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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, April 6, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Over-coming Life's Difficult Challenges
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Four Over-Looked Essentials  
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Very Punny! 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

You deserve success! You were not created to beat your head
against a wall or to struggle up a mountain without meaning
or clarity. Life DOES have pain and can be horribly unfair,
but that is NOT the total human experience! Mother Teresa
said that "God will not give me any challenge I cannot
bear", and we need to remember that. The adversity you
experience is, in some way, the raw material for something
greater. Find it.

2. Welcome Notes

What a week! While the war is not over, it was wonderful to
celebrate the rescue of Private Jessica Lynch and to see
our soldiers sharing food and smiles with the Iraqi people.
Let's hope this madness ends quickly so the soldiers can
come home and we can get on with the business of rebuilding
a country that has suffered so much.

On a lighter note, I have two GREAT reminders for you.

The April "Ask the Expert(tm)" call is with Raleigh
Pinskey, an incredible expert in getting publicity and free
advertising! I met her in Chicago, and she is an amazing
person you MUST meet! She's worked with an incredible
roster of clients, from Paul McCartney and Sting to a
snake! (Yes, a reptile in the Bronx Zoo!) If you need media
coverage and want to draw more people to your business,
don't miss this!

And finally, we have ONLY 6 SPOTS LEFT for the World Class
Life Conference in May! This has truly come at the right
moment. With the anxiety in the world, and the economy
struggling, people are focused on their quality of life,
living according to their values, and creating the life
they truly love. These last few spots will go quickly -
this is going to over 30,000 people! If it's time for you
to step back, review your priorities and develop better
strategies, I hope you'll join us. But act quickly!

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3:  Over-coming Life's Difficult Challenges

TIPS subscribers are incredibly resilient and ambitious,
people who are used to setting and achieving goals in life.
And yet, from time to time, we all face challenges that
seem insurmountable, a problem we can't crack.

Sometimes it's a personal goal that eludes us. Sometimes we
are knocked down by one of life's tragedies. Sometimes we
face resistance or opposition to a goal that means the
world to us. Whatever the cause, from time to time, we all
face over-whelming adversity and we need a strategy for
dealing with it.

Unfortunately, two of the most common "strategies" are to
give up, or to keep doing the same thing over and over,
hoping for a different result. I think we can do better
than that!

Here are my suggestions for a better strategy:

1. Acceptance
Reality never lies, and the first step in over-coming
adversity is to recognize it. Sometimes, bad things happen.
Sometimes our good intentions, our best efforts and our
brilliant ideas just don't work. Sometimes, life is hard
and we don't like it, and the first step forward is to
admit "this isn't working".

Acceptance does not mean quitting and it does not mean
failure. It means recognizing what IS, getting curious
about why our plans aren't working, and wondering what is
going on. Always face the truth! Sometimes we meet
adversity and we should recognize and accept it when it

2. Creativity
Adversity is nature's way of suggesting you try something
else. It doesn't mean changing your goals or giving up, but
it does mean stepping back, asking for advice, talking with
a coach, brainstorming and considering a new approach.

I love the story of Thomas Edison trying many thousands of
ways to invent the light bulb! He never "failed"; he
discovered thousands of solutions that didn't work! If your
goal is worth achieving, and what you're doing isn't
working, step back, think of 10 or 20 or 100 alternatives
and make a fresh start.

3. Patience and Persistence
There's an old saying that "God's delays are not God's
denials", and it's good to remember that many problems take
time. Some require years to solve; a few will not be
mastered in a single lifetime.

While it's true that "nothing can resist the human will",
it is also true that brute force rarely builds anything
beautiful. I have a friend who spent 12 years building a
magnificent china cabinet. How many "over-night sensations"
labored for 20 years before success "suddenly" found them?
The Grand Canyon is the result of nothing but running
water, time and persistence.

4. Give it up
Some readers will be surprised by this, but sometimes we
cling to dreams that will never happen for us, and in our
stubbornness, we deny ourselves a world of success in other
areas. We invest too much in chasing dreams that are not
ours! Go where it's easy. Do what works and makes sense and
opens doors for you.

You deserve success! You were not created to beat your head
against a wall or to struggle up a mountain without meaning
or clarity. Life DOES have pain and can be horribly unfair,
but that is NOT the total human experience! Mother Teresa
said that "God will not give me any challenge I cannot
bear", and we need to remember that. The adversity you
experience is, in some way, the raw material for something
greater. Find it.

   If you would like time and space and support to find a "new
   solution" to create the life you truly want, join us for
   the World Class Life Conference. But register TODAY - there
   are only 6 spots left, and they will go quickly.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Vision isn't enough unless combined with venture. It's not
enough to stare up the steps unless we also step up the stairs."
                                        -- Vance Havner

"It is never too late to be what we might have been."
                                        -- George Eliot

"Two little words that can make the difference: START NOW."
                                         -- Mary C. Crowley

"No mistake or failure is as bad as to stop and not try again."
                                         -- John Wanamaker

5. Strictly Business:  Four Over-Looked Essentials

Virtually every business has integrated some level of
computerization and modern communication, but I continue to
be amazed at the number of professionals who don't use
these four basics:

1. A Shredder. These are widely available and essential!
Not only do professionals routinely handle confidential
paperwork that should NEVER be thrown in the trash, but
identity theft is increasingly common. If you only use it
to shred your credit card statements, it is a great
investment and good insurance. Buy one for the office, and
one for your home.

