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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 30, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Making the Most of The Little Things
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Personal Privacy Protection    
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:  Mixed-up History 

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Every single morning, I decide how to spend my day. Every
single day, I open the drapes, put on some good music, make
the calls, manage my time, show up, and do the very best I
can. I control my Personal Eco-System(tm), so that I am as
happy, efficient and productive as possible and by controlling
those "little things", the big things tend to fall into place.

2. Welcome Notes

I hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving! I know many
subscribers around the world didn't celebrate a specific
holiday this week, but as I wrote on Wednesday, it's always
good to appreciate how much we have. And, to the many who
sent notes of appreciation for that extra issue, Thank You!

We did the usual turkey and trimmings, but one of the
nicest things I've been doing is reading some of Ernest
Hemingway's short stories. I've been delighting in "The
Snows of Kilimanjaro", "The Short, Happy Life of Francis
Macomber" and many other stories. His themes, of course,
are often gruesome or sad, but the writing is so good!
Take time to enjoy the riches life offers. It's so cool!

And, I want to acknowledge the incredible response to last
Sunday's announcement of two new groups, starting in January.
The coaching group is already FULL! I interviewed the last
member about 1:00 PM on Tuesday, so it filled in less than
two days, and that is amazing!

The good news is that we still have room in the "Alive,
Awake and Aware"(tm) program which begins on January 6th.
The really cool thing is that every participant will be
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about this! I think we can touch thousands of people by the
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Finally, with so many holidays approaching, I want to send
my greetings to each of you, along with a gentle reminder
to use the end of the year to wrap up your goals for 2003,
and to take time for friends and family, and for yourself.
Take time to review the year, and to preview 2004. And, if
you're traveling, allow a bit of extra time to enjoy the trip.

3:  Making the Most of The Little Things 

This morning I had a long conversation with a friend about
the struggles she has achieving her goals. She is talented,
educated and has tons of potential, and she is very clear
about what she wants and how to get there. So why is she
so frustrated?

Well, there could be many answers to that, but as we talked
I looked around her home office and down the hall to her
living room. What I saw was a nice house, with nice
furniture and the usual assortment of family pictures,
collectibles, and a bit of ordinary clutter. There were a
few old magazines, a jacket thrown over the couch, but
nothing out of the ordinary.

And yet the over-all picture seemed cluttered. The drapes
were pulled, so that even with plenty of windows, the room
felt dark. Somehow, the furniture seemed crowded and the
total experience seemed "heavy" to me.

Now, I am no expert in feng shui, the ancient Chinese
system of arranging space to increase energy, but it
did seem that while her home and office were "nice",
the total picture was somehow distracting. So, not being
at all tactful, I suggested that we do something about
it, and in the middle of our conversation we started
moving furniture!

Now, I wouldn't normally do that in a friend's home, but at
the time it seemed reasonable. Together, we threw out a
few old magazines and last week's mail, we shoved a couple
chairs to new locations and moved a small bookshelf so we
could open the drapes. In ten minutes, the room was

As I say, this is not about feng shui. To me, it seemed
more like commonsense.

We walked back into her office and moved her desk to give
her more light. We closed the door to a store-room to
eliminate the visual clutter, and I straightened up some
books while she filed some papers that had piled up. She
talked about some motivational posters she used to have on
the walls and promised to get them back up. Finally, I
noticed a small stereo, so I flipped the switch and the
room was filled with a Beethoven symphony. What a

Will these small changes make "the" difference? I don't
know. But, I think they'll help.

Only rarely does life give us an opportunity to make "big"
changes. Most of the time, life is lived in small
increments like moving furniture, dusting off our desk or
playing good music on the stereo. In business,
occasionally someone makes the "big sale", but more often,
high achievers simply make one more phone call, contact one
more client, or do a little "extra" for a new customer.

Over and over again I delight in how "ordinary" the rich
and famous really are. I love the old phrase that they,
too, "put their pants on one leg at a time." Yes, given
the choice I would rather have a great talent or be born
rich, or find a miracle cure for cancer, but those things
are not likely to happen.

