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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, March 30, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Creating a Value-Based Life
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Best Tools for The Job 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Life's BEST Lessons 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

It takes time to sort out our core values. It often takes a
life-time to find our calling. How many painters, musicians,
entrepreneurs, writers and teachers didn't begin until after
they retired from their "first" life? One of my heroes is Frank
Lloyd Wright, and while he became an architect as a young
man, it wasn't until his 70's and 80's and 90's that he made his
greatest contributions. It is never too late to have a GREAT life!

2. Welcome Notes

This has been a week of extremes here in Oregon. The crocus
and daffodils are gorgeous, I mowed the lawn for the first
time, the trees are in blossom and spring is busting out all
over. At the same time, the news is dominated by war and
destruction and conflict. The contrast couldn't be more stark.

TIPS is about achievement and human potential, and that
won't change. At the same time, no one can watch the news
and not be saddened. To the Iraqi people, and to our American,
British, Australian and other forces, I send prayers for
peace and safety. May this end quickly. May you be home soon.

In contrast to the horrors of war, it's been gratifying to
receive emails about our World Class Life Conference, many
pointing out that war and violence are the opposites of a
life lived "on purpose", based on core values. Several
people have said the timing of the Conference is "perfect",
and they want to attend as a statement of their commitment
to creating a life "of peace, passion, power and purpose."
Another couple signed up just now, as I was typing this!
You are invited to join us to create your "ideal life". For
details and to register,  Click here.

Finally, three clients completed our work this month and I
have openings for two or three new individual or business
coaching clients. Coaching is challenging and expensive,
but so is failing to perform at your best. Top performers
have always known the value of coaching, and made the
commitment. If you are in control of your life, are ready
for change, and can invest in yourself and your future,
please contact me.

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3:  Creating a Value-Based Life

Most of us set goals in the worst possible way.
Periodically, we are given an exercise or worksheet, so we
get our calendar and we start listing wishes. We set a goal
to lose weight, to increase our income, or to spend quality
time with loved ones. We write things down because they
sound good and because part of us really DOES want them.

But, the things we write down are the very things we have
been choosing NOT to do for months, sometimes for years.
How silly is that?

The Great American Resolution to lose weight is a good
example. For a healthy person, losing a few pounds is
simple: consumer fewer calories than you burn. Eat less,
exercise more. Anyone can do it any time they choose.

But we don't lose weight. Of course, we wish to. Yes, we
talk about it. We think about it. We beat ourselves up for
not doing it, and experience shame for our failure, but the
fact is that we choose to carry those extra pounds and lose
weight "tomorrow". For today, we would rather have dessert.

One of the keys to achieving any goal is to be CERTAIN the
goal accurately reflects your core values.

We all know stories of people who have turned their lives
around and changed everything when new values or new
realities transformed their priorities.

I have a client who has lost over 150 pounds in 17 months
since his heart attack. I know a single mom who started a
home-based business, purchased rental real estate and paid
off every dime of a $200,000 debt her husband left when he
ran off after the birth of their daughter. We all know
ordinary people who have done extraordinary things when
they "had" to.

Unfortunately, we also know too many stories of failure. We
know stories of people with great incomes who are drowning
in debt, or people with every advantage and terrible
relationships. We know too many people who barely keep it
together, who hate their jobs, who drink too much, or who
have simply given in to pessimism. How sad! What a waste!

The keys to a GREAT life are to know what you love and what
you STAND for, and then build a life around those core

I imagine that's the only way it has ever been done.

George Washington Carver KNEW it was possible to transform
the poverty of a nation by finding uses for the peanut. His
work changed everything for thousands of people. Nelson
Mandela believed in his vision, and eventually triumphed.
Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Helen Keller, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Oprah Winfrey, Sally
Ride and a host of others are heroes and models of success.

Not because they began with unusual advantages or great
genius, but because they knew what they stood for and where
they were going in life. They stood up. They stood FOR
their vision, and "the rest is history."

It takes time to sort out our core values. It often takes a
life-time to find our calling. How many painters,
musicians, entrepreneurs, writers and teachers didn't begin
until after they retired from their "first" life? One of my
heroes is Frank Lloyd Wright, and while he became an
architect as a young man, it wasn't until his 70's and 80's
and 90's that he made his greatest contributions. It is
never too late to have a GREAT life!

