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

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Become More in 2004!
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Collateral Damage in the Spam Wars    
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:  Life's Greatest Truths  

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The key to lasting success, joy, fulfillment and true
achievement begins with personal development. As you
"become more in 2004", your life will inevitably expand.
You will do more. You'll meet new people. You'll learn
new skills, get more done, and end up having more of the
life you always wanted.

2. Welcome Notes

What a wonderful time of year! I love seeing the
decorations and lights in the windows, everyone seems to
be in a good mood, and I've pretty much learned to avoid
the shopping malls, so I LOVE the holidays! I hope you and
your loved ones are celebrating this time of hope, faith
and good cheer.

Next, I am announcing a new service! I enjoy reading for
an hour or more almost every day, and occasionally I
recommend books in TIPS, but there is no way to share all
the books I read (or hear about) in TIPS. And yet many
people ask me to share my best "finds" and, increasingly,
authors send me review copies and making special offers

So, next week I will start emailing reviews and
recommendations of books I read, along with valuable
Special Offers, to anyone who wants them. I am creating a
separate mailing list and if you would like to receive it
(or sample it) send an email to:

Why? Well, books (and tapes, videos and other resources)
are how we grow, and TIPS subscribers are fanatics about
personal growth. I'll send an email a couple of times
per month and with so many authors doing "specials",
sometimes you can get hundreds of dollars in bonuses
packed with each purchase! (Obviously there is no
pressure to buy anything - just my notes and
recommendations.) This should be fun and I hope you'll
sign up! Here's how:

1. Click here and send a blank email:

2. For more info, visit:

Now, who has a favorite book they want to share? Any
authors want to forward review copies? Let's get this
thing going and start the new year with some great reading!

3:  Become More in 2004! 

There is an old observation that achievement is a
combination of having more, doing more and becoming more,
and the challenge is to get those three in the right order.

Traditionally, most people assume that if they had more,
they would achieve more, and of course, they would then
become more. Unfortunately, it rarely works that way. We
almost never get "more." Certainly, we never get "more"
time since time just "is" and goes by, day by day.
Sometimes a venture capitalist will invest in our ideas or
we discover a skill we never knew we had, but those things
are rare and hard to predict in advance.

The major opportunity available to each of us is to "become
more." Indeed my friend and mentor, Jim Rohn has said that
"to have more, we must first become more," and I believe he
is correct.

So the question becomes, how do we "become more"?

As I prepare to lead my 10-week class, "Alive, Awake and
Aware" in January, I've been focused on the idea that ALL
achievement begins with personal development. A child
develops her abilities by learning to walk, to talk, to tie
her shoes and put away her toys. Later, in adolescence, a
young man learns to drive, do algebra or get his first job.
As young adults, we learn to pay our bills, buy a home or
pursue a career.

All of these milestones represent our ability to "become
more" than we were previously.

Philosophers may argue about the details, but as a
practical matter, to do more and have more, we must first
BECOME MORE. I think that is an essential piece and we
must get clear about it.

If you have goals for 2004, the first fundamental question
is, "Who must you become to achieve those things?"

We all know that temporary changes can be made by brute
force and sheer will-power. Anyone can lose a couple of
pounds by following the latest fad diet for a few days.
Anyone can stay on a budget for a day, perhaps even a week
or two. We know we can make TEMPORARY changes by setting
external goals, getting instruction or increasing our self-
discipline. But unfortunately, we also know what usually
happens after that first blush of enthusiasm.

The truth is that PERMANENT change happens when WE change.
When that kid learns to drive, he "becomes" a driver!

The first step to growth, achievement and joy in 2004 is to
set your targets and define exactly what you want to
achieve in the new year. But the primary key to actually
GETTING those things is to focus on personal development.
As you become more in 2004, the "doing" that leads to
"having" becomes easy.

Unfortunately, too many people never figure this out. They
set goals. They dream and perhaps they attend the
workshops, read the books or follow the latest guru, and
they achieve some success. They reach some of their goals
and hit some of their targets, and that is wonderful!

But the key to lasting success, joy, fulfillment and true
achievement begins with personal development. As you
"become more in 2004", your life will inevitably expand.
You will do more. You'll meet new people. You'll learn
new skills, get more done, and end up having more of the
life you always wanted.

To have and do more, we must first become more. If you
first set that as your theme for the new year, everything
else will be much, much easier. To reach your goals,
"Become more in 2004!"

    If you would like to participate in a 10-week program
    that begins with personal development and leads to a
    balanced, productive and satisfying life, I invite you
    to sign up for "Alive, Awake and Aware" starting on
    January 6th. Anyone can participate by phone and I
    hope you'll join us! For info and to register, visit:

4. Quotes of the Week

"The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to
paint the canvas of our lives."
                                    -- Louise Hay

"Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of
things which matter least."
                                    -- Goethe

"You are a product of your environment, so choose the
environment that will best develop you toward your
objective. Analyze your life in terms of its environment.
Are the things around you helping you toward success ? Or
are they holding you back?"
                                    -- W. Clement Stone

"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful men
and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit."
                                    -- Conrad Hilton

5. Strictly Business:   Collateral Damage in the Spam Wars 

We all have too much junk email and we're all trying to
figure out how to reduce or cope with it. Unfortunately,
sometimes the "cure" is worse than the problem.