2. A Telephone Headset. They save "cricks" in the neck,
improve sound quality, and leave your hands free. But, get
a GOOD one! Nothing is more frustrating (and
unprofessional) than a headset that garbles your voice.
Probably the biggest source is, although
I've purchased several sets from Midwest Teletron at (800)
827-9715 and been extremely pleased.

3. Pocket Tape Recorder. I got frustrated losing great
ideas because I didn't write them down. Now, I carry a
miniature recorder and use it to record quick reminders.
One warning: do NOT use it for "dictation" - you'll never
listen to those long, elegant notes. A short phrase or a
sentence is more than enough to remind you at the end of
the day. Wonderful tool!

4. Old-fashioned Typewriter. I bought one for less than
$100 and use it to type quick notes here in the office,
address envelopes, write checks, and take phone messages.
Even bad typing is faster and more legible than my
handwriting. A good typewriter can dramatically improve
your daily productivity.

Invest in great tools. Your productivity, and ultimately
your success, depend on it. Give yourself a chance to do
your best work!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

  #1 Ask the Expert(tm) with Raleigh Pinskey!
       Thursday, April 17th

EVERY business MUST use the media to market your services.
Whether it's a new product, better service, or lower
prices, you MUST get the word out! While you can buy
advertising, it's terribly expensive, and while word of
mouth is free, it's too slow! The key is to partner WITH
the media. Did you know that almost every news story is
"planted" - it starts with a press release, a phone call or
an email that gets someone's attention, starts a chain
reaction, and ends with a live radio interview or a feature
article. Best of all, if you know how, it's FREE! Raleigh
not only knows how to do it, she can teach you!  Sign up now!

I am particularly proud to have her as our Expert this
month because this is a skill that every professional and
business owner NEEDS, and almost none of us understand.
Raleigh is one of the best and her client list proves it! I
hope you'll join us!  Click Here!

    #2 The World Class Life Conference
         May 8-10th

I've heard many stories of conferences not filling up, even
being canceled, so I was stunned this week when I was told
we have ONLY 6 SPOTS left! Clearly, there is phenomenal
interest in creating a life that reflects our values, a
life of balance, meaning, purpose, love and creativity. Our
only goal for this Conference is to help you design and
create the life you truly want. I hope you'll join us!
Register here!

Our mission at Resources for Success!(tm) is to help people
have "lives of peace, passion, power, purpose and
extraordinary prosperity", and isn't that what you truly
want? We only get one chance to live a great life, and it
takes skill. It takes thought, and it takes time away from
the "madding crowds" to create a life that is about more
than work and money and consumerism. I hope you'll join us
in the Wisconsin countryside, beside Green Lake, for two-
and-a-half days that could change everything! You are invited!
Join us!

    #3 Transform Your Life!
        The Sedona Method

People ask me how they can 'really explode my success and
change my life', and after telling them there is no magic
bullet, I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series
of tapes and workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST
successful, thorough and powerful program for taking charge
of your life that I have ever seen. I wish I had written
it! You can get a FREE tape to sample the program, and for
goodness sake, sign up for their free newsletter! Their
simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened my eyes
and was the beginning of a remarkable journey. Very
powerful stuff!

The program is not simple or cheap - you expected a quick
pill? It is comprehensive, orderly, and effective. Both
Mary and I have used it, and it works! Highly recommended!
The Sedona Method Works!

    #4 Make Money From Your Current Website!
        (It's getting MUCH easier!)

I'm a "raving fan" of this system that makes it EASY to
sell my tapes, register people for my classes, and create
my affiliate program, and I want to give you a free tour -
and you can use the system FREE for 30 days! The owner is
Don Schnure, and he has an amazing "system" for helping me
make money with my website and newsletter, without having
to be a techno-wizard. I use the shopping cart, the
affiliate program (took less than an hour to set up!), and
the broadcast modules. It's so cool! Click here for the tour.

7. Humor:   Very Punny! 

This week provided a wealth of wonderful humor and I want
to thank everyone for sending me so many chuckles. John
Donovan sent me this list of truly awful puns and I had
to share them with you. I hope you enjoy this weirdness
as much as I do! Here we go:

1. A backward poet writes inverse.
2. A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
3. A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.
4. A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
5. Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
6. Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
7. Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
8. When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.
9. What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead giveaway.)
10. In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes.
11. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
12. Show me a piano falling down a mine shaft, and...
I'll show you A-flat minor.
13. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
14. A Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.
15. Every calendar's days are numbered.
16. A lot of money is tainted -- it taint yours and it taint mine.
17. A plateau is a high form of flattery.
18. Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
19. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.
20. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
21. Acupuncture is a jab well done.


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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