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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, January 26, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Do Less, Live More!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Why Are You Doing This? 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  A Little Pilot Humor

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Commit to investing time and money and energy in the things
that mean the MOST to you. Re-commit to planning your
life, to living your values, and to making the most of your
talents and the opportunities to live well, rather than to
being merely busy. Do less, live more!

2. Welcome Notes

Super-Bowl Sunday! I'm not a big football fan, but even I
get caught up in this event every year. Friends throw
parties (I'm told more avocado's are made into dip on this
day than any other time of the year!) and it's a great
American ritual. I hope your team wins! For myself, I
guarantee a "win" by not caring too much about the game
as long as there is plenty of good food!

Secondly, I want to invite you to my Road to Riches class
in February. With holiday bills coming due and your New
Year's Resolutions wearing off, this is the PERFECT time to
focus on your finances! Making money, investing wisely and
achieving financial independence are not difficult! The key
is skill, commitment and knowledge. Take Action! Join us!  Click here!

Finally, it is my GREAT pleasure to announce my annual
retreat (I prefer to call it an "advance") to Green Lake,
Wisconsin. Long-time subscribers know this is an annual
event, and many of you look forward to it every year. You
are invited to join me May 8-10th, to focus on designing
the life you truly want! We're calling it "Creating a
World-Class Life: The Art of Living Well".

The Conference Center is a special place (over 1100 acres,
two golf courses, and plenty of peace and quiet), and this
year I've invited three colleagues to make this the BEST,
most power-packed Conference ever!

You've heard that, "Most people spend more time planning a
party (Super Bowl parties, maybe?) than they do planning
their lives", and that leads to frustration, confusion, and
too often, disappointment. Don't do that to yourself!

Take time to pamper yourself, and to design the life and
the lifestyle you truly want. Create plans and systems and
environments that support you, so you truly live, and love,
a "World Class Life!" All the info is at:

3:  Do Less, Live More!

One of my favorite stories is that when Henry Thoreau told
his friend, Ralph Waldo Emerson, that the key to living
well was to "simplify, simplify, simplify", Emerson
supposedly replied that, "one simplify might have sufficed."
I love the reminder that in many situations, less is more.

The mantra of our age seems to be, "better, faster, cheaper
and more, more, more!", and the problem is that it's not
always helpful.

This week I told Mary that while the past few weeks have
been unusually busy, and very productive, I'm not having as
much fun as I would like. We are making more, but enjoying
it less, and that's not a good thing!

As we talked it through, it was clear that two different
processes were involved and we had to sort them out.

The first was being clear about our values.

We both love doing stuff, learning things, building things,
starting things. We love things that challenge us or
promise to enrich our lives, so we are suckers for every
great new idea that comes along - and there are lots of
great ideas!

But our values are not around glamour or excitement or
even, primarily around money or success. Our values tend
to be more about relationships, quality time, travel and
education, peace of mind and personal integrity, and the
problem is that our culture rarely encourages or talks
about those things.

The media tends to applaud public displays of wealth or
power or popularity, and our culture celebrates things that
result in "progress" or tangible profit. And those are
good things! Don't get me wrong - I love both progress
and making a profit!

But, as Emerson observed, "sometimes money costs too much."
We noticed that in our rush to jump on several recent
opportunities, we were getting caught up in what Michael
Angier calls "the thick of thin things" and it wasn't
working for us. A return to personal values is called for.

Secondly, we had failed to plan, and as the saying goes,
"those who fail to plan, are planning to fail."

In our case, the failures were not obvious. In terms of
profits, we are doing very well, and that is exciting!
It's wonderful to see things come together and to receive
the applause of friends and business associates. It's fun,
it's good - and it's seductive.

We were off balance and off track. We were canceling
private time and postponing important priorities. We were
missing the joy of time together and the daily activities
we value. We had failed to plan, and so the distractions
of life were running away with our schedules, and again,
that is not a recipe for success!

So, we've cut back on activities and are talking about our
values every day. We talk about what we love, what we
cherish, what we stand for. It's not that we had forgotten
these things, but we have realized (again) that it is our
personal responsibility to align ourselves with our values,
and to do it on purpose, every day.

And, we have re-committed to investing time and money and
energy in the things that mean the MOST to us. We have re-
committed to planning our lives, to living from values, and
to making the most of our talents, our relationships, and the
opportunities to live well, rather than to being merely busy.

     Please join us for a two-day Conference on designing,
     creating and living a "World Class Life" in Wisconsin
     on May 8-10th. It's going to be fantastic! And, the
     first ten people to register come for half-price, get
     a special "early adopters" private breakfast, and golf
     at one of the world's premier links-style courses!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Just as it is essential to know the difference between
working hard and working smart, so we must understand the
difference between creating something big, and creating
something meaningful."
                               -- Philip E. Humbert, PhD.

