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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, June 12, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Value of Adversity 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   Drastic Changes   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Advice From An Old Farmer

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Tough times force us to examine ourselves. They burn out
our weaknesses and flaws, and if viewed correctly, tough
times prepare us for the future. Tough times may make us
stronger. Tough times can force us to grow or change in
ways that "good times" allow us to ignore or cover up.
Tough times force us to discover what we are made of.

2. Welcome Notes

Last week I mentioned how thrilled I've been by some great
speaking opportunities this year, and this week a half
dozen new invitations came my way! How cool is that!? This
newsletter thing really works! From just up the road in
Seattle, to Coratia and England, several fascinating
invitations came in and I'm looking forward to them.

For several years, one of my primary goals has been to
"impact 100,000 people per year" and speaking to
conventions and organizations is one of the tools I enjoy
most. As I wrote last week:

If you'd like me to speak to your organization, just drop
me an email. I like keeping things simple, so just ask! My
focus is on (1) creating a custom presentation that meets
the unique needs of each group, and (2) helping individuals
and groups create the results they truly value. Let's
create and live the lives we truly want! My email is:

3:  The Value of Adversity 

This week, Mary and I watched "The Wilderness Years" video
about Winston Churchill's years as a "back bencher." For
years he suffered defeat after defeat. He was humiliated at
the end of World War I, and spent the years that should
have been the height of his career as a lonely outcast.
He was defeated on "the India question." He was on the
wrong side when Edward abdicated the thrown. He was
ridiculed for his views on Germany and the threat of war.
He was broke and, at one point, nearly lost his home.

The strain tore at his family, and he struggled with the
"black dog" of depression. The men in his family had a
history of dying young and he feared that he, too, would
die a failure and an outcast. He was 65 years old when he
became Prime Minister.

I am convinced that much of the vigor, genius, stubbornness
and resilience that made him such a magnificent leader came
from those lonely years in the "wilderness."

Too often, we forget the value of the "wilderness."

We forget that Abraham Lincoln suffered defeat after
defeat. He struggled with depression, poverty and ridicule.
Ultimately, these experiences gave him the strength, and
the vision, to become America's greatest President.

Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty. She was abused as a
child. Personally, I am convinced that much of her appeal,
and her power, comes from her ability to relate to ordinary
people, particularly people who have suffered as she did.

Now obviously, suffering and rejection are not good things.
We all want to avoid pain.

What is interesting, however, is how we respond when hard
times come our way.

Some people crumble. They see the world as unfair. They see
life as hard. They begin to think that they are "wrong" or
flawed or unfit. At some level, they give up, or give in.

Others, however, hang tough. Like Churchill, they find
reserves they never knew they had. They examine their
beliefs and their strategies, adjusting where they can and
must, and holding firm to the unchanging principles that
guide their lives.

I would never wish adversity on anyone, and yet, without
it, some of us will never know who we truly are. I love the
quote from Nancy Reagan that "a woman is like a tea bag.
You never know how strong she is until you put her in hot
water." I trust that applies to men as well.

Many TIPS readers have known, or are currently enduring,
tough times and I hesitate to offer any easy advice. Tough
times are tough! They are not fun and they are not easy,
and cheap or flippant advice is merely insulting. But tough
times also bring out the best in us.

Tough times force us to examine ourselves. They burn out
our weaknesses and flaws, and if viewed correctly, tough
times prepare us for the future. Tough times may make us
stronger. Tough times can force us to grow or change in
ways that good times allow us to ignore or cover up. Tough
times force us to discover what we are made of.

When adversity comes, and it comes in some measure to each
of us, do not "accept" it! Rail and fight against it!
Resist with all that is in you! But do not resent it.
Learn from it and use it to your advantage.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the
judgment that something else is more important than fear."
                                                 -- Ambrose Redmoon

"Every day that you attempt to see things as they are in
truth Is a supremely successful day."
                                                 -- Vernon Howard

"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to
add, but when there is nothing left to take away."
                                                 -- Antoine de St. Exupery

"One must marry one's feelings to one's beliefs and ideas.
That is probably the only way to achieve a measure of harmony
in one's life."
                                                 -- Etty Hilsum

5. Strictly Business:   Drastic Changes

Occasionally it becomes necessary for business to make
drastic changes. Sometimes it means changes in key
personnel, or marketing strategies. In the past few years,
thousands of companies have wrestled with the "China
question" and many old, traditional companies have moved
manufacturing, sourcing or engineering to that (formerly)
distant land.

