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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 14, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Foundation For Great Achievement 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  A List Worthy of You   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:  Why I Love My Mom

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1. The One-Minute TIP

High achievement starts by knowing who you are and what you
want in life. Then, achievement comes from going after it.
That's not always easy or simple, but winners keep trying
"until" they find a way. "Know thyself and to thine own
self be true." There is no stopping a human being who knows
who they are, what they want, and who is determined to get it.

Millions of people set goals every year and then are
frustrated when they don't achieve them. Many of us know
exactly what we want, and we work hard, but make little
progress. If that's you, watch for next week's TIPS:
"The Daily Steps of Top Performers."

2. Welcome Notes

This weekend I will be in the City of Brotherly Love
(Philadelphia) with a group of the best and brightest
online marketers I know. I often write about investing in
personal and professional development, and I put my money
where my mouth is. About 15 of us are gathering to teach
each other, share our "secrets" of success, and build
alliances to achieve even better results in the future.

I love the old Beatles' line, "I get by with a little help
from my friends." We ALL need to learn from one another. We
ALL "stand on the shoulders" of those who came before us.
Next spring, I'll be doing my "World-Class Life Conference"
in Wisconsin for the 11th consecutive year, and if you
haven't attended, I hope you'll join us! Make plans to
grow! Make plans to learn, to talk with and be influenced
by the geniuses and miracle-workers of our time. It doesn't
"cost." It pays!

Finally, speaking of small investments that reap HUGE
rewards, over 100 of you bought Michael Angier's amazing
`encyclopedia" last week ("101 Ways to Get Ahead") and I
strongly encourage you to grab a copy. He has assembled the
most practical, user-friendly and powerful collection of
"recipes" to get ahead, solve problems, and achieve your
goals I have ever seen.

As I wrote before, I wish I had written it! It's that good!
I keep my copy on my desk and review portions of it every
day. Do yourself a tremendous favor, invest a few dollars
for his "101 Best Ways to Get Ahead" book. You'll be glad
you did!

3:  The Foundation For Great Achievement

I've been studying human achievement for almost 50 years
now (professionally for over 30 years), and the longer I do
this work, the more I see that the "recipe" for achievement
is much easier than most people believe. In fact, Socrates
described it over 2000 years ago with the simple phrase,
"Know thyself."

I am working on a new book that expands this simple idea,
and I want to share some preliminary observations with you.

First: Know your strengths

High achievement comes from knowing what you do well, what
you love and where your passion lies. Mid-level performance
comes from people who can "get by" or are doing something
"acceptable" but they are not using their talents to the
maximum. When human beings do something they love and have
some talent for, they are unstoppable!

Think about a teenager learning to drive, play sports or
music or dance. Think about your own determination to be a
great parent, good lover or successful investor. When we
are doing something that "makes sense," something that
draws and excites us, we find a way to get the job done.
Know yourself and go with your strengths, passions and

Second: Know your weaknesses

We all have blind spots and weaknesses. We have things we
don't enjoy, or don't want to do, and yet too often we
create lives or careers that ask us to do that very thing!
How dumb is that?

If you don't like detail work, hire a bookkeeper! If you
are a quiet person, don't go into sales or politics!

Unfortunately, most of our weaknesses are not so dramatic
and over the years, we find ways to hide them or work
around them. Then we end up in situations where we "forget"
to do the books, return phone calls or calculate the
budget. We get "bored" with meetings or annoyed with "those
dreamers" in the R&D department. Know yourself and work
around your weaknesses!

Third: Know what you want

We all have dreams and desires. We know, deep inside, what
brings us joy, what excites us, what fires us up.
Sometimes, we get confused or lose track of our dreams, but
they are still "in there." The trick is to identify and
express them!

The winners in life know what they want and they find
healthy, productive ways to go after it. They ask, they
poke and prod until they "find a way." Recently, a client
he expressed amazement that since he identified a
particular skill he wants to develop, he suddenly sees
people doing it all the time! My comment was that "when you
know what you want, you're much more likely to get it."

Fourth: Know how to express yourself

The final piece is "finding your voice" or finding your
unique way to let the world know you exist. Some do this
naturally and become entertainers, politicians or whatever.
Others struggle to express themselves in the world, but
winners always, eventually, find a way. They speak up. They
reach out. They "go for it" and "makes waves." They voice
their suggestions, work for their causes, and make a
difference in the world.

