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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, August 3, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Thick of Thin Things
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Think Your Way To The Top!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Will Rogers on Growing Older

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Resolve this week to maximize the QUALITY of your life,
rather than the quantity of items on your to-do list!
Resolve to savor every conversation, and to eliminate at
least one unnecessary pressure. Say "no" to a few
requests; politely decline a couple of invitations. Smell
the roses, notice the sunrise, feel the grass under your
feet. Slow down! Slow down enough to enrich the quality
of your life.

2. Welcome Notes

This has been the hottest week of the summer and we've set
or tied several all-time records this week, so while I love
summer and have been celebrating working on the deck, today
it's far too hot and I'm writing this in our (mercifully)
air conditioned living room. Summer is still a good thing! <g>
I'm just hiding out, waiting for the evening to cool down a bit.
I hope wherever you are, life is as rich, wonderful, and peaceful.

I always make a couple of recommendations in the "Resource"
section below, but this week I have an IMPORTANT
announcement that can't wait:

Brian Tracy is doing one of his incredibly valuable
teleseminars THIS THURSDAY, August 7th, and YOU need to
attend! I know, that's awfully blunt, but Brian has been
one of my heroes and mentors for over 20 years and I am a
tremendous fan of the extraordinary value he puts into
everything he does.

This Thursday, Aug 7th, he's doing a seminar titled,
"TurboStrategy: How to Outthink, Outsell, Outmanage and
Outstrategize Your Competition in Turbulent Times" and I
absolutely plan to be there! Get 90 minutes of Brian's wit
and wisdom, and keen business insight. AND, you'll get over
$150 of bonuses (most of which I've seen and they are
excellent!), in addition to the chance to hear Brian live!
It's at:

I know this is very "high pressure" for my usual style, but
I am passionate about helping TIPS readers achieve their
goals and if you are in business or work for a growing
business, you really do need to consider this. I hope
you'll sign up at:

Also, don't forget our new website, Tools for the!
It's full of resources and tools for your success, from
books and audio programs, to ebooks and coaching tips.
It's all at:

3:  The Thick of Thin Things

During the summer, Mary and I like to spend the long summer
evenings, sipping iced tea, watching the sunset and talking
on our deck. Usually, it's quiet but the other evening we
heard the racket of neighbors urgently getting ready to go
on vacation. In their hurry to "get away and relax", Dad
was angry, the kids were yelling, and Mom was trying to get
everyone ready to leave. It didn't sound very relaxing to me!

It reminded me of how crazy our lives often are.

We all know the story of the man or woman who works long
hours, 7 days a week to provide for their family or save
for retirement, only to die far too young, with no chance
to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

In the Bible there's a similar story. Luke records that
Jesus went to visit two sisters, Mary and Martha. Upon his
arrival, Mary chose to listen and take in the wisdom of
Jesus' words, while Martha bustled about the house, fixing
a dinner to honor their special guest. Eventually, Martha
got frustrated and asked for Mary's help, but it seems
Jesus was more interested in the conversation and
fellowship than in the fancy meal and all the trimmings.

How often have we done the same thing? I remember many
visits with friends and loved ones where we got so caught
up in the fancy barbeque or trip to the beach (or whatever)
that we never had a chance to sit and talk.

I've been reading Roy Jenkins' biography of Winston
Churchill this summer and what hits me again and again is
the time Churchill spent talking with people! Without
television and other distractions, they had time for food,
for walks, for painting and long talks. Churchill was a
man of strong opinions and not everyone appreciated his
point of view, but oh! the conversations they must have had!

We will never return to the slow pace of a hundred years
ago, but we do not need to spend our lives rushing about
like chickens!

Far too often, we get caught up in the "have-to's" of life,
and most of those "musts" are, in reality, extremely small,
meaningless things. We "have to" see a ball game or run an
errand. We rush to meetings or worry about cramming one
more day into our vacation schedule. There are so many
phone calls, so many emails, so many things we "have to do"
that we forget to live our own lives.

My friend, Michael Angier, referred to this as the "thick
of thin things" and I love that phrase! Life is to be
lived, not rushed through! Life is to be savored, enjoyed,
experienced and remembered, but too many of us see only the
blur of life passing us by. Remember the old movie, "If
It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium"? What an awful way to
see Europe! Let's not live our lives that way!

Resolve this week to maximize the QUALITY of your life,
rather than the quantity of items on your to-do list!
Resolve to SAVOR every conversation, and to eliminate at
least one unnecessary pressure. Say "no" to a few
requests; politely decline a couple of invitations. Smell
the roses, notice the sunrise, feel the grass under your
feet. Take a sandwich for lunch and eat in the park, maybe
sharing a few crumbs with the pigeons or the ducks. For a
couple of dollars, rent a movie, buy a bottle of wine and
spend a quiet evening with someone you care about.

Slow down! Slow down enough to enrich the quality of your
life. Take time to breath, to laugh, and to listen. Take
time to call someone you care about. Do something truly
radical - actually take pen and paper and send someone an
old-fashioned letter! (Wow! There's a wild idea!)