What IS likely is that every single morning, I will decide
how to spend my day. Every single day, I will open the
drapes, put on some good music, make the calls, manage my
time, show up, and do the very best I can. What I CAN do
is control my Personal Eco-System(tm) so that I am as
happy, efficient and productive as possible. What I CAN do
is develop the habits and give it my best shot. That is
what I can control, and by controlling those "little
things", the big things tend to fall into place.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor."
                                                           -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

"As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just
watch what they do."
                                                           -- Andrew Carnegie

"Ideals are like stars. We may never reach them, but we use them
to chart our course."
                                                           -- Unknown

"If you don't like the way the world is you change it. You have
an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time."
                                                           -- Marian Wright Edelman

5. Strictly Business:   Personal Privacy Protection

According to one recent headline, over 25 million Americans
will be the victims of identity theft this year, usually in
the form of credit card fraud. That is one person in ten!
It is vital that we protect ourselves in terms of our
finances, but even more to protect our credit ratings and
because of the time and turmoil identity theft can cause.

Here are a few basic steps to protect yourself:

1. Shred everything that has your name, address or account
number on it. Remember when only the CIA owned a paper
shredder? No more! Every family should have a basic
shredder and use it every day. Never throw credit card
statements, bank statements or applications in the trash.

2. Never give personal information over the phone unless
you are CERTAIN who you are giving it to. Never answer
personal questions or give out information to "confirm you
account number". It is much better to be overly cautious
than to be a victim!

3. Get a copy of your credit history and review it at
least once a year. Your bank, credit union or lending
institution can help you with the phone numbers and
application process.

4. Use online banking and bill paying services. Security
online is safer than putting payments and personal
information in the mail, and you can't beat the

5. Photocopy both sides of every card and document in your
wallet, and repeat the process at least once a year. If
you lose your wallet, you'll want to know exactly what you
lost, and who to call for replacements. And, carry only
one credit card - it's easier if you lose it, and you may
even spend less!

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7. Humor:    Mixed-up History

Dinesh Jethwa from South Wales sent these - and many more -
with a note that they are supposed to be student answers
on a history test. Personally, I find that implausible,
but they sure are funny! People with the talent (and time)
to think up this stuff amaze me, and they certainly enrich
my life! Enjoy!

1. Ancient Egypt was inhabited by mummies and they all
wrote in hydraulics. They lived in the Sarah Dessert and
traveled by Camelot. The climate of the Sarah is such that
the inhabitants have to live elsewhere.

2. Moses led the Hebrew slaves to the Red Sea, where they
made unleavened bread which is bread made without any
ingredients. Moses went up on Mount Cyanide to get the
ten commandments. He died before he ever reached Canada.

3. Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around
giving people advice. Socrates died from an overdose of
wedlock. After his death, his career suffered a dramatic

4. Julius Caesar extinguished himself on the battlefields
of Gaul. The Ides of March murdered him because they thought
he was going to be made king. Dying, he gasped out:
"Tee hee, Brutus."

5. Joan of Arc was burnt to a steak and was canonized by
Bernard Shaw.

6. It was an age of great inventions and discoveries.
Gutenberg invented removable type and the Bible. Another
important invention was the circulation of blood. Sir
Walter Raleigh is a historical figure because he invented
cigarettes and started smoking. And Sir Francis Drake
circumcised the world with a 100 foot clipper.

7. The greatest writer of the Renaissance was William
Shakespeare. He was born in the year 1564, supposedly on
his birthday. He never made much money and is famous only
because of his plays. He wrote tragedies, comedies, and
hysterectomies, all in Islamic pentameter. Romeo and Juliet
are an example of a heroic couplet. Romeo's last wish was
to be laid by Juliet.

8. Later, the Pilgrims crossed the ocean, and this was
called Pilgrim's Progress. The winter of 1620 was a hard
one for the settlers. Many people died and many babies were
born. Captain John Smith was responsible for all this.

9. Soon the Constitution of the United States was adopted
to secure domestic hostility. Under the constitution the
people enjoyed the right to keep bare arms.

10. Abraham Lincoln became America's greatest Precedent.
His mother died in infancy, and he was born in a log cabin
which he built with his own hands.

11. Queen Victoria was the longest queen. She sat on a
thorn for 63 years. She was a moral woman who practiced
virtue. Her death was the final event which ended her

12. Louis Pasteur discovered a cure for rabbis. Charles
Darwin was a naturalist who wrote the Organ of the Species.
Madman Curie discovered radio. And Karl Marx became one of
the Marx brothers.


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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