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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Foundation and Four Pillars Of Success 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  The Great Business Discovery of 2004   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   The Year is 1904

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The foundation for great achievement is Extreme Self-
Awareness. Get to know yourself. Be exactly who you truly
are. Want whatever you want, and go for it! Ask for stuff.
Try stuff. If you make mistakes, learn from them, pick
yourself up and go again. Nothing magnificent was ever
built on a foundation of doubt or "maybe." In 2005, make
yourself a promise to be "Self-ish" and go for it!

2. Welcome Notes

The starting point this week has to be Thanksgiving! While
most TIPS subscribers around the world didn't share our
particular holiday this week, we all have MUCH to be
grateful for. You have a computer, you can read and write,
you have access to a world of people who can help you turn
information into creative products and solutions. We are
the most blessed people in history.

As many people have said, "Your Attitude Determines Your
Altitude" and I'm convinced that the "Attitude of
Gratitude" is key. I'm grateful for each of you who read
TIPS, and I hope you appreciate it and will pass it along
to at least one or two friends and encourage them to

3:  The Foundation and The Four Pillars Of Success 

My clients and people in the audiences where I speak often
want the "secret" of success. They want to know how to
build the life they truly want, the one they imagine and
long for, and I compare it to the ingredients of a recipe,
or the tools in a toolbox. The key ingredients are already
familiar to most of us.

For the next few weeks, we will all be distracted with
holidays and end-of-year projects, and that means
readership for newsletters will go down. I hope you'll make
an exception for TIPS because for the next 5 weeks I want
to address "The Foundation and the Four Pillars Of
Success." These articles may become the basis for my next
book, and I hope you'll make a point to watch for and read
TIPS from now through December. Here we go:

In a word, the foundation for all extraordinary achievement
is this:
Top Achievers Have Extreme Self-Awareness.

1. Top Achievers are Unusually Selfish

They know themselves and their values. They know what they
want, where they are going and what they will DO with their
lives. They have taken time to "get over" themselves. They
tend to be humble because they are not confused or grasping
or complaining. They are not particularly worried about
pleasing others because they have learned to please

Sure, many people have become rich or powerful without this
extraordinary level of self-awareness (think of Elvis
Presley, Judy Garland, perhaps Bill Clinton or some
basketball players of recent notoriety), but the real
winners in life have figured out who they are and where
they are going in life. They are them SELVES. They are
unusually self-aware.

2. Top Achievers have Unusual Self-Acceptance

They know their strengths and weaknesses, they can laugh at
themselves and stand tall. They can stand alone when needed
and they can forgive any past mistakes or foolishness.
Because they are comfortable in their own skin, they have
the confidence to make clear decisions and walk boldly
forward. They accept those around them, as well. They know
that since no one is perfect, their parents, friends,
partners and neighbors have also made mistakes, and that is
"ok." It's part of life. They have an unusual ability to
accept life as it is and move forward.

3. Top Achievers have Unusual Self-Projection

Top achievers are willing to speak out and they expect to
make a difference. They volunteer, they try stuff, they
learn and they take risks. They are the "movers and
shakers", the ones who put themselves in the game. They
"stir things up." Sometimes they make trouble or ask hard
questions. They can be "politically incorrect" and may come
across as insensitive because they are willing to put
themselves INTO LIFE. (Fortunately, they are also among the
most sensitive, helpful and thoughtful people because they
are willing to reach out. They CARE!)

Because top achievers are unusually aware of themselves and
others, they are comfortable with their own power and can
use it to make a difference.

In the words of the ancient poet, the foundation for
achievement is to, "first know thyself and (then) to thine
own self be true."

Do This:

*** Keep a journal. Notice your values and preferences,
ponder the things that happen in life and strive to
understand them.

*** Forgive your past mistakes or blunders. You're human.
Welcome to the club!

*** Forgive others. The past is past and life is just
life. Let's get on with it!

*** Be yourself and let others know who you are. Face it,
we're all a bit "weird" and very individualistic. That's
the beauty of it!

The foundation for great achievement is Extreme Self-
Awareness. Get to know yourself. Be exactly who you truly
are. Want whatever you want, and go for it! Ask for stuff.
Try stuff. If you make mistakes, learn from them, pick
yourself up and go again. Nothing magnificent was ever
built on a foundation of doubt or "maybe." In 2005, make
yourself a promise to be "Self-ish" and go for it!

4. Quotes of the Week

"The great tragedy of life is not death, but what dies
inside of us while we live."
                               -- Norman Cousins

"It takes great courage to faithfully follow what we know
to be true."
                               -- Sara E. Anderson"

"Our background and circumstances may have influenced who
we are, but we are responsible for who we become."
                               -- Barbara Geraci

Be patient with yourself. Self-growth is tender; it's holy
ground. There is no greater investment."
                               -- Stephen Covey

5. Strictly Business:   The Great Business Discovery of 2004

We are nearing the end of 2004 and one of the most
important (and profitable) investments you can make is to
review the past few months very, very carefully.