I'm talking about the vital business communications that
can end up in the "spam" folder, or worse, permanently

For weeks an important business partner has been sending me
vital emails which I never received. He swore he sent
them; I never got them. We went over this a dozen times
and wasted valuable time. This week I found the answer:
unknown to me, our Internet provider installed a spam
filter which efficiently relegated all of my partner's
email to the junk file. It is gone forever, residing in
cyber heaven - or cyber hell!

Here are a couple of personal observations:

1. AOL, in particular, has become so effective at
filtering spam that newsletters and business communication
are, in my experience, almost hopeless. Over 4,000 of my
own subscribers no longer receive TIPS because of problems
with delivery at AOL. I admit I don't understand their
objective, but they seem to be moving toward a system that
makes personal or recreational email very easy, while it
makes business or newsletter use of AOL difficult.

2. Use personal spam filters with care. Having email lost
or dumped in a junk-mail folder is becoming a daily
occurrence. At the very least, be sure to check your junk-
mail file regularly! Lost email can be annoying and

3. Be sure you understand the details of any filters you
(or your company or Internet provider) use so you can set
the options properly. Personally, we do a "test" exchange
with all new clients and business associates to avoid the
frustration I described at the top of this article.

4. While spam is an expensive nuisance, consider carefully
how aggressive you (and your company) want to be in
eliminating it. In the information age, email is essential
and we risk "throwing the baby out with the bathwater" if
we delete too many vital business messages.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1   Alive, Awake and Aware(tm): How Ordinary People
       Create and Live Extraordinary Lives

This is a unique invitation for folks who "get it". It's a
10-week process to perfect an extraordinary collection of
resources that will help you and thousands of YOUR friends,
clients and customers transform their lives! I've been
using this material for about 3 years but it needs to be
refined and expanded and if you help, you not only get the
material, you also get a voice in perfecting it, AND A
LICENSE to use it, forever! This is gonna be fun! For 10
weeks we will use and tweak the material, share ideas,
expand and enrich the process, and afterward the members
will be encouraged to use the final version with their
clients, forever! If you are a coach, consultant, trainer,
teacher, a minister or leader, this is for YOU! (You'll
have an asset that could make you money, virtually
forever!) The group begins January 6th. Check it out at:

#2    Think Right Now!
        Get 10% Off on The BEST Tapes I've Found!

Mike Brescia at "Think Right Now" is doing a special year-
end sale this week. Many of you have purchased his audio
programs to increase sales, lose weight, set and achieve
goals or improve diet, health and fitness and you know how
good these are! My clients turned me on to these CD's
several months ago and I'm incredibly impressed. Now they
are on sale (ONLY until Dec 12th) and I strongly urge you
to jump on this! Top achievers in every field listen to
audio programs. They imagine themselves winning, setting
new records and living the life they truly WANT, and they
do it by visualizing their victories in advance with the
help of Mike's programs. These are fantastic, both for
yourself and as gifts, and now they are 10% off. Grab

#3    To YOUR Success!
        An Audio Program by Dr Philip E. Humbert

Highly effective people understand the POWER of turning
their cars into "universities on wheels." They listen to
audio programs while they commute, while they exercise,
while they work in the garden. True success requires
achievement in four critical areas of life - work,
finances, health and relationships - and we designed this
program to help you reach your goals in each of these
essential areas. As you listen you will be reminded to use
your time and skills to create the life you truly want!
Success is not an accident! It is the predictable result
of doing the right things, in the right way, at the right
time. I hope you'll invest in this great program! (And -
they make GREAT gifts!)

#4     *** Best Books! ***
         A  FREE  Resource!

I read almost every day, and books and audio programs have
been a tremendous source of inspiration and power for me,
and I want to share the best of the best with you. Between
my own reading and review copies authors send me I have a
collection of over 2000 volumes and I want to share some of
the vast wisdom those authors have shared with me, with you!

About two or three times a month, I'll send an email with
my notes or observations about the books I'm reading and,
perhaps even more exciting, I'll include notices about
tremendous BONUS awards that authors make available with
their books. Sometimes the bonuses are worth hundred
dollars, just for buying a great book! To get my reviews
just send an email to: or, if
that link isn't clickable, use this one:

And for info, visit:

7. Humor:   Life's Greatest Truths 

Almost every day, someone sends me great chuckles and I
deeply appreciate the great TIPS family and all of you who
include me in your "circle of smiles". Thanks! Here is
some more great humor from my friend, Bob Armstrong.


1)  No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2)  When your Mom is mad at your Dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3)  If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4)  Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5)  You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6)  Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7)  Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8)  You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9)  Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandpa's lap.


1)  Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.
2)  Wrinkles don't hurt.
3)  Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nut.
4)  Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5)  Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6)  Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.


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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