"Every man dies. Not every man truly lives."
                               -- Braveheart

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds
from the achievement of one's values."
                               -- Ayn Rand

"Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly."
                               -- Lauren Bacall

5. Strictly Business:  Why Are You Doing This?

Every successful business leader has a clear answer to this
vital question: Why are you building this company? Who
does it serve and what's your greater purpose? Answering
these questions costs you very little, and it can pay huge

For some entrepreneurs, the primary purpose is simply to
create a business that can be sold. They have a talent for
seeing a need and designing systems to meet the need while
making a profit, and they love starting new businesses.
Once the company is established, they often sell it and may
repeat the process again and again through the years.

Most business owners, however, have some other purpose in
mind, and it is often deeply personal. Some want to build
a company they can pass on to their children. Others want
to see how large and profitable they can make it, and they
dream of a vast enterprise with thousands of employees.
Still others, want a business that expresses their values
or contributes to society in some way.

In coaching hundreds of entrepreneurs, I am struck that it
does not seem to matter what the reason actually is. What
matters is the ability to keep it in sight at all times.
Knowing your personal vision, your purpose or mission, the
"reason why we do this", is absolutely critical.

The solution is simple: Keep your eyes on the prize! Step
back, gain perspective, renew your commitment. Remember
WHY you are doing this! If you are clear enough about the
"why", you'll figure out the "how".

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

Your World-Class Life!

With Dr Philip E. Humbert
May 8-10 in Wisconsin

Is your life working the way you planned? Have you
achieved your goals and now ask, "Is that all there is?"
Are your biggest dreams and most exciting ambitions still
sitting on the shelf, waiting for "someday"? Are you stuck
or frustrated, or letting time and chance and other people
make decisions about your life, and your future? This
Conference is for you!  Click for more info

I invite you to join me for three days in May, where the
focus will be on helping you design, create and live the
life you truly want! Top achievers are not different or
born under a lucky star. They simply KNOW what they want,
create SYSTEMS to achieve it, and then follow a road-map to

This is for YOU! It is a Conference entirely focused on
helping you design your ideal life, and then create systems
and plans and skills to make it happen. Living well is an
art, but there is also a science to it. There are skills
and habits that highly successful people use, and you can
learn them! We can show you! And, the first TEN people
pay only half-price, you'll get a special "early adopters"
power breakfast and I'll even buy you a round of golf!
Don't miss this!

The Road to Riches!
by Philip E. Humbert, PhD

Accumulating wealth, investing wisely and retiring rich are
not "hard"! Knowing you could (and should) be doing better
than you are financially, that's "hard"! We live in the
richest time in history, and you have a responsibility
to manage your money well, for your own and your children's
future. One of every 15 Americans is now a millionaire,
and the secrets for accumulating wealth are NOT hard!
They just aren't taught in school and you won't learn them
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Their simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened
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7. Humor:    A Little Pilot Humor

Joshua Turner has been sending me lots of great stuff, and
these had me laughing so hard I just had to use them. Enjoy!

Who says pilots and controllers have no sense of humor?
Here are two actual exchanges between airline pilots and
control tower:

During taxi, the crew of a US Air flight to Ft. Lauderdale
made a wrong turn and came nose to nose with a United 727.
An irate Controller radioed the US Air crew screaming, "US
Air, where are you going? I told you to turn right on
Charlie taxi way; you turned right on Delta. Stop right
there. I know it's difficult to tell the difference
between C's and D's but get it right!"

Continuing her lashing to the embarrassed crew, the
Controller shouted, "You've screwed everything up; it'll
take forever to sort this out. Stay right there and don't
move until I tell you to. You can expect new taxi
instructions in about a half hour and I want you to go
exactly where I tell you, when I tell you, and how I tell
you. You got that, USAir?" The humbled crew responded:
"Yes, Ma'am."

Naturally, the ground control frequency went terribly
silent and tension in every cockpit was running high until
an unknown male pilot broke the silence and asked, "Wasn't
I married to you once?"

------------- And one more:

Tower: "Eastern 702, cleared for takeoff, contact
Departure on 124.7."

Eastern 702: "Tower, Eastern 702 switching to Departure.
By the way, as we lifted off, we saw some kind of dead
animal on the far end of the runway."

Tower: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff, contact
Departure on 124.7; did you copy the report from Eastern?"

Continental 635: "Continental 635, cleared for takeoff
roger; and yes, we copied Eastern and we've already
notified our caterers."


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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