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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Friday, July 4th, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:
1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Celebrate Your Freedom - Use It!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Are We Half-Way
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: A Story for Our Time
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1. The One-Minute TIP
My challenge to you this week is to USE your freedoms. I
challenge you to make a list, set a schedule, and express
yourself! Do something different. Read something unusual,
state a minority opinion. This week, USE your freedoms!
2. Welcome Notes
NOTE: This issue of TIPS is going out two days early in
honor of our American 4th of July, so there will be no
regular issue on Sunday. We'll resume our usual schedule
Even going out early, I know that thousands of subscribers
will never see this issue because they are at the beach, or
at a family reunion, or otherwise celebrating our American
Independence Day, and that is wonderful. Freedom is a
remarkable thing, and it is important to note that too many
people on this small planet do not enjoy the political,
religious and economic freedoms we take for granted. Freedom
comes at a price, and it is appropriate that we celebrate it
whole-heartedly, with gusto and joy!
May your weekend be safe, exciting, relaxing and delightful!
And do note that political freedom is merely the foundation
that allows us to create and live the lives we truly want.
For tools to help you transform your life and achieve your
goals, please see the Resources section,
3: Celebrate Your Freedom - Use It!
For Americans, this is our Independence Day weekend, when
we remember our nation's birth and celebrate our freedoms.
That is a wonderful thing. It is appropriate that we take
time off, visit parks and beaches, have family reunions,
and then after sunset, delight in the beauty of fireworks.
These are GOOD things!
Too often we forget just how basic and profound these
freedoms are. Today, as you read this, billions of people
around the world must censor what they say, and what they
think. In some places, opinions can get you killed, or cost
you your job. In some places, only certain religious
traditions are permitted, and in some places, books and
ideas and movies and fashions are monitored and controlled.
For most of us, such things are totally foreign, in every
sense of that word. We can barely imagine not being able to
vote for whoever we wish, and the thought of not being able
to watch late-night comedians lampoon our political and
religious leaders strikes us as bizarre. It's part of our
culture. These freedoms are "just they way it is." Aren't
Unfortunately, the answer is NO! Those freedoms are not
"just the way it is." They come from a particular
philosophy, a way of looking at the world, a way of seeing
ourselves and the people around us. These freedoms come
from a particular belief that "all . are created equal and
endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights."
These freedoms come from a belief, and they come at a cost.
Throughout history, societies have always had to choose
between the chaos of freedom, and the false security of
Adolf Hitler's reign of terror largely rose out of the
desire for order. He stabilized the economy, simplified
life and as the saying went, he made the trains run on
time. There is ever and always a desire for order.
At the same time, there is the desire to be free. There is
the desire to voice our opinions, to disagree with our
leaders, to question authority, and to fulfill our
My challenge to you this week, is to USE your freedoms. I
challenge you to make a list, set a schedule, and USE your
freedoms. I challenge you to do some or all of the
1. Write a letter to an elected official and state your
opinion on a topic you care about. Support or oppose a bill
or a position. In writing this essay, my integrity required
that I take my own advice, so I wrote to my representatives
in the Oregon Legislature to oppose certain new taxes. USE
2. Write a letter to your local newspaper. State your
opinion. Let others disagree, but let your voice be heard.
USE your freedom!
3. Express your religious beliefs in whatever way, in
whatever place, suits you. The right to believe, or not
believe, is a marvelous thing. USE your freedom!
4. Start a business, or support someone who is. Our
freedoms include economic opportunity. Don't squander it.
Encourage enterprise, creativity, and business. Take a
risk. As Mary Kay Ash observed, "Nothing happens until
someone sells something." USE your freedom!
5. Visit and support your public library. You can read any
book ever written. You have access to the world's best (and
craziest) ideas. You have access to the sublime, the
ridiculous, the practical and the inspiring. USE your
6. Write a letter of thanks to someone who is devoting
their life to defending our freedoms. Support a soldier
whose life may be at risk. USE your freedom!
4. Quotes of the Week
"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is
about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can
-- Harriet Rubin
What is at the summit of courage, I think is freedom. The
freedom that comes with the knowledge that no earthly thing
can break you."
-- Paula Giddings
"You don't get to choose how you're going to die, or when.
You can only decide how you're going to live. Now."
-- Joan Baez
"The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have
something to live for."
5. Strictly Business: Are We Half-Way There Yet?
When we were growing up, whenever the family was on a long
drive, my siblings and I delighted in pestering our folks
with the question, "Are we there yet?" I think kids the
world over have discovered the power of that question.
It also has a business application. Last Monday was June
30th, and that is the half-way point in 2003. I know, it's
hard to believe. Summer is here and we want to slow down,
take time to relax and enjoy the wonders of vacation. And,
I DO hope each and every one of us get plenty of time to
But the fact remains, you have certain goals for the year.
You have sales targets - don't you? You have revenue
projections and some personal growth objectives - don't
you? You may have some fitness goals or objectives for
family time or personal finances. You probably wrote down a
variety of goals for the year.
