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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, September 7, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. It's a Wonderful Life!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Invest in Better Tools 
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Diary Excerpts from Cats and Dogs

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Every day, live well. I am convinced that we postpone joy
far too long. We work too hard. We take life too
seriously and we live in environments that don't serve us
well. Live within your means. Take time to laugh and to
be grateful. Do something nice for a stranger, be kind,
and enjoy these last warm days of summer. Every day, take
time to notice that "It's a Wonderful Life!"

2. Welcome Notes

Fall is coming to Oregon and this is one of the first
cloudy, cool days we've had. I'm sitting on our deck, with
a light jacket, sipping coffee, and listening to the wind
in the trees. Soon, the rains and fog will come, but for
today the dog is asleep at my feet and the sun is trying to
make an appearance through the clouds.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the many people who wrote
to thank me for recommending the movie, "Seabiscuit." I
think it's still showing around the country and if you
haven't seen it yet, grab the kids or call some friends and
give yourself a treat. It's a great story and a good film.

On a more personal note, Mary and I have been listening to
some audio programs recently, and if you aren't taking
advantage of the information available on tapes and CD's,
do so! I suppose it's a bit like our grandparents
listening to the old radio mysteries, but we find them
inspiring, and it certainly gets us talking about our
goals, values and priorities. What a great thing!

Also, once again we've added almost 1000 new subscribers
this week, and I want to welcome all of you! TIPS is
growing faster than ever before, and I'm thrilled! To each
of you who forward it to friends and colleagues, THANK YOU!

And finally, this week marks the second anniversary of the
terrorist attacks of 9/11 and I hope you'll join me in taking
time to remember the victims and once again honor the heroes
who risked their lives to save as many as possible. To all
who lost friends and loved ones our condolences, and to
"first responders" everywhere, we send our deepest gratitude.

3:  It's a Wonderful Life!

Most people are familiar with old Frank Capra movie, "It's
a Wonderful Life", staring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed,
about a man who postpones his own plans in order to help
others. Finally, thinking his dreams will never come true,
he considers suicide until an angel intervenes and he
discovers that he is truly rich in terms of love, respect,
and gratitude of the entire town.

It's a great story, but sacrificing our dreams in order to
discover (almost too late) that other people appreciate us
is not what I am concerned about today.

I think there's a better way to create and live a wonderful

Over 100 years ago, Henry Thoreau observed that "most men
(and women) live lives of quiet desperation" and he
wondered if life has to be as hard and stressful as it
often is. He thought there had to be a better way, and
I agree with him.

Many of us make life far too difficult and we deprive
ourselves of the golden opportunities to enrich our lives.
We fail to laugh, to celebrate, to love one another and to
find the humor, irony, joy and FUN in every day life! No
wonder life seems "hard"!

I think these failings fall into two categories, which for
the moment I'll call "strategic" and "tactical".

The strategic mistakes are the "big" ones. We spend too
much, we work too much and we worry too much. This week I
was reminded that Europeans (in general) work fewer hours,
take more vacations and live longer than Americans. In
many ways, their "quality of life" is higher than ours, and
they seem to know something we don't.

They may not have as many toys and "goodies" as we do, but
they enjoy their wine, their friends and their holidays,
and that's not all bad!

On the "big" things, live well. Do work you love, and
share it with people you enjoy. Live within your means.
Stay healthy, and live in surroundings that challenge and
inspire you. Make sure you can say, "It's a wonderful life!"

And tactically, in the small every-day things, live well
every day! We can all afford to feed the ducks in the park
or sing to a child. We can all read a great book, go for
a walk or call a friend. Flying a kit or snuggling with a
lover are luxuries we can all afford, and not even King
Solomon or the Queen of Sheba, with all their wealth and
power, ever new the delight of ice cream on a hot day!

Every day, live well. I am convinced that we postpone joy
far too long. We work too hard. We take life too
seriously and we live in environments that don't serve us
well. Live within your means. Take time to laugh and to
be grateful. Do something nice for a stranger, be kind,
and enjoy these last warm days of summer. Every day, take
time to notice that "It's a Wonderful Life!"

