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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Actions Speak Louder Than Words
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Path to Corporate Nirvana 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  A Bit of Perspective for Adults

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1. The One-Minute TIP

ACTION always speaks louder than words or plans or goals
because only ACTION gets things done. Take small steps,
but take them today. Call someone. Read something.
Open a savings account. Invest a dollar, take a walk,
talk with your kids. Whatever it is, just do it! Before
you go to bed this evening, take some real, measurable,
positive step (no matter how small) in the direction you
want to go. Then tomorrow, do it again.

2. Welcome Notes

The first thing is to THANK all of you who recommend TIPS
to your friends and colleagues! Last week we added over
800 new subscribers, by far a one-week record! I don't
advertise TIPS or buy subscribers, so we only grow when YOU
forward copies to friends and encourage them to visit my
website or subscribe, and I am incredibly grateful. Anyone
can subscribe (and receive 5 BONUS reports) by sending an
email to:

On a more traditional note, do you realize it's August 10th
already!? It's time for a reality check - are those of you
in the Northern Hemisphere having the summer you imagined?
(For our subscribers "down south", spring is on the way!)
I'm playing in a golf tournament this weekend, and we've
had some trips to the beach, but it's only a few weeks
until the weather will cool and fall will be in the air.
If there are things you (and the family) planned for this
summer, it's time to be about your business!

Oh, and just for fun: invite the kids, turn up the sound
on your computer and spend a few minutes exploring the M&M
candy website at:  

Finally, my new "catalog" of books, audio programs and
resources for your success,, has been
getting LOTS of visitors, and people are finding the
resources extremely helpful. If you are not living your
dreams, perhaps some new tools could help! Check it out!

3:  Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Too often we talk about what we are going to do even while
we actually do very little to make our dreams come true.
We talk and dream and set goals and plan. We budget and
visualize. We do everything, in fact, except take action.

We all know that only ACTION changes things. One of my
favorite slogans is that "Nothing changes until something
changes." I love the reminder that even a small step in
the right direction can have HUGE implications! And, I
love the reminder that only action will make our dreams
come true.

We are blessed to live in a time when we can have or do
just about anything we can imagine. You can go to law
school or medical school - yes! - You really could! You
can make a fortune, start a school, travel the world, raise
happy children, run for office, publish a book, start a
business or become a hermit and live in the woods. If you
can imagine it, you can DO it!

The only catch is that you have to actually make it happen.

I see at least three popular tools for avoiding the
necessity for action. They are good tools when used
properly, but we mis-use them to stay in our comfort zones,
change nothing, and wonder why our dreams never come true.

First - We set too many goals. Now, I'm a huge fan of goal-
setting and I even wrote an ebook about the process. I use
goals in my business and personal life, and I encourage my
clients to set goals, so don't mis-understand me here.

The problem is that we set goals instead of taking action.
We plan and talk and set dead-lines, when what we should do
is get to work and "go for it". Losing weight isn't a
goal! Losing weight isn't a long-term project, it's about
walking around the block, skipping desert or whatever is
right in your particular case. Never set goals when it's
simpler and more appropriate to take direct action!

Second - We wait for the right time. Again, "there is a
season for everything under heaven" and timing can make a
huge difference. But we mis-use that truth when we refuse
to take reasonable action because we are waiting for a
"better time", or for the moon and stars and our checkbook
to be in alignment. It's an excuse, folks! There will
never be a magical "right time" to start a business or
start a family or start a savings plan.

The time is NOW! Take action, do what you can, move in the
direction you want to go. Stop procrastinating and move it!

Third - We look for "leverage" so we can make big, dramatic
progress. Now, of course big steps forward are wonderful!
They are fun and exciting and leverage can make everything
easier. No one doubts that! But that is no reason to
avoid doing what you can, where you can, right now.

In fact, too often the "big steps" are scary and then we
find even more reasons to avoid them.

In most things, I'm a huge fan of "baby steps" and have
written about taking the smallest, safest, LEAST dramatic
step you possibly can, so long as you take it TODAY. Take
small steps, just take them!

Find and use a goal-setting routine. Goals are vital to
your long-term success! Just don't get so lost in the
process that you forget to look up, get up, and get into
action! The same is true of timing and taking huge, bold
steps when you can.

