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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, December 26, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Eight Life Lessons that Make a Difference 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  The One-Minute End-Of-Year Check-Up   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Joys of Parenting

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1. The One-Minute TIP

My Holiday wish is that in 2005 we make this world a happier,
more peaceful, and more fulfilling place for all of us.
This particular planet is too small for us to not get along.
For all our differences, we're in this thing together so
let's make it work!

Here's to a prosperous, peaceful, and joyful Holiday and
New Year!

2. Welcome Notes

Greetings and Merry Christmas! Not all of our many
subscribers around the world celebrate this particular day,
but in our home it's a big deal, so with respect and joy,
we hope each of you had a Merry Christmas! And if you honor
a different tradition, blessings to you as well. May we all
pause and reflect on the lessons of peace, hope, gratitude
and joy that our traditions have in common. What a
wonderful time of year!

I often write about keeping life organized, simple and
"problem free", so it's only honest to say this has not
been a very organized week around here. Lots of computer
problems, some annoying health challenges and getting ready
for Christmas have kept us busy. Sometimes life is like
that. It's nice to know that even during busy times, the
sun comes up, the earth goes around the sun, Mary still
loves me, Cody (the dog) still runs to my side and
chocolate still makes everything better. <g>

This is a slightly abreviated issue. Life is busy, so enjoy
yourself, take time to breath, and share a smile with
someone who needs it. And, I'll resume our series on the
"Pillars of Success" next week when we're all back in the
office, things are more settled and we have time to ponder
the things that make life work out well. See you then!

3:  Eight Life Lessons that Make a Difference 

This will go out the day after Christmas, and I wanted to
share a few of the most important Life Lessons that have
made a difference for me. Sometimes it takes a while but
I have learned a few things, and when I remember to use
them, they make life better. Over the years, we do begin
to figure things out, and knowing the "rules" sure makes
life easier!

Which leads to my first Big Truth: we just have to learn
some things for ourselves. I've read lots of books, studied
with smart people, and been given great advice.
Unfortunately, in the eagerness of youth, I chose to ignore
most of it. It takes time to figure life out and other
people's advice doesn't always fit, and that's ok. Give
yourself some time and a bit of slack. You don't have to
get the hang of this all at once.

Second, some lessons have to be learned more than once. If
only I had a nickel for everytime I've made a mistake,
learned from it, then done the same thing all over again!
(I take some comfort in noticing that other people do this,
too.) Humans are smart, but we aren't as smart as we think
we are. And, we have short memories. Fortunately, we're
allowed more than one mistake! Get over it.

Third, flexibility is more important than power. People who
are hopeful, cheerful, and creative also tend to be
optimistic and happy. Too often, strong-willed people are
just stubborn. I'd rather be optimistic, eager and creative
than "determined." I finally learned this truth: "If at
first you don't succeed, try, try again - then move on."

Fourth, curiosity is more valuable than talent. Talented
people take offense at this, but little kids taught me this
one. The eager kids with the big eyes and restless
questions always seem to figure stuff out. The bright kids
usually get better grades, but they don't have as many
adventures or good stories to tell. In life, go for the

Fifth, doing stuff is more important than knowing stuff. I
loved school and earned three Masters and a Doctorate, so I
obviously believe that knowing stuff is important, but life
must be LIVED, not studied. People who take risks, try
things, build or invent stuff, make mistakes, and create
memories are the people who live the "good life". Get in
the game!

Sixth, people are more important than things. Sure, all you
wise folks are going, "Duh!", but this one takes a while
for most of us to really absorb. As kids, we want new toys,
as adults we need new cars, or whatever. It's not until
later that we realize memories and success come from
people. Adventure and delight and joy come from our
relationships with people. Stuff just clutters up our
attics and our lives.

Seventh, opportunity is more fun than success. We need a
challenge, we need to grow, stretch, look over the horizon,
and explore the next frontier. Every level of success is a
foundation for the "next big thing." Highly successful,
creative and energetic people enjoy life's big challenges;
the rest of us just sit with our problems.

And finally, what we contribute is more meaningful than
what we get. This may be consistent with some great
religious or spiritual tradition, but mostly it's just
practical. Creating and building is simply more rewarding
than consuming and throwing stuff away. Leaving footprints
that others can follow, being kind or generous, mentoring,
or opening a door for someone, is simply more fun than
collecting stuff.

There are lots of collections of life lessons and "rules"
for making life work out well. My guess is that we all have
to find our own path, find our own rules, and word them in
our own way so that they truly work for us. The key is to
find the principles, the "rules" that DO work for you.

My Holiday wish is that in 2005 we make this world a happier,
more peaceful, and more fulfilling place for all of us.
This particular planet is too small for us to not get along.
For all our differences, we're in this thing together so
let's make it work!

Here's to a prosperous, peaceful, and joyful Holiday and
New Year!

4. Quotes of the Week

"In our daily lives, we must see that it is not happiness
that makes us grateful, but the gratefulness that makes us happy."
                                              -- Albert Clarke

"Life was meant to be lived and curiosity must be kept alive.
One must never, for whatever reason, turn one's back on life."
                                              -- Eleanor Roosevelt

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be
seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart."
                                              -- Helen Keller

"He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often,
and loved much."
                                              -- Bessie Anderson Stanley

5. Strictly Business:   The One-Minute End-Of-Year Check-Up

It's Christmas Day, and the few of us who are going to work
wish we weren't, so let's make this quick: What one thing
do you NEED to improve your business in 2005?

This is not an essay question and there's no trick.

Every business owner, manager or professional intuitively
knows the one thing that frustrates, disappoints or annoys
them about their business. It may be as big as needing a
whole new marketing plan, or as small as a door that
sticks. Maybe you need a new assistant, or to up-grade your
software. It might be time away to get organized, or for a
personal retreat. It might be time to hire a coach, or for
something as simple as new shelves.

Whatever pops into your head, trust yourself!

What one thing would you like to up-grade or eliminate this

Don't try to "figure it out." Trust your instincts and jot
down your answer.

Now, go home, enjoy the weekend, have some eggnog and watch
the football games on television, but when you get back in
the office next week, pick up this note and promise
yourself - whatever else goes on - this ONE THING WILL

You business will be better for it, and that's a promise.

Happy New Year!

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a structure and plan for getting things done. And, as a
team, the cost is low while the opportunity to get exactly
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The name of the group says it all: T-ogether E-veryone A-
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I can't think of a better way to start the year! Set your
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         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,
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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
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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
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7. Humor:    Joys of Parenting

To anyone who has children in their lives, whether your
own, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, or students, here
is something to make you chuckle. Whenever your children
are out of control, you can take comfort from the thought
that even God's omnipotence did not extend to managing children.

After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing he said was, "Don't."

"Don't what?" Adam replied.

"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.

"Forbidden fruit? We have forbidden fruit? Hey, Eve...
we have forbidden fruit!"

"No way!"

"Yes, way!"

"Do NOT eat the fruit!" said God.


"Because I am your Father and I said so!" God replied,
(wondering why He hadn't stopped creation after making the

A few minutes later, God saw His children eating a
forbidden apple and He was ticked!

"Didn't I tell you not to eat the fruit?" God asked?

"Uh huh," Adam replied.

"Then why did you?" asked the Father.

"I don't know," said Eve.

"She started it!" Adam said,

"Did not!"

"Did too!"


Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was
that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.

Thus, the pattern was set and it has never changed!


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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