for the
longest run. I know we already have the world record for
the BEST subscribers! <g>

We've grown from 23 friends and family, to almost 30,000
subscribers and I am incredibly grateful to every one of
you who has shared TIP's with your friends, encouraged
colleagues to subscribe, and stayed with me over the years.
Thank you!

As always, I've included some great articles, quotes, humor
and FREE STUFF so please check it out. I love writing
TIP's and I hope it serves you, supports you, inspires,
motivates and entertains you each week. Enjoy!

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3:  Why Not Expect The BEST!

We have all heard that "we become what we think about
most", and that in the long run, we usually do get what we
expect in life.

We know that these familiar sayings are true and that they
make a powerful difference in achieving our goals. We know
that when a child focuses on a new toy, talks about it all
the time, shows their parents pictures of it, points it out
at the store and writes a letter to Santa Claus about it,
the chances that they will eventually get the toy expand
dramatically. Every kid knows this.

So why don't adults follow the same principles?

Consider that this week, TIP's subscribers will spend hours
planning and organizing their Thanksgiving holiday. We
will be on the phone with relatives. We'll debate the menu
and decide who brings the deserts and who will slice the
turkey. We'll shop and clean house, we'll make travel
arrangements and coordinate schedules so dinner won't
interrupt a critical football game. Thanksgiving is
important, and we plan accordingly.

Then, right after Thanksgiving, we'll do it all over again
for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and New Year's. We'll
debate whether to fly or drive to the Grandparents, we'll
budget for gifts and plan parties. In a few short weeks,
30,000 TIP's subscribers will invest close to a million
hours planning holidays that arrive every year, on schedule
and without surprise.

In comparison, how many hours do you spend designing the
life you really want?

We all know that successful people set goals, develop
plans, then follow their plans to success. We know this.

No one thinks Olympic athletes win medals by accident. No
one believes politicians get nominated and elected by
coincidence, and no one believes Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey
or Steven Spielberg got where they are by "luck". We know
better than that!

This week, take time to consider where you're going in
life. Over the holidays, take some time off, find a
library, beach, coffee shop or kitchen table and do the
hard work of deciding what you really want next year.

Here are some specifics:

1. Get a year at a large 2003 calendar. Make sure it's
big enough to write on. You'll need it to set priorities
and make realistic plans.

2. Get a notebook. Any schoolbook will do, but use paper
and pen, jot notes and think on paper.

3. List at least 100 things you want to do, see, have,
achieve or become in the new year. List it ALL - from
saving money to losing weight to starting a business and
planning your vacations. Write it all down.

4. Ask the important people in your life to review the
list and help you sort it out.

5. Pick your top 10 priorities and create a written plan
to achieve them. Schedule dates and budget time and money.
Put them on the calendar and make them happen.

Your life is at least as important as a holiday party, so
put time and effort into designing the life you really
want. Your life is work of art, it's the thing you get to
develop with all your heart and soul and talent and skill,
so do it right. Put some thought into it. Develop a
written plan, then work your plan. Make 2003 your best
year ever!

4. Quotes of the Week

"The difference between a successful person and others is
not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather
in a lack of will."
                                          -- Vincent Lombardi

"The starting point of all achievement is desire. Keep this
constantly in mind. Weak desire brings weak results, just
as a small amount of fire makes a small amount of heat."
                                          -- Napoleon Hill

"My success just evolved from working hard at the business
at hand each day."
                                          -- Johnny Carson

"It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the
limits to our abilities do not exist."
                                          -- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

5. Strictly Business:  To Get Rich, Serve Your Customers

This week I heard a cute story about a golf instructor who
asked a student what the basic, fundamental purpose of the
game was. The student replied, "To enjoy a great sport?"
No. "To enjoy the company of friends and play well?" No,
no, no!

The instructor replied, "The point is to get the little
white ball in the hole as efficiently as possible!"

Sometimes in business we forget the most basic
fundamentals. I've heard business people argue about the
basic purpose of being in business. Some say it's to make
a profit, because unless there is a profit, the business
will eventually cease to function. Others say the point is
to provide a valuable service or a great product.

In my opinion there is only ONE reason for any business to
exist, and that is to serve the needs of it's customers.
Of course, as a practical matter, you must make a profit,
you must operate legally and ethically, and provide value.
But in the end, the only real measure of a business is
whether or not it serves it's customers well.

If you serve the needs and desires of your customers, they
will do business with you, and that will allow all those
other things, like profits, to happen. If you fail to
serve your customers well, in the long run nothing else

In the end, the customer IS always right. The customer is
the boss. The customer is the final inspector, the final
supervisor, the absolute "owner" and manager of the
business and their opinions come first. Successful
businesses from Walmart to Home Depot to IBM, to your local
hair dresser all understand this.

Know your customer. Understand their needs, their desires,
even their preferences, and serve your customer. It's the
key to success.

6. Resources You Can Use -- Tools for YOUR Success!

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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:

Goal-Setting 101(tm)
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To make 2003 your best year ever, download and use this
simple tool to help you design the future you want, set
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7. Humor:   Amazing Childhood Survival Stories 

Paul Vogt sent me this collection and I thought Thanksgiving is
a great time to ponder these things. If you were a child in the 60's
or the 70's, (or in the 40's and 50's) looking back, it's hard to
believe that we survived as long as we have!

- As children, we rode in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

- Riding in the back of a pickup truck on a warm day was
always a special treat.

- Our baby cribs were covered with bright colored lead-
based paint.

- We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors, or
cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets.

- We drank water from the garden hose and not from a
bottle. (Horrors!)

- We spent hours building go-carts out of scraps and then
rode down the hill, only to find we forgot the brakes.
After running into the bushes a few times we learned to
solve the problem.

- We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as
long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

- No one was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable.

- We played dodgeball and sometimes the ball would really hurt.

- We got cut and hurt and even broke teeth and there were
no lawsuits from these accidents. They were accidents. No
one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

- We had fights and punched each other and got black and
blue and learned to get over it.

- We ate cupcakes, bread and butter, and drank sugar soda but
we were never overweight because we were always outside playing.

- We shared grape soda with four friends, from one bottle
and no one died from this?

- Instead of "play dates", we had friends. We went outside
and found them. We rode bikes or walked to a kid's home
and knocked on the door, or rang the bell or just walked in
and talked to them.

- Imagine such a thing. Without asking a parent! By

- Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't learned to deal with disappointment.

- When students failed a grade they were held back to
repeat it! Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

- Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected. No
one to hide behind.

- This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers
and problem solvers and inventors, ever. The past 50 years
has been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had
freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we
learned how to accept, cope with, ignore and/or handle the

And you're one of them.



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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