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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, May 22, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Living The Good Life 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Investing for Success   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Gems From Will Rogers

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The "good life" is still about love and friends, about
integrity, about meaningful work and enjoying the fruits of
our labor. Whether or not you admire Martha Stewart or find
my examples helpful is not important! The KEY is finding
your own path to the "good life." As I told the World Class
Life participants, this is your one and only life. This is
"your turn." Live well. Don't blow it.

2. Welcome Notes

This has been a remarkable week. After last week's World
Class Life Conference(tm), Mary and I got to spend 5 days
together reading, writing, holding hands and exploring one
of the world's first-class retreat centers. We sat in 100
year-old tea houses built by one of the wealthiest women of
the 19th century. We walked along the water-front, slept
in, ate well, and laughed often.

Now, obviously they charged us for our room, meals and a
few "treats," but the cost was remarkably low. First, our
needs are pretty simple, and secondly the Conference Center
prices are reasonable. But most importantly, Mother Nature
said there was "no charge" for the blue sky, gentle
breezes, and spring flowers! What a find!

Why do I tell you this? To remind every TIPS subscriber to
take a loved one and go find a beach this week. Go find a
park and feed the pigeons. Go find a country road and ride
your bikes. Go find a 5-star restaurant for a great meal,
or just order a cup of tea. Have fun! Life's short and you
deserve great memories. "Just do it!"

Secondly, while every participant in the WCL gave me
incredible gifts and memories, I want to thank two very
special people. First, Pat Zulkosky painted a magnificent
piece of original art and gave it to me at the Conference.
It's beautiful and I am deeply grateful. Then, at the end
of the Conference a surgeon from California, Herman Schoen,
helped me wind down with some quiet conversation by the
lake. Thanks, Herman!

3:  Living The Good Life 

Years ago, I heard a story that when he had more money than
anyone on earth, J. Paul Getty received a letter from his
brother that began, "From the Richest Man in the World, to
The Wealthiest." Here's a question, would you rather be
rich or wealthy?

I know I'm playing word-games, but my answer is that I want
to be rich! Like "rich" chocolate or "rich" coffee, I want
a life that is rich and full, and that includes all the
money I can honestly earn. If I had to choose, it's more
important to me to be rich than merely wealthy, and this
week I was reminded of how rich I really am!

Mary and I walked trails we did not build. We ate in
restaurants we did not create, and we ate foods we wouldn't
know how to prepare. We held hands and we laughed at silly
jokes. We reviewed the evaluations from the World Class
Life Conference and reveled in the loving comments of
friends who were strangers only days earlier. We walked a
golf course we did not build, and enjoyed sunsets that took
our breath away.

Martha Stewart is one of my heroes. I know people make fun
of her. And, I really wish she hadn't sold that stock when
she did, whether it was legal or not because it makes her
look greedy.

But one thing Martha knows is the value of "living well."
It does not require money to surround yourself with beauty.
It does not require money to enjoy life and live well.

One of the great paradoxes of modern life is that we have
more "stuff" than ever, but we live with more clutter, more
stress, and too often, we are not happy!

We fill our lives with hectic schedules. We fill our
offices with files and papers and books and magazines until
we dread going to work. We fill our garages with last
year's toys and park our cars outside! We fill our
refrigerators with so much food that we eat too much, then
"can't find time" to exercise!

I am convinced that one of the keys to a "rich" life is
simplicity. Over 150 years ago, Henry Thoreau recommended,
"simplify, simplify, simplify."

Here are two personal examples. Copy them if they happen to
apply in your situation, otherwise use them as inspiration
to find your own more appropriate solutions:

1. At home, Mary and I find it "hard" to avoid television.
We don't watch "too much" but we watch the news and our
favorite shows and it's "hard" to turn it off. The thing
clutters our lives. But this week there were more
interesting things to do and the TV never caught our
attention. Fill your life with fascinating people, places
and things. Practice being a "do-er" rather than a "watch-er."

