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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, December 19, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Third Pillar: The Power of Positive Simplicity 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  The Tools of The Trade   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Letter From A Flirtatious Old Gal (or Guy)

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1. The One-Minute TIP

When high acievers become wealthy public figures we see
them in their limousines and elegant offices, but even as
beginners, they keep their lives orderly and focused.
Whether they have chauffeurs and maids, or drive an economy
sedan, they know the value of simplicity, focus, and clarity.
High achievers use the Power of Positive Simplicity to
create the life they truly want. So should you!

2. Welcome Notes

"Twas the week before Christmas" - while many people around
the world do not celebrate Christmas, we do in our home and
without intending insult or discomfort to anyone, we wish
each of you peace and joy. Regardless of whether you
celebrate one of the other holidays or none of them, may
this season bring satisfaction and renewal, and may the new
year bring peace, prosperity, health and happiness to you
and your loved ones.

This week, I am particularly appreciative of good health
and how fragile it is. I have an annoying health issue that
flairs up periodically (no, it's not "serious" or life-
threatening, just painful) and this week it got me again. I
was perfectly fine when I went to bed and the next morning
I could hardly walk. Fortunately, my doctor has little
green pills that take care of it and today I'm fine and once
again tempted to take my health for granted. Don't do that!

This is the only body you've got, so respect it. Exercise a
little more, eat a bit less. And listen to your mother -
eat more fruits and vegetables and a bit less salt, sugar
and fat. It's not the total answer, but it's a good start.

OK, end of lecture! If you are wondering what happened to
2004 and are ready to make 2005 your "best year ever" I
hope you'll join my 1st TEAM Coaching project. It's a small
group, it's personal, it's practical and it's POWERFUL! Our
goal is help you design the life you truly want - and GET
it! If you want to work less, achieve more and create the
life you truly want, I hope you'll join us.

3:  The Third Pillar: The Power of Positive Simplicity 

For the past few weeks we've been looking at the systems
top performers use to virtually guarantee their success in
life. Success is NOT an accident or a matter of "luck." It
is a skill that can be used over and over for life-long

This week, Donald Trump picked his next "apprentice" and
what struck me were the powerful skills, trends, patterns
and behaviors that the finalists had in common. These
people are ambitious and they had taken the time to learn
certain skills that helped them to achieve remarkable
things. The good news is - YOU CAN LEARN AND USE THEM, TOO!

Three weeks ago, we started with the Foundation of Positive
Self-Awareness. High achievers do not drift or wander or
"settle" in life. They ponder their values and clarify
their priorities. They know their strengths and use them to
their advantage. They know their weaknesses and minimize
their limitations. To an unusual degree, top performers
know who they are and where they are going in life!

On that Foundation, highly effective people use what I call
the Four Pillars of success. In the past two weeks we've
looked at Positive Passion and Positive Integrity. Today we
add the third pillar: The Power of Positive Simplicity.

The Power of Positive Simplicity is not about living a
Spartan life! Donald Trump, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and
Rudy Gulliani do not live in tents or sleep on the floor!
For them, the Power of Positive Simplicity has a totally
different meaning.

Positive Simplicity is the power of focus and
concentration, it's about clear priorities and the ability
to say a resounding NO to the distractions and
complications of life.

High achievers thrive on complexity, but they avoid
complications at all costs, and that is a HUGE distinction!
The brain loves complexity. We are fascinated by puzzles
and challenges and mysteries in life. High achievers love
the challenge of solving problems, whether the challenge is
making money, raising teenagers, or finding spiritual peace.

They also know that a complicated life is the death of
success. They know their priorities, and refuse to become
distracted. They simplify their life and focus on one or
two priorities, ignoring the many "bright lights" of
temptation around them.

