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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, August 17, 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 Joy of Winning
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Summer Dreams 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: A Letter to My Dogs 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Throw your heart and all that you have into your endeavors.
If you lose, it will hurt and be upsetting, but if you win,
there is a joy and satisfaction beyond compare. Human
beings were not made to sit still. We must explore, we
must adventure and try. In your own world, in whatever way
is calling to you, GO FOR IT!

2. Welcome Notes

    SPECIAL NOTE: First things first - to all our friends
    in the East, Northeast and Canada who lost power this
    week, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Today (Saturday), it looks like power is coming back
    quickly, but it was frightening, and at the least,
    inconvenient and disruptive. We wish you well!

Mary is on her annual visit for her mother's birthday,
so the dog, the cat and I are "roughing it", although I
think we're doing pretty well. The laundry is done, the
house is clean (well, fairly clean) and so far we haven't
missed a meal or made any big mistakes. Life is good,
although it will be far better and more joyful when Mary
returns next week.

In the meantime, I have a huge suggestion for you: Go see
the movie, "Seabiscuit"! A year ago I recommend Laura
Hillenbrand's book, and I promise you, the movie is
magnificent. I hear it is getting Oscar buzz for Best Picture
and for several of the actors. It's a great story well told,
so take the family, buy some popcorn, and enjoy!

And just for fun: I recently recommended the M&M candy
site ( and several people sent suggestions for
other cute sites. When you're feeling blue, take a look at,
"How to Truly Be Happy in This Crazy Old World!" It's great!

Finally, the response to the offer of a free copy of my
ebook, "Goal-Setting 101(tm)" was fantastic, with almost
500 people grabbing it in the first couple of days. To
get your copy, just send an email to:

3:  The Joy of Winning

Are you ready for a bit of bragging? Last Sunday, my
partner Gary Horkey and I won a golf tournament called "The
Invitational." It's the biggest tournament of the year in
our neck of the woods, and after three days of competition
we emerged victorious over 122 other teams. It was a "big
deal" and felt great! (Applause graciously acknowledged -
thank you very much!)

What I noticed is that the joy of winning is based upon,
but is enormously DIS-proportional to the effort required
to achieve it. Let me explain.

I have a sense that as a culture, we are taking fewer and
fewer risks in the mistaken notion that, on average, this
will bring more more happiness for more people. Unfortunately,
it doesn't work that way. The pride and personal satisfaction
of great achievement only comes from taking risks and working
hard in the pursuit of your dreams.

Here's an extreme example: Would you choose the triumphs
and tragedies of a thrilling life, or the mediocrity of a
life that was "average" in all respects? I think the answer
is obvious! Human beings NEED challenge and we hate
being "average".

No one consciously chooses a life of boring mediocrity, and
yet we are drifting in exactly that direction.

Where once America was a nation that advised, "Go west
young man" and told both women and men to strike out, seek
their fortune, take risks and find adventure, today we are
determined to contain, if not eliminate, virtually all risk.

As a frequent traveler, one of my "pet peeves" is the focus
on airline safety. Obviously, no one wants a repeat of
9/11; it was a monstrous act of war. Of course we must
take steps to protect ourselves, but we have become a
nation obsessed with avoiding risk, and we are sacrificing
the rewards that come only from taking reasonable risks to
reach our goals.

What does this have to do with achievement and living the
good life? It has to do with our willingness to invest
ourselves and take risks to fulfill our potential.

Gary and I worked very hard to win that tournament. True,
we benefited from some lucky bounces, but we also played
well, stayed calm and patient and focused, and worked very,
very hard until in the end, we had the lowest score.

The feeling of triumph was magnificent! Yes, the hours of
practice were hard, and golf is an expensive, time-
consuming hobby (ask Mary about being a "golf widow"),
but in the end the joy of finally winning is FAR, FAR
greater than the minor inconveniences of preparing to win.

As a nation, and as individuals, we must take risks and
invest ourselves in order to triumph.

There was risk in President Kennedy's commitment to landing
men on the moon. Amelia Earhart accepted the risks of
flying around the world. The crew of every space shuttle
accepts the risks of spaceflight, and not all return

There is risk in pursuing your dreams. There is work and
effort and investment, and you might lose, but that is the
price of triumph. There are no great victories purchased
at the "bargain counter" of life.

