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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, May 1, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Essential Step to Get Anything You Want 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   Your Winning Team   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Really Serious Points to Ponder

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Here is a great truth about life. The key to getting
anything you want in life is to take action. Take the
smartest, best action you can think of and see what
happens. If you can, hire a mentor or coach to help you.
You might buy (and read!) a how-to-do-it guide, but take
some action! Observe your results, adjust accordingly, and
keep on keeping on.

2. Welcome Notes

I'm writing this on the deck outside my office, listening
to a couple of raucous Blue Jays fight in the trees and
while Mary doesn't appreciate their "song," I think it's
very cool that I can do my work while sitting in the shade,
enjoying the breeze and having a couple wild birds serenade
me. I think of poor Martha Stewart sweating over the
perfect desert in a hot kitchen or Donald Trump fighting
with trade unions in New York, and I figure I've got it
pretty good.

They say the "attitude of gratitude determines your
altitude" and if that's true, I'm soaring pretty high
today. I hope you are, too! May the riches and blessings of
life shower upon you, wherever you are as you read this.

I noticed this will go out on May Day and for millions of
people this is a festival day. Why shouldn't we all
celebrate it? I figure any excuse to have a party is good
enough, so may you have a happy and glorious May Day!

This week I've been putting the final touches on my next
book, an e-book on the systems and "recipes" for achieving
anything you want in life. My goal is to tinker with it
during the World Class Life(tm) Conference in Wisconsin and
publish it about the end of May or first of June. Watch for
it-you won't want to miss it!

Finally, a couple from Arizona and a man from Israel have
discovered they will not be able to attend the WCL as they
planned and that creates 3 last minute openings. I would
guess at least 20 people have written me about "wanting" or
"wishing" or "hoping" they could attend and if that's you,
I would love to have you jump on this opportunity. The
Conference starts in only 12 days, so take action now!

3:  The Essential Step to Get Anything You Want

Almost every week I receive email from people who say they
are stuck or confused or lost and need "help" to achieve
their goals in life. As much as I can, I respond personally
to those emails, sometimes even following up with a phone
call, and this week's TIPS comes from some of those

Now, there are lots of reasons people get frustrated or
struggle in life, but one of the most common is that some
people refuse to get started! Some people have big dreams
but refuse to take the first steps to make them come true.
No wonder they are frustrated and say they have "failed" to
reach their goals!

The truth is that there is almost no real failure in life.
One of Newton's laws says that for every action there is an
effect. Tony Robbins is famous for his observation that
high achievers take massive action, observe their results,
adjust accordingly, and take more action. There is
tremendous power in persistent, determined action!

There is a famous phrase in the Bible that the "truth shall
set you free" and a key truth is that to achieve any goal,
no matter what it is, some action - some effort, some work,
some activity, some physical exertion is required and the
activity must come FIRST! To achieve your goals, action is

And here is a second truth: Often the required action is
simple, easy and obvious. These are the cases that
frustrate me.

Over my years as a success coach, I've had thousands of
conversations with people who want to reach the ordinary
sort of goals that lots of other people have achieved. They
want to save for retirement, start a business, travel the
world, or do something else that (to them) seems difficult,
but in fact has been achieved by lots of other people. The
problem is that they "can't find a way" to take the first
steps toward success.

They hesitate to get started. They "can't" find a way to
save money, or to develop the first draft of a business
plan. Now, I emphasize that I am not making fun of these
people! For them the pain and frustration are very real,
and I understand that. But to achieve success, they must
also understand that the fear is in their own minds.

Often, the first steps are simple, easy and relatively
obvious. The key is to get started, take action, observe
your results, adjust accordingly, and take more action.

And here is a third truth: Most of the actions people take
when they set out to achieve a goal are WRONG! Of course
they are! We learn by trial and error. When we try anything
for the first time, we are bound to make mistakes, but
mistakes are not failures! They are simply the best,
smartest action we could figure out at the time, but
unfortunately they may not give us the results we desired,
so we learn and try again.

Did you fall down when you first tried to walk? Probably.
Were your first attempts at dating clumsy or embarrassing?
Probably. Were your first attempts to use a computer
frustrating? Probably! There is no failure or shame in
that. We try, we learn, and we try again.

This is a truth about life! The key to getting anything you
want in life is to take action. Take the smartest, best
action you can think of and see what happens. If you can,
hire a mentor or coach to help you. You might buy (and
read!) a how-to-do-it guide, but take some action! Observe
your results, adjust accordingly, and keep on keeping on.

4. Quotes of the Week

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is
the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
                                       -- Theodore Roosevelt

"Most of the things worth doing in the world have been
declared impossible before they were attempted."
                                       -- Earl Nightingale

"Opportunities are usually disguised by hard work, so most
people don't recognize them."
                                       -- Ann Landers

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

5. Strictly Business:   Your Winning Team

Periodically I hear the term "solo-preneur" as a way of
describing professionals and micro-business entrepreneurs,
and I appreciate whoever coined the phrase because for many
professionals, it feels like we are in business "solo" - all by
ourselves. The truth, of course, is far different.

Every successful salesperson, doctor, writer, consultant or
entrepreneur works with a huge team of colleagues, and we
do well to recognize the members of our team, whether they
work for us in our own offices, or support us in some less
direct way.

Last November, 14 of us met in Philadelphia to compare
notes about what works to build businesses online, and in
June we are meeting again. Does it cost a few dollars? Of
course it does! But the return on the investment is huge!

This week, invite two or three of your best, brightest and
most successful colleagues to have lunch. Talk about your
situation and give away your best ideas, your best skills,
your best insights. It's a way of building trust and
investing in the relationship so you can, in turn, ask for
their help in building your business. I am a huge believer
in masterminds. I am a huge advocate of winning teams!

If you would like a personal coach to help you build your
business, get one! I have a few openings for the summer,
and there are thousands of highly skilled coaches with
precisely the expertise you need. Find and use a coach!
Every winning team is well-coached and you deserve nothing

If you would like to talk about your situation and see if
we might be a good "fit," send me an email. We'll get
together, interview each other and see where it leads.
Contact me at:

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bullet, I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series
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Their simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened
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Very powerful stuff!

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        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
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this! Top achievers in every field listen to audio
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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor:    Really Serious Points to Ponder

I've always referred to these as "bumper slicker" but then
I noticed a friend calling them "bumper snickers" and I
thought that was an even better phrase. My friend and
frequent humorist, Dolly, sent these my way and I trust
they'll brighten your day and perhaps give you something
really important to ponder this week. Enjoy!

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the
batteries are dead?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they
know there is no money in the account?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four
billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks
when you throw a revolver at him?

Why did Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

What is the speed of darkness?

If you send someone 'Styrofoam', how do you pack it?

If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to
be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?

If it's true that we are here to help others, what are the
others doing here?

Can you cry under water?

How important does a person have to be before they can be
assassinated instead of just murdered?

Why does a round pizza come in a square box?

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out
it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

In fairness, if a deaf person has to go to court, is it
still called a hearing?

Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put
money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?

Why do doctors leave the room while you change? They're
going to see you naked anyway.


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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