Last Monday, the company in question was Apple Computer.

After years of close cooperation with Motorola and IBM, the
financial community was stunned by the news that Apple will
be using Intel chips in the future.

This has huge implications for Apple. First, they have
millions of loyal customers who love the "look and feel"
Apple built on the IBM chips. By switching to Intel, they
risk offending those customers and becoming "just another

Secondly, Apple faces a huge engineering challenge to
convert their systems and software to the new chips. Why
risk it?

Because not changing posed an even greater risk. For many
years, on CD's and in live seminars, I've heard Brian Tracy
ask the question, "Knowing everything you know now, is
there any aspect of your business you would not go into if
you were starting over tomorrow?" He then explains that if
the answer is "yes" the most important thing you can do is
to get out of that part of your business as quickly as

Change is always difficult, but it happens. Business
changes. Entire industries appear, develop and disappear
over time and one of the worst, and most tempting, things
for business (and individuals) is to ignore the
implications. Look at the airline industry. Look at the
American auto industry.

Look at your own business. What are you doing that needs to
change? What are you not doing that you should be? In the
next ten years, what parts of your operation will become
obsolete and need to be replaced?

Plan ahead and be prepared to make drastic changes whenever

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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I am amazed that more TIPS subscribers haven't jumped on
this! For many of you, this is a "newsletter in a box" and
I highly recommend it! Every week I am asked how I've built
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world, and when I can, I like to help. Now, however,
Alexandria Brown has down the work for me - and for you!

Launching a newsletter is easy. I started TIPS in an
afternoon and you can do it, too. Reaching a large audience
and building your newsletter into a business-getting
dynamo, however, is another story. Fortunately, Alex has
put together a remarkable "paint-by-the-numbers" guide that
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amazing info, stuff I hadn't figured out in 9 years! You
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your ezine (most at no cost) that will generate thousands
of subscribers. I wish I had this guide when I was starting
out! This is great material! If you aren't touching base
with your customers in a personal way, you are missing one
of the key tools to build your business! Every
professional, small business and organization needs an
online voice! Buy the guide, follow her advice, and watch
your impact explode!

#2     Achieve Your Goals, Transform Your Life!
         The "Sedona Method"

People ask me how they can "really explode my success and
change my life", and after telling them there is no magic
bullet, I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series
of tapes and workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST
successful, thorough and powerful program for taking charge
of your life that I have ever seen. I wish I had written
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Their simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened
my eyes and was the beginning of a remarkable journey.
Very powerful stuff!

The program is not simple or cheap - you expected a quick
pill? It is comprehensive, orderly, and effective. Both
Mary and I have used it, and it works! Highly recommended!

#3     Think Right Now!
         The Best Tools for Personal Growth 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
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by visualizing their victories in advance with the help of
Mike's programs. These are fantastic, both for yourself and
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#4     Got a Website?
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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
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they let me automate my newsletter, my affiliate programs
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7. Humor:    Advice From An Old Farmer

Once again, Bill Barrow's has come through with some great
chuckles for us! I love this "home spun" wisdom! I hope it
makes you smile and perhaps gives us something to chew on.

* Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance.

* Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.

* A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.

* Words that soak into your ears are whispered...not yelled.

* Meanness don't jes' happen overnight.

* Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.

* It don't take a very big person to carry a grudge.

* You cannot unsay a cruel word.

* Every path has a few puddles.

* When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.

* The best sermons are lived, not preached.

* Most of the stuff people worry about ain't never gonna
   happen anyway.

* Don't judge folks by their relatives.

* Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

* Don't interfere with somethin' that ain't botherin' you none.

* Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.

* If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin'.

* Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.

* The biggest troublemaker you'll probably ever have to
   deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin'.

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

* If you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence,
   try orderin' somebody else's dog around.

* Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly.
   Leave the rest to God.


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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