Invest yourself. Throw your heart and all that you have
into your endeavors. If you lose, it will hurt and be
upsetting, but if you win, there is a joy and satisfaction
beyond compare. Human beings were not made to sit still.
We must explore, we must adventure and try. In your own
world, in whatever way is calling to you, GO FOR IT!

4. Quotes of the Week

"If you don't quit, and don't cheat, and don't run home
when trouble arrives, you can only win."
                                                -- Shelley Long

"Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life."
                                                -- Sophia Loren"

"If only we'd stop trying to be happy, we could have a
pretty good time."
                                                -- Edith Wharton

"Our greatest fear is not that we are powerless. Our
greatest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure."
                                                -- Marianne Williamson

5. Strictly Business:  Summer Dreams

Summer is the time to dream and plan and set goals for your
future. Traditionally, most people think of New Year's as
the time to set next year's goals and define next year's
budget, but I disagree.

Sure, both personally and for my business, we do an
elaborate review of the year and plan for the year ahead
during November and December, but it's a lousy time for it.
Here in the Northern Hemisphere, New Year's comes in the
middle of winter, in the cold and dark and rain. Who is at
their best or most optimistic under those conditions?!

Summer is the time to dream big dreams! In the bright
sunshine and long, lazy days of summer, THIS is the time to
review your progress, assess your strengths, document your
dreams and plan your future. On long, gentle summer
evenings you can REALLY dream, you can almost touch the
stars and stretch your hand to further realms.

To some of you hardened business leaders and managers,
that may sound like so much romantic mush, but the truth is
that NOW is the time to prepare for the future you truly

Now, while your people are on vacation and sales are down
and it's too hot - this may not seem like the best time to
plan for 2004, but trust me. In a couple of weeks, your team
will be back from vacation and business will be picking up.
The Government is doing everything it can to stimulate the
economy before next year's elections, and you want to be READY!

Take time to review your numbers for the first half. This
week, take time to set measurable targets for the remainder
of the year. Take time to imagine what's possible in 2004.

Now is the time! It's not intuitive and most of your
competitors aren't doing it. You should take advantage of

    If you would like help with business planning and
    strategy development, contact me. Maybe it's time for a
    training conference or some individual coaching. You
    can reach me at:

    And, don't forget my free ebook, Goal-Setting 101(tm).
    It's primarily aimed at individuals, but the process
    works for businesses, too! Get it by sending an email

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

    #1: Tools for the Mind  

I am so proud of this little "catalog" we created 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 find:

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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. This series of tapes and
workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST powerful and effective
program I have ever seen for taking charge of your life. I
wish I had written it! You can even 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'
was the beginning of a remarkable journey. Very powerful!

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

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

I know of NO business or financial 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 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 - It's that good!
By Michael Angier

Michael Angier was one of the first (in 1995) to create an
online community of people supporting each other for
business and personal success, and his collection of
resources is astounding! Over 87% of visitors to his site
become a free member! (This is real value!) Recently,
Michael put together a collection of bonuses worth over
$125 for everyone who becomes a Gold Member this month.
I have tremendous respect for Michael, and I've been a
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7. Humor:   A Letter to My Dogs 

My friend and fellow dog-lover, Dolly, sent this to me. A
couple items are a bit gross, but as dog-lovers everywhere
will recognize, that does not mean they are not true!
Thanks, Dolly!

Dear Dogs:

When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch
positions with each other so there are still two dogs in my way.

The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your
food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please
note, placing a paw print in the middle of my plate does
not stake a claim for it becoming your food dish, nor do I
find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.

The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a
racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object.
Tripping me doesn't help, because I fall faster than you can run.

I cannot buy anything bigger than a king size bed. I am
very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to
sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort. It is not
necessary for you to sleep stretched out to the fullest
extent possible. I also know that sticking your tail
straight out to maximize the space consumed is nothing
but doggy sarcasm.

My compact discs are not miniature Frisbees.

For the last time, there is no secret exit from the
bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to
get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, or
try to get your paw under the edge to pull the door open. I
must exit through the same door I entered. In addition, I
have been using bathrooms for many years and canine
attendance is not mandatory.

Your Owner


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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