4. Quotes of the Week

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

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find
out how far one can go."
                                                  -- T. S. Eliot

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream
things that never were and ask why not."
                                                  -- George Bernard Shaw

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
their dreams."
                                                  -- Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Strictly Business:  Invest in Better Tools

One of my favorite quips is from Winston Churchill who
observed that golf is a game where the "object is to get a
ball into a distant hole with tools singularly ill-suited
to the task." The quote makes me chuckle, but too often I
see managers and business owners trying to build businesses
with tools "singularly ill-suited to the task."

Sometimes this happens because we have people (who ought
not be called "tools", but I hope you'll allow me the
latitude to make the larger point) who are ill-suited to
the tasks they need to accomplish, employees whose talents
and training do not permit them to excel at their job. They
never know the joy of excellence, and the company loses
quality, performance and profits.

The second most common failure I see is poor training. By
and large, the companies and leaders I coach are quite
willing to invest in "hardware" and generally the physical
tools are adequate. Sometimes computers or other systems
are out-dated, but most American companies have relatively
modern offices and equipment.

Where we fall down is in the "software" of giving our
people the BEST training for success. We fail to focus on
communication and team-building. We fail to orient new
employees to our corporate culture and values, then wonder
why they "never seem to fit in." We fail to coach our staff
and our managers for peak performance, and we forget that
in the end, our most important assets "walk out the door
every night."

Invest in great tools! Invest in training, in coaching, in
selecting and promoting the "best and brightest" people.
Invest in teams and in shared visions. Invest in the
"little things" that let great people do their best work.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 "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!

Make More Sales!

Set and Achieve Your Goals!

#2 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!
The Sedona Method Works!

#3 The One Minute Millionaire
An 'Almost FREE!' book, CD & Teleclass

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, buy this, and
buy one for a friend. Every teenager should be REQUIRED to
read it in high school - It's that good!

#4 Add e-Commerce to Your Current Website!
(Passive income is a GOOD thing!)

I'm a 'raving fan' of this system that makes it EASY to
sell my tapes, register people for my classes, and create
my affiliate program, and you can use the system FREE for
30 days! Don Schnure has an amazing 'system' for helping me
make money with my website and newsletter, without having
to be a techno-wizard. I use the shopping cart, the
affiliate program (took less than an hour to set up!), and
the broadcast modules. It's so cool! If you have a website,
you NEED this set of tools to make it pay for itself, and
become a profit center for you!

7. Humor:    Diary Excerpts from Cats and Dogs

I never tire to the ways we "humanize" our animal
companions. Today I caught myself laughing at my dog,
telling him he looked "just like a mischievous kid." These
diary entries were sent in my Paul Grobler and, as always,
they make me laugh precisely because they are so true...and
so absurd! Thanks, Paul!

Day number 180:

DAY 752:
My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little
dangling objects. They dine on fresh meat, while I am
forced to eat dry cereal. The only thing that keeps me
going is the hope of escape, and the satisfaction of
ruining the occasional piece of furniture. Tomorrow I may
eat another houseplant.

DAY 761 -
Today I attempted to kill my captors by weaving around
their feet while they were walking and almost succeeded.
Must try this at the top of the stairs. In an attempt to
disgust these vile oppressors, I made myself vomit on their
favorite chair... must try this on their bed.

DAY 766-
Decapitated a mouse and brought them the headless body to
make them aware of what I am capable of, and to strike fear
in their hearts. They only cooed about what a good cat I
was. Not working according to plan.

DAY 768-
I am finally aware of how sadistic they are. For no reason
I was chosen for the water torture. This time it included a
burning chemical called "shampoo". What sick minds could
invent such a liquid? My only consolation is the piece of
thumb still stuck between my teeth.

DAY 771 -
There was a gathering of their accomplices. I was placed in
solitary throughout the event. However, I could smell the
foul odor what they call "beer". More importantly I
overheard that my confinement was due to my power of
"allergies". Must learn what this is and how to use it to
my advantage.

DAY 774-
I am convinced the other captives are flunkies and
snitches. The dog is routinely released and seems happy to
return. He is obviously a half-wit. The bird has got to be
an informant, and speaks with them regularly. I am certain
he reports my every move. Due to his confinement in the
metal room, his safety is assured. But I can wait, it is
only a matter of time....


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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