High achievement starts by knowing who you are and what you
want in life. Then, achievement comes from going after it.
That's not always easy or simple, but winners keep trying
"until" they find a way. "Know thyself and to thine own
self be true." There is no stopping a human being who knows
who they are, what they want, and who is determined to get it.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness
has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
                                     -- Goethe

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by
pressing the limits do you ever find them."
                                     -- Dr. Joyce Brothers

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's
own self."
                                     -- Montaigne

"Follow your bliss."
                                     -- Joseph Campbell

5. Strictly Business:   A List Worthy of You

Most people have been told to organize their day and work
with a "to do" list. We've been told to list our
priorities, write them down, start at the top and check
each one off as it's completed. Unfortunately, my
experience is that very few of us either do it, or find it

There is a better way.

I recommend creating a list of your top values, the things
that remain constant over time, and then designing each day
around those life-choices.

Most people can quickly name the handful of values, people,
relationships, projects and purposes that are most
important to them. These might include their faith, their
career, their families, or something as concrete as buying
a new home. The specifics differ for each of us, but most
people can identify their personal list.

The problem is that most of us never actually WRITE IT
DOWN! My suggestion is that you write down your 5 or 10 top
priorities and keep the list where you can see it, and will
actually read it each day. Review it each morning. Smile as
you read it, picturing each item in your mind.

Then, design your day and your "to do" list around those
major priorities. Sure, some days will be spent on trivial
errands or whatever, but most days, most of the time, focus
on activities that reflect your "life list".

Over time, your list will evolve as your priorities change,
but if you have the right items and the wording is
"perfect", reminding yourself of your true priorities and
your true passions each and every morning will make a huge
difference. Try it. I think you'll like results!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
        An "encyclopedia" of Success!

My friend and colleague, Michael Angier has compiled the
most useful and most powerful "encyclopedia" for
achievement I've ever seen. He calls it "101 Best Ways to
Get Ahead" and I absolutely want you to jump on this, buy
it, print it out and keep it on your desk from now on!

To get it now, click here:

Creating a GREAT life is ALWAYS an on-going journey. That
is why you need this book! In life we need to achieve a
wide variety of things. Some are financial, some focus on
our relationships. Some are connected to health and
fitness, others to parenting or preparing for retirement,
but ALL of these things have one thing in common:

Other people have figured out how to do them well. Someone,
somewhere has figured out the "recipe" to achieve the
things you want in life, and Michael has compiled the
quotes, recommendations, the "recipes" to get stuff done!

He has also persuaded his colleagues around the world to
donate over $1500 in bonuses, extras and fr^ee access to
materials, but only IF you take action and buy the ebook. I
hope you'll jump on this! Buy it at:

#2    Think Right Now!
        The Best Tools for CHANGE I've Found!

Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, lose weight, set and achieve goals or improve diet,
health and fitness and you know how good they are! My
clients turned me on to these CD's several months ago and
I'm incredibly impressed. I strongly urge you to jump on
this! Top achievers in every field listen to audio
programs. They imagine themselves winning, getting 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. Grab these!

#3    Got a Website?
        Earn Passive Income!

Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
autoresponders and systems that were supposed to help me
serve my subscribers and make money from my website. None
of them worked, or more accurately they worked, but they
were complex, confusing and didn't work very well. Then I
discovered Don Schnure and the amazing programs he's put
together. They work! They are powerful, EASY to use, and
they let me automate my newsletter, my affiliate programs
and my shopping cart, with no hassle! I love this! And, you
can use it for 30 days to check it out. Highly recommended!

7. Humor:    Why I Love My Mom

I've received several items like this over the years, but
Bob Armstrong recently sent this to me and I think it makes
the point best. To all the "moms" out there (them women and
more than a few men who do the work of making life possible
for the rest of us), thank you! (And thanks to Bob for
sending this along.)

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and
it's late, I think I'll go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next
day's lunches. Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out
of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked
the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put
spoons and bowls on the table.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of
clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose
button. She picked up the game pieces left on the table,
put the phone back on the charger and put the phone book in
the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a
towel to dry. She yawned and stretched and headed for the
bedroom but stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the
teacher, counted out some cash for the fieldtrip, and
pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and
stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery
store. She put both near her purse. Mom then washed her
face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night Solution & age
fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and
filed her nails.

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."
"I'm on my way," she said.

She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat
outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio
light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their
bedside lamps, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into
the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one still
up doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm, laid out clothing for
the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added
three things to her 6 most important things to do list.
She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment
of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no
one in particular, "I'm going to bed." And he did...without
another thought.

Anything extraordinary here?
Wonder why women live longer...?
(and we can't die sooner, we still have things to do!!!)
Send this to five phenomenal women today...they'll love you
for it!

Then: Go to bed.


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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