ACTION always speaks louder than words or plans or goals
because only ACTION gets things done. Take small steps,
but take them today. Call someone. Read something.
Open a savings account. Invest a dollar, take a walk,
talk with your kids. Whatever it is, just do it! Before
you go to bed this evening, take some real, measurable,
positive step (no matter how small) in the direction you
want to go. Then tomorrow, do it again.

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4. Quotes of the Week

"Begin somewhere; you cannot build a reputation on what you
intend to do."
                                               -- Liz Smith

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved."
                                               -- Jeremy Kitson

"It only takes one person to change your life - you."
                                               -- Ruth Casey

"You've got to get up every morning with a smile on your
face, and show the world all the love in your heart. Then
people gonna treat you better; You're gonna find, yes, you
will, that you're beautiful as you feel."
                                               -- Carole King

5. Strictly Business:  The Path to Corporate Nirvana

This week, the kind people at Silver Falls Press sent me a
review copy of a wonderful new book, "The Path to Corporate
Nirvana" by Judith Anderson. It's easy reading, and

Anderson makes the astonishing (and obvious) connection
that in business and in life, our success is measured
primarily by our courage, our skill, our openness and our
ability to recognize and speak the truth. In the end, how
well we get along with others, and how well we know and
trust ourselves will largely determine our level of

The primary responsibility of any business leader, whether
the owner or CEO, manager or sales professional, is to know
and communicate the truth in every situation. As we
accurately understand what is REAL and what NEEDS TO BE
DONE, we achieve more. When we live in a "let's pretend"
world of the way things have always been done, or the way
things "should be," we set ourselves up for frustration,
disappointment and failure.

To be a more effective leader in a more effective
organization, read this book! Our world moves too quickly
to run our businesses with memos and last year's
procedures. Those who are the most awake, the most alert,
the most responsive and the most accurate in their
perceptions, will always win! This book can help, and it
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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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about to start writing, I recommend it even more strongly -
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    #2: Tools for the Mind

I am so proud of this little "catalog" we've put together
to connect you with the BEST resources on the web for
personal and business development! The number of visitors
has been FAR beyond my dreams, and folks seem to find it
helpful. Here are just a couple of the resources you'll

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Eat Healthy - BE Healthy!
"Think Right Now" Has the Answer

How to Build Your Own Successful Business
By Brian Tracy
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and these CD's are perfect!

    #3: The One Minute Millionaire
    by Mark Victor Hansen & Robert Allen

I know of 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 concepts I've ever seen.
The more I see the impact it has on my clients, the more
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7. Humor:  A Bit of Perspective for Adults  

Several people have sent me several versions of these
statements over the years, so I know they've been floating
around for a while, but I still think they provide a useful
reminder. Somehow, we all survived childhood and it seems
appropriate to be grateful. Enjoy!

According to today's regulators and bureaucrats, those of
us who were kids in the 30's, 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's or
even the early 80's, probably shouldn't have survived

Our baby cribs were covered with brightly colored lead-
based paint.

We had no childproof lids or locks on medicine bottles,
doors, or cabinets, and when we rode our bikes, we had no

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one
bottle, and no one actually died from this.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
and then rode down the hill, only to find out we forgot the
brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we
learned to solve the problem.

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as
long as we were back when the street lights came on. No one
was able to reach us all day. No cell phones. Unthinkable!

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo 64, X-Boxes, no
video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, video tape
movies, surround sound, personal cell phones, personal
computers, or Internet chat rooms. We had friends! We went
outside and found them.

We played dodge ball, and sometimes, the ball would really
hurt. We fell out of trees, got cut and broke bones and
teeth, and there were no lawsuits from these things. They
were accidents. No one was to blame but us. Remember accidents?

We had fights and got black and blue and learned to get over it.

We made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although
we were told it would happen, we did not put out any eyes.

We rode bikes to a friend's home and knocked on the door,
or rang the bell or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team.
Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Some students weren't as smart as others, so they failed a
grade and were held back to repeat the same grade. Horrors!

Tests were not adjusted for any reason.

Our actions were our own. Consequences were expected.

The idea of parents bailing us out if we got in trouble in
school or broke a law was unheard of. They actually sided
with the school or the law. Imagine that!

This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers,
problem solvers, and inventors, ever.

We had freedom, failure, success, and responsibility ---
and we learned how to deal with it. And you're one of them!



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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