   Would you like help finding your vision, sorting your
   priorities and building a life around your core values?
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4. Quotes of the Week

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
                                   -- Walt Disney

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is
the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
                                   -- Theodore Roosevelt

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by
pressing the limits do you ever find them."
                                   -- Dr. Joyce Brothers

"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams."
                                   -- Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Strictly Business:  The Best Tools for The Job

A critical distinction that determines the future of almost
any business is your willingness to invest in equipment and

I cringe when I hear a professional talk about the "cost"
of new equipment, hiring or training better staff, or
attending a conference, seminar or training. These things
almost NEVER "cost", they pay!

We live in a world of immediate cost and quality
comparisons. Trust me, whether you own a restaurant, run a
law office, or manufacture widgets, your customers talk to
each other! There are no secrets and the truth about your
quality, your level of innovation, your performance and
experience is known to every one of your customers, and
more importantly, to virtually every potential customer.

Whether you invest in new software, new furniture, or in
new training, if it makes even a slight difference in your
performance, it can make a HUGE difference in your bottom
line. It's called leverage!

Attending a training or Conference to meet the best people
in your profession or learn a few new things, or to review
the best of the "old tricks", can be worth a fortune.
Customers want experts. They want it done right the first
time, and they will pay a premium for the confidence that
you know what you're doing.

Even buying a new laptop "just because I like it" can pay
for itself almost instantly if it makes you slightly
faster, slightly more creative or more productive. You only
need a slight edge to multiply your results enormously.

Invest in training. Invest in the right tools for the job.
Invest in your future.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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We are constantly being pushed or pulled to live according
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some want us to be good employees, others encourage us to
become entrepreneurs. In all the "shoulds", where do you
find your OWN way? One of the challenges for every adult is
to create "a life of one's own"! That is our only objective
for this two-and-a-half day retreat (I prefer to call it an
"advance"). We will focus on living well, on designing and
building the life your TRULY want, your personal "World
Class Life(tm)", and isn't that what you really want? As
of today, this Conference is 86% sold out! Space is going
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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
on TV or from your neighbors. This class can help. Over
200 people have taken the class, and the results are amazing!
Your investment is only $79, and the benefits could be
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   #3 To YOUR Success!
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Highly effective people understand the POWER of turning
their cars into "universities on wheels". They listen to
audio programs while they commute, while they exercise,
while they work in the garden. We created this 2-cassette
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7. Humor:    Life's BEST Lessons

There have been many versions of these over the years, and
some emails have credited Andy Rooney as the original
author. This version was sent by Paul Vogt and once again,
they made me chuckle. Hopefully you'll can appreciate the
wisdom of these earlier rather than later in life!

1. If you had to identify, in one word, the reason why the
human race has not achieved its full potential, that word
would be "meetings."

2. There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

3. People who want to share their religious views with you
almost never want you to share yours with them.

4. And when God, who created the entire universe with all
of its glories, decides to deliver a message to humanity,
He WILL NOT use as His messenger, a person on cable TV with
a bad haircut.

5. You should not confuse your career with your life.

6. No matter what happens, somebody will find a way to take
it too seriously.

7. When trouble arises and things look bad, there is always
one individual who perceives a solution and is willing to
take command. Very often, that individual is crazy.

8. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and
dance. If anybody cares how you dance, feel sorry for them.
They need to get a life and learn how to have fun.

9. The most powerful force in the universe is gossip.

10. You will never find anybody who can give you a clear
and compelling reason why we observe daylight savings time.

11. There comes a time when you should stop expecting other
people to make a big deal about your birthday. That time is
age eleven.

12. The one thing that unites all human beings, regardless
of age, gender, religion, economic status or ethnic
background is that, deep down inside, we ALL believe that
we are above-average drivers.

13. The main accomplishment of almost all organized
protests is to annoy people who are not in them.

14. A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is
not a nice person. (This is very important. Pay attention.
It never fails.)

15. Don't think that because a person is having fun they
are drinking to excess. Some people have fun naturally
given the moment, and you need to find out how they do it.

16. Never FRY anything naked.

17. Your friends will love you anyway.


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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