Now, in the midst of summer, is the time to spend a quiet
hour reviewing your progress, assessing your efforts and
(if appropriate) revising your estimates. If you are doing
well, pat yourself on the back and re-commit to continuing
the program that is working well.
And, if you are not satisfied with your progress and the
results you are getting, then resolve NOW to do something
Take time this summer, during the long, lazy days when you
can relax and get time to think and plan and imagine, and
SET YOUR TARGETS for the rest of the year. The year is half
over. Are you half-way? If not, do something about it!
If having a coach assist and support you seems like a good
idea, give me a call or drop me an email. I have openings
for two new clients in July, and while coaching can be
difficult, challenging, and expensive, it can also be
supremely rewarding! Think of it this way: what is the
price of NOT having a coach?
If this is the time, contact me at:
I look forward to hearing from you!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
#1 The One Minute Millionaire
An 'Almost FREE!' book, CD & Teleclass
There is NO freedom more fundamental than the freedom to
invest, start a business, take risks and achieve Financial
Independence, and I know of absolutely NO book or course or
resource, any where, that is more powerful, practical and
motivating that this one. This is one of the most
impressive books and concepts I've ever seen. The more I
see the impact it's had on my clients, the more enthused I
become! Please, do yourself a favor and buy the CD (for
$11.95) and get the book and the classes free! They don't
even charge for shipping! This truly is a magnificent deal
and the two-books-in-one concept is sheer genius. Do
yourself a favor and buy TWO, one for yourself and one for
a friend. Every teenager should be REQUIRED to read it in
high school - It's that good! Just do it! You'll be glad you
#2 "Think Right Now"
Technology to Reach Your Goals & Change Your Life
In the past, dozens of systems have promised to make goal-
setting effortless, and most don't work. In the end,
changing your life requires that you.make changes! (Like,
duh!) Fortunately, psychology's understanding of how change
can be positive and powerful (some changes are FUN!) has
improved dramatically, and "Think Right Now" has taken
advantage of these insights.
I have been using TRN tapes with clients, and their quit-
smoking, healthy diet, sales, and goal-setting tapes have
worked WONDERS! (I have no personal knowledge of their
other tapes, but assume they are just as effective.) If you
are serious about quitting smoking, eating healthier, or
increasing your sales results, I urge you to give these a
try! They really work!
Quit Smoking Now!
Eat Healthier - Be Healthier!
If you want to dramatically increase your SALES RESULTS, I
strongly urge you to buy, listen and USE this information:
Set and Achieve Your Goals!
Life is a goal-focused activity. Let the TRN system help
you achieve more!
#3 Transform Your Life!
The Sedona Method
People ask me how to '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!
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!
7. Humor: A Story for Our Time
My friend, Caroline, sends me stories and humor from time
to time, and somehow this old joke struck my funny-bone
this week. I hope it makes you chuckle, and thanks,
An unemployed man goes to apply for a job with Microsoft as
a janitor. The manager arranges for him to take an aptitude
test. After the test, the manager says, "You will be
employed at minimum wage, $5.15 an hour. Let me have your e-
mail address, so that I can send you a form to complete and
tell you where to report for work on your first day."
Taken aback, the man protests that he has neither a
computer nor an e-mail address. To this the MS manager
replies, "Well, then, that means that you virtually don't
exist and can therefore hardly expect to be employed."
Stunned, the man leaves. Not knowing where to turn and
having only $10 in his wallet, he decides to buy a 25-pound
flat of tomatoes at the supermarket. In less than two
hours, he sells all the tomatoes individually at 100
percent profit. Repeating the process several times more
that day, he ends up with almost $100 before going to
sleep that night.
And thus it dawns on him that he could quite easily make a
living selling tomatoes. Getting up early every day and
going to bed late, he multiplies his profits quickly. After
a short time he acquires a cart to transport several dozen
boxes of tomatoes, only to have to trade it in again so
that he can buy a pickup truck to support his expanding
business. By the end of the second year, he is the owner of
a fleet of pickup trucks and manages a staff of 100
formerly unemployed people, all selling tomatoes.
Planning for the future of his wife and children, he
decides to buy some life insurance. Consulting with an
insurance adviser, he picks an insurance plan to fit his
new circumstances. At the end of the telephone
conversation, the adviser asks him for his e-mail address
in order to send the final documents electronically. When
the man replies that he has no e-mail, the adviser is
stunned, "What, you don't have e-mail? How on earth have
you managed to amass such wealth without the Internet, e-
mail, and e-commerce? Just imagine where you would be now,
if you had been connected to the Internet from the very
After a moment of thought, the tomato millionaire replied,
"Why, of course! I would be a floor cleaner at Microsoft!"
Moral of this story:
1. The Internet, e-mail, and e-commerce do not need to
rule your life.
2. If you don't have e-mail, but work hard, you can still
become a millionaire.
3. Seeing that you got this story via e-mail, you're
probably closer to becoming a janitor than you are to
becoming a millionaire.
4. If you do have a computer and e-mail, you have already
been taken to the cleaners by Microsoft.
Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
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