To an amazing degree, we humans are creatures of habit. We
are the best examples of Newton's law that, "a body set in
motion tends to remain in motion." We tend to plunge
blindly ahead, repeating yesterday's mistakes and failing
to learn from experience. Yes, we take great pride in the
fact that we "can" learn, but my observation is that we
rarely do.

We assume that what worked yesterday "must" be the way to
go next year. Now, of course, we all know we shouldn't do
that! We KNOW we should examine our records. We KNOW we
should be innovative, creative and original. We know that,
but do we do it?

When Jack Welch was the head of General Electric, he
insisted that half the company's profits come from products
and services that were less than five years old. Why? His
focus was always on innovation because he understood that
yesterday's methods would never work in tomorrow's world.

Take time - several hours, perhaps more - to carefully
review the following questions:

1. What worked best in 2004? What surprised me or taught me
something new for my work or business?

2. What did not work, or is working less and less well?
What was less profitable or less effective than I expected?
Is it time to drop it altogether?

3. What's new in my field? What are my colleagues doing
that I should apply to my business in 2005?

One of the absolute BEST things any professional, business
owner or manager can do is invest in seminars and
conferences. The chance to get away and "see the forest for
the trees" is incredibly valuable. Conferences generate new
perspectives, and new ideas create vast new opportunities!
Invest in yourself!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    The 1st Annual Maui Coaching Conference
        January 11-16, 2005

Years ago the poet observed that "no [one] is an island"
and I've often written that the best and brightest are also
the quickest to learn from experts, the first to hire
coaches and the "first responders" when it comes to
attending valuable conferences, investing in their future,
pooling talents and learning skills they need to excel.
Here is your personal invitation to join the "best and
brightest", those who will excel in 2005!

In building our businesses and achieving our dreams, we all
need the help of our friends. We need strong networks and
expert advice. Conferences and workshops have NEVER "cost"
me - they pay for themselves many times over! If you want
true "return on investment" before you buy software or
tools or equipment, BUY SKILLS! Buy information! Invest in
relationships with the best people in the world! And where
can you do that better than in Maui, in January, at the
Maui Coaching Conference?

Join the best, learn the best skills and give yourself a
HUGE advantage in 2005! Seating is limited and time is
going quickly, so please jump on this! I decided to attend
and speak because of the VALUE they've put together and the
chance I'll have to meet people I've admired for years. I
hope you'll join us!

#2    The Savvy Online Biz Coach
        Your Personal "Tech Dept" from Peggy Champlin

How often have you wished you had someone to fix a problem
with your web site, or help you get your site launched? Or,
how often have you wondered how online marketing REALLY
works? Now, you can have a "virtual" in-house, on-call guru
at your finger tips! By creating tons of resources and
PERSONAL service just a phone-call away, Peggy has answered
your prayers!

I've often written about the value of having Ken Allmett
"on call." Ken has been our "tech guy" for several years
and I'll continue to use him for many things, but Peggy has
been advising high-end websites and online marketers for
years, and now you can access her expert advice! This is
so cool!

When she called, I not only jumped on it, I agreed to be
one of her "teleclass experts" for a call next month. I
hope you'll join us! Get more info, and for goodness sake,
if you have a website (or want one!) please sign up. You'll
wonder how you ever got along without it!

#3    101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
        An "encyclopedia" of Success!

As I've been telling you recently, 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!

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!

I hope you'll jump on this! Buy it at:

7. Humor:    The Year is 1904

Maybe this will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! Paul
Vogt sent this to me Thanksgiving morning and it really
gave perspective. We have so much to appreciate and be
thankful for! Enjoy:

The year is 1904 . One hundred years ago. What a difference
a century makes! Here are some of the US statistics for

The average life expectancy in the US was 47 years.

Only 14% of the homes in the US had a bathtub.

Only 8% of the homes had a telephone.

A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost $11.00

There were only 8,000 cars in the US, and only 144 miles of
paved roads.

The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.

Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each had more
people than California. With only 1.4 million residents,
California was the 21st most populous state in the Union.

The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

The average wage in the US was 22 cents an hour.

The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

More than 95 percent of all births in the US took place at home.

About 90% of all US physicians had no college education.
Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were
condemned in the press and by the government as "substandard."

Sugar cost four cents a pound. Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen.

Coffee was fifteen cents a pound.

Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used
borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

The five leading causes of death in the US were:

1. Pneumonia and influenza
2. Tuberculosis
3. Diarrhea
4. Heart disease
5. Stroke

The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New
Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the
Union yet.

The population of Las Vegas, Nevada, was 30!

Crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been

There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

Two of every 10 adults in the US could not read or write.
Only 6% of all Americans had completed high school.

Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the
counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist,
"Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind,
regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in fact, a
perfect guardian of health."

Eighteen percent of households in the US had at least one
full-time servant or domestic.

There were only about 230 reported murders in the entire US

And today, I forwarded this from someone else without
typing it myself, and sent it to you in a matter of
seconds! Try to imagine what it may be like in another 100
years ... it staggers the mind.


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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