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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, July 27, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Focus On The Fundamentals
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Networking for Fun and Profit
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  The 2002 Stella Awards 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The fundamentals have not changed, and there are no "new"
fundamentals! Creating a great life does not take
extraordinary luck, unusual talent or skill. Building a
great life does, however, require that we follow the
"rules" that make life work out well. The fundamentals are
not sexy or exciting or sophisticated, but they are tried
and true. Use them to create the life you truly want.

2. Welcome Notes

Wireless networks are amazing! We had one installed to
connect the computers in our offices, and I added a card to
my laptop that lets me work anywhere in the building or out
here on the deck, and it is fantastic! The cost was less
than a thousand dollars, and the results have increased our
productivity and definitely enhanced our fun!

I'm sipping iced tea, listening to the wind in the trees
and being scolded by a crow high up in one of our fir trees
- and they call this "work"! Life is good!

Two follow-up notes:

*** We continue to get tons of email from folks who find
the new website helpful and I am delighted! It is growing
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*** Lots of folks are up-grading their websites, starting
newsletters, or adding shopping carts this summer and we've
gotten many emails asking for advice about doing business
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3:  Focus On The Fundamentals

In life, and in business, there are a few basic "laws" or
fundamentals that make life work out well, and they have
never changed. Too often we pretend that technology and
education have created "new rules" or that modern systems
permit us to cut corners and find short-cuts that didn't
exist in the past. While there may be examples where that
is true, in general, I don't believe it.

The fundamentals of living well, achieving our dreams and
creating wealth have not changed. The path to success
today is remarkably similar to the path walked by
generations past.

What are the basics? You might have your own list, but I
would suggest at least the following:

1. Personal Integrity

Socrates recommended, "Know thyself" and Shakespeare added,
"and to thine own self be true." Knowing who we are, what
we value and making sure that our words and actions match
is fundamental. Doing unfulfilling work or living in an
environment that doesn't suit us will surely undermine our
long-term success. Too many of us live "lives of quiet
desperation" and that is NOT a foundation on which to build a life!

2. Clear Thinking

Many of us grew up in the "feel good" generation and we are
confused about the role of thought (education, planning, skills
and tools) verses emotion. We let our hopes, wishes, fears, or
our "hang-ups" run our lives. High achievers have always
taken time to think clearly, seek expert advice, plan wisely,
and learn from the mistakes of others. The Old Testament says
that "wisdom comes from a multitude of advisors". Some
strategies work; others don't. Buildings are always designed
and "blueprinted" in advance. Our lives and our businesses
should be thought out just as carefully.

3. Unfailing Optimism

This is not shallow "positive thinking", but a clear-headed,
conscious faith in the future and in your own potential. "Where
there is a will, there is a way", or as Hannibal said over
2000 years ago, "We will find a way, or make one." High
achievers BELIEVE in their skills, in their plans, and in their
futures. They forge ahead with confidence built on integrity
and carefully planning.

4. Hard Work

Benjamin Franklin observed, "Early to bed, early to rise
makes a man (or woman) healthy, wealthy and wise." I've
heard people say achievement should be "effortless" and I
agree that sometimes enormous amounts of work can flow
easily and quickly, but I also know that creating a great
life usually requires dedication, personal discipline,
attention to detail, and effort.

5. Patience and Persistence

A great life is rarely built in a day. It takes time
develop a life of one's own. There will be mistakes and
wrong turns along the way, and highly successful people are
neither surprised nor disheartened by this. They simply
get a good night's sleep and start again in the morning.
They learn from their mistakes, correct them, and move on
with better skills and more effective strategies.

There are more fundamentals than we have room for here, but
the fundamentals have not changed, and there are no "new"
fundamentals! Creating a great life does not take
extraordinary luck, unusual talent or skill. Building a
great life does, however, require that we follow the
"rules" that make life work out well. The fundamentals are
not sexy or exciting or sophisticated, but they are tried
and true. Use them to create the life you truly want.

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4. Quotes of the Week

"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

"Man is so made that when anything fires his soul,
impossibilities vanish."
                                         -- Jean De La Fontaine

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been
declared impossible before they were attempted."
                                         -- Earl Nightingale

5. Strictly Business:  Networking for Fun and Profit

There's an old saying that "it's who you know that counts",
and for better or worse, it's often true.

Yes, there is a cynical aspect to the phrase, referring to
favoritism that is unfortunate. More often, however,
people get the referral or the promotion precisely because
(in a positive sense) of "who they know". Knowing and
liking someone does make a difference.

When it comes to networking, however, I've noticed two
unfortunate patterns that are generally NOT helpful:

First is the person (to be honest, it's usually a male) who
views networking as some strange contest to see who can
trade the most business cards in the shortest period of
time. There's a manic, phony energy that is a huge turn-
off. Their quick handshake, exaggerated smile and exchange
of business cards is usually a waste of time.

The second is the person who attends networking functions
but fails to connect in a meaningful way. Often they spend
the entire time chatting with a friend, and leave without
meeting anyone new, or making any lasting impressions.

Effective networking means connecting with a few people in
an honest, sincere way that suggests you would like to help
them if you can, and would appreciate the other person's
support in exchange.

Get to know people. Call them up, go to lunch, and if
appropriate, certainly exchange business cards! But what
you're looking for is a relationship. Get to know a few
people well, rather than collecting dozens of cards from
strangers. Follow-up with a phone call to touch base. And
for goodness sake, if you can, be sure to send some
business to the other person. Nothing will grow your own
referral business like the gratitude of other people who
have benefited from your genuine support.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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7. Humor:    The 2002 Stella Awards

These outrageous (and possibly true!) examples of our
legal system run amok were sent to me by my friend and long-
time subscriber, Bob Armstrong. I hope you enjoy them - and
can chuckle at them rather than letting your blood pressure
explode! <g>

It's once again time to review the winners of the annual
Stella awards.

The Stella's are named after 81 year old Stella Liebeck who
spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's.
That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous
successful lawsuits in the United States.

5th place.
Terrence Dickson of Bristol Pennsylvania was leaving a
house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He
was not able to get the garage door to go up since the
automatic door opener was malfunctioning.

He could not re-enter the house because the door connecting
the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The
family was on vacation and Mr. Dickson found himself locked
in the garage for 8 days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi
he found and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued, claiming
the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The Jury
agreed to the tune of $500,000

4th place.
Jerry Williams of Little Rock Arkansas was awarded $14,500
and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by
his neighbor's Beagle dog. The Beagle was on a chain in its
owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because
the jury felt the dog might have been provoked at the time
as Mr. Williams, who had climbed over the fence into the
yard, was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

3rd place.
A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson
of Lancaster Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a
soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage
was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her
boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

2nd place.
Kara Walton of Claymont Delaware sued the owner of a Night
Club when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor
and knocked out two of her front teeth.

This occurred while MS. Walton was trying to sneak out of
the window in the Ladies Room to avoid paying the $3.50
cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

1st Place.
This year's runaway winner was Mr. Merv Grazinski of
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand
new Winnebago Motor Home. On a trip home from an OU
football game, while driving on the Freeway, he set the
cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat
to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee.

Not surprisingly the RV left the Freeway, crashed and
overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising
him that in the owner's manual that he could not actually
do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new
Winnebago Motor Home.

The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of
this suit just in case there was any other complete morons
buying their recreation vehicles

Have a fantastic day...


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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