When high achievers become wealthy public figures we see
them in their limousines and elegant offices, but even as
beginners, they keep their lives orderly and focused.
Whether they have chauffeurs and maids, or drive an economy
sedan, they know the value of simplicity, focus, and clarity.
High achievers use the Power of Positive Simplicity to
create the life they truly want. So should you!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Maintaining a complicated life is a great way to avoid changing it."
                                            -- Elaine St. James

"It only takes one person to change your life -- you."
                                            -- Ruth Casey

"Don't worry about whether or not I am now happy. Today is
only chapter one. We have yet to write the book."
                                            -- Lois Wyse

"Start living now. Stop saving the good china for that special
occasion. Stop withholding your love until that special person
materializes. Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God."
                                            -- Mary Manin Morrissey

5. Strictly Business:   The Tools of The Trade

In business, there is no success without the proper tools.

Every now and then, this principle comes home in a powerful
way. A year ago, Mary and I rented a condo for a delightful
weekend at the beach and everything was perfect except for
one thing - the tools in the kitchen were a collection of
junk, including dull knives that renters would not bother
to steal. I wrote a TIPS about going into town to buy a
good knife. When it came to carving the turkey, it made all
the difference!

This week, I had a similar experience. As I wrote last
week, the hard drive on my computer recently crashed and
while we had back-ups of my important files, when the
computer was rebuilt, it didn't have the same "look and
feel." Windows has an infinite number of settings and
variations, and the new machine did not "work" the way it

On Thursday, I had my tech guy come back and make some
changes. He moved some software around, downloaded the
correct drivers for my hardware, adjusted the settings and
voila! "My" computer was back! It makes all the difference!

Over and over, as I coach business owners and leaders, I
see them struggling with out-dated procedures, old
equipment, or inadequate skills. They "can't afford" new
tools. They "can't afford" to hire a coach, attend the
seminars, up-date their marketing materials or learn new
techniques. They "can't afford" the experts they need or
the tools of their trade. No wonder they are floundering,
failing and (too often) going broke!

Invest in the tools of your trade! Get the equipment to do
your best work. Whether it's a major investment or just a
new laptop, buy good tools! You cannot afford to handicap
yourself with out-dated skills or last-year's attitudes.
Invest in the tools of your trade!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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Group coaching is one of the BEST ways to get organized,
focus on your goals and ACHIEVE the results you need! For
the past several years, I've led coaching groups because as
a team, you have folks to support you. As a team, there is
a structure and plan for getting things done. And, as a
team, the cost is low while the opportunity to get exactly
the support you need is always there. And, they are FUN!

The name of the group says it all: T-ogether E-veryone A-
chieves M-iracles!(tm) These groups are structured so we
never waste time. They are focused on helping you create
the results you want, but they are also warm, personal, and
informal enough to respond to individual concerns.

I can't think of a better way to start the year! Set your
goals, then make the commitment to "get there." Match your
daily actions to achieving your highest priorities! To
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#2     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!

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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!

#3    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!

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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:    Letter From A Flirtatious Old Gal (or Guy)

Bob Armstrong sends some of the gentlest, best humor and I
really appreciate it! Here's a cute note that, while I'm
not quite "there" yet, is becoming slightly too familiar!
Enjoy! (And, to all of you who forward humor, quotes, puns
and jokes, thank you! They always make me smile and I
appreciate that! Send them to me at:

Dear friends,

I have become a little older since I saw you last, and a
few changes have come into my life since then. Frankly,
I have become a flirtatious old gal.

I am seeing five gentlemen every day. As soon as I wake up,
Will Power helps me get out of bed. Then I go to see John.

Then Charlie Horse comes along, and when he is here he
takes a lot of my time and attention. When he leaves,
Arthur Ritis shows up and stays the rest of the day. He
doesn't like to stay in one place very long, so he takes me
from joint to joint.

After such a busy day, I'm really tired and glad to go to
bed with Ben Gay. What a life! Oh yes, I'm also flirting
with Al Zymer.

Your Old Friend

P.S. The preacher came to call the other day. He said at my
age I should be thinking of the hereafter. I told him, "Oh
I do it all the time. No matter where I am, in the parlor,
upstairs, in the kitchen, or in the garage, I ask
myself..... "Now, what am I here after?"


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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