2. At home, I check email all day long and take my cell
phone everywhere. This week, I checked email once or twice
a day and left my phone in the room, and guess what? The
world did not end! I had more time and a richer life, and
my business, my friends and my life endured just fine. Set
boundaries. Protect your privacy. Choose peace.

We live in an age when money and prestige and the trappings
of success have become more important than ever. We live in
an era when we can earn more, have more, and do more than
ever, and the temptation is to lust after all those things.
The "good life" however has not changed.

The "good life" is still about love and friends, about
integrity, about meaningful work and enjoying the fruits of
our labor. Whether or not you admire Martha Stewart or find
my particular examples helpful is not important! The key is
finding your own path to the "good life." As I told the
World Class Life participants, this is your one and only
life. This is "your turn." Live well. Don't blow it.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Better than a thousand useless words is one single word
that gives peace."
                                                     -- Buddha

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
                                                     -- Anne Frank

"I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief
duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble."
                                                     -- Helen Keller

"Somewhere along the line we discover who we really are,
and then make our real decisions for which we are
responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself
because you can never really live anyone else's life."
                                                     -- Eleanor Roosevelt

5. Strictly Business:   Investing for Success

I recently read Thomas Friedman's new book, "The World Is
Flat" (which is excellent) and one of the things he hits
hard is the need to do business in the "real" world, the
way the world and the markets are today. Too often, we try
to do business the way things were "in the old days" or
even last month when we designed our new marketing
campaign. It doesn't work out well.

The Conference Center at Green Lake is a good example. For
40 years they had a great thing. They had a steady, loyal
customer base, a tremendous physical plant, and a marketing
engine that ran on auto-pilot. Then things changed.

In the 1980's their demographics changed. Their physical
plant was aging and no longer suited the new customer base.
Their customers suddenly wanted more "impressive" locations,
and they had no installed marketing systems to replace those
lost customers. They nearly went under.

They tell me the secret of their success was two-fold:

1. They invested in new accommodations and technology.
They up-dated the guest rooms, added another golf
course, and began marketing aggressively to both their
traditional customers (never forget your base!) and to
organizations and groups they had never considered before.

2. They "installed" a new attitude! They had always been
friendly, but they began making sure every guest (every
single, particular guest) was treated graciously. It required
new training, and new incentives, and it worked.

One small example: they added a shuttle service from the
nearest airport. For the cost of one van and a part-time
driver, they added thousands of visitors per year!

Most of you run much smaller enterprises, but what are the
comparisons in your business? Where do you need to up-
grade? How can you genuinely demonstrate that your
customers are "king?" New marketing materials, new
technology, and new attitudes can make all the difference.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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This is one of the very few books that are so powerful and
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7. Humor:    Gems From Will Rogers

Paul Vogt sends me lots of humor and always gives me a good
chuckle. This week he sent this collection of quotes from
Will Rogers, who died in a plane crash with Wylie Post in
1935, and was probably the greatest (and wisest) political sage
and humorist America has ever known. I hope they give you a
good laugh and some things to ponder. Thanks, Paul!

1. Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are 2 theories to arguing with a woman...neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half
and put it back in your pocket.

8. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that
comes from bad judgment.

9. If you're riding' ahead of the herd, take a look back
every now and then to make sure it's still there.

10. Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n
puttin' it back in.

11. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so
good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came
along and shot him. The moral: When you're full of bull,
keep your mouth shut.


First -- Eventually you will reach a point when you stop
lying about your age and start bragging about it.

Second -- The older we get, the fewer things seem worth
waiting in line for.

Third -- Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not
me, I want people to know why I look this way. I've
traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.

Fourth -- You know you are getting old when everything
either dries up or leaks.

Fifth -- One must wait until evening to see how splendid
the day has been.

Sixth -- Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.

Seventh -- Long ago when men cursed and beat the ground
with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.

And finally -- If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you
won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.


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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