Give yourself the gift of living the life your truly want
instead of the lifestyle of the "madding crowd" around us.
You are wiser than that! Listen to your heart, plan your
days, match the rhythm of your schedule to the desires of
your soul. You'll discover you are richer than you knew!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Better than a thousand useless words is one single word
that gives peace."
                                      -- The Buddha

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that
your strength lies."
                                      -- Mother Teresa

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
                                      -- Anne Frank

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
                                      -- Carl Sandburg

5. Strictly Business:  Think Your Way to The Top!

The longer I work with highly successful business leaders,
the more I see the distinction between those who understand
the REAL source of wealth, and those who think merely in
terms of sales and profits.

Recently, a television news show did a story about a
software company in South Carolina where the owner
understands that "my most important assets walk out the
door every night (they go home), and my most important job
is to be sure they all walk back in tomorrow morning."
I love that!

He understood that while plants and equipment and brand
recognition and marketing ALL play a critical role, in the
end it's our people and how well they THINK that determines
our long-term success. High achievers invest in themselves,
their training, and in taking time to think clearly.

Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, talked
about the need for leaders to "out-think" the competition.
Bill Gates takes time away to think, renew and reflect
every quarter. So should you! You cannot lead if you do
not maintain a clearer vision and a stronger sense of
direction than your employees AND your competition! If you
are lost in the swamp of daily crises, you will see neither
the golden opportunities nor the fatal threats to your

You MUST "out-think", out-strategize and out-maneuver both
your competition, and the thinking of the past. As we
emerge from this economic slow-down, the next boom will NOT
be led by the companies or the methods of the past.

Invest in your education, but just importantly, create
opportunities to USE what you know in fresh and creative
ways. Expand the boundaries and stretch the possibilities!
Here are two immediate opportunities:

1. Attend Michael Angier's "World Class Business Seminar"
in September. I've attended his last two conferences in
Palm Springs and in Hilton Head, and they are spectacular!
I have a conflict or would attend a third time, because
they are THAT valuable! I have personally witnessed
businesses "explode" in the weeks after these conferences!
(And, who wouldn't jump at the chance to visit Vermont in
September!?) The future of your business could depend on
it. Check it out at:

2. At the very least! Sign up for Brian Tracy's
teleseminar this Thursday!
You can get the BEST
information, motivation and training from one of America's
truly GREAT business thinkers and you can participate on
the phone, from your own office. This is an incredibly
valuable opportunity and I highly recommend it!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!


High achievers constantly add to their "toolbox" of
information, skills and knowledge, and I've created this
site as a "one-stop-shop" where you can find the best
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personally used every resource listed, and you can trust
them to work, and to fulfill their promises. To lose
weight, stop smoking, or to expand your business and
dominate your market, it all begins with what you know and
how well you THINK. These tools can help!
Give yourself the BEST!  Click Here!

    #2:  Attention Authors and Soon-to-be-Authors!
My friend and colleague, Randy Gilbert's first book was an BEST SELLER! Then, he coached my friend,
Kristie T., so that HER book became a BEST SELLER! Taking
your book from the dusty back-shelves to the top of the
list obviously makes you money and opens doors, but more
importantly, it gets YOUR book in the hands of people who
need it. It builds your reputation and creates far more
opportunities to speak, write, and create. Whether you
have a book and want more sales, or are just outlining a
future book, EVERY author needs this information! Randy
teaches you the secrets that will take YOUR book to the top
of the lists! If you have a book, you need this. If you
are about to start writing, I recommend it even more
strongly - you need these tools to be sure that, when your
book is completed, thousands of people will buy it! If you
(or a loved one) has a book - or dreams of becoming an
author - you should definitely have this vital tool!
Be a Best-Selling Author!  Click Here!

   #3: World Class Business Conference in Vermont This Sept!

I am a huge fan of Michael Angier and the work he does with
entrepreneurs and managers to help them make their
companies more profitable and truly "world-class"! I've
attended the last two of these Conferences and came away
thrilled. My clients have attended and their businesses
have grown. Sales are up, profits are dramatically UP, and
hassles, confusion and stress are way, way down! Michael's
Conferences are not cheap, but they are a bargain if you
are ready and willing to grow you business so that the top-
line AND the bottom-line improve, while your personal
satisfaction, quality of life and enthusiasm sky-rocket.
This is good stuff! Check it out, and register today. This
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7. Humor:   Will Rogers on Growing Older 

My friend and colleague, Mershon Bell, published these
quips from Will Rogers in her newsletter this week, and I
thought they were excellent. Mershon was a speaker at my
World-Class Life Conference last spring and I encourage you
to visit her website (and sign up for her newsletter) at:  Enjoy!


First, Eventually you will reach a point when you stop
lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second, The older we get, the fewer things seem worth
waiting in line for.

Third, Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not
me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've
traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth, When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back
to youth, think of Algebra.

Fifth, You know you are getting old when everything either
dries up or leaks.

Sixth, I don't know how I got over the hill without getting
to the top.

Seventh, One of the many things no one tells you about
aging is that it is such a nice change from being young.

Eighth, One must wait until evening to see how splendid the
day has been.

Ninth, Being young is beautiful, but being old is

Tenth, Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground with
sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

And finally, If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you
won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.


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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