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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, June 19, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Where Do You Think You're Going? 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Learned Anything New?   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Why Men Are Happier

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Surround yourself with people and books and activities and
events that move you toward your ultimate goals. You
probably won't get there in a day, or even in a year, but
it's essential that you keep going. So, here's a key question,
"Where do you think you're going in life?" Whatever your
ultimate destination, whatever your dream, think about it
all day long, every day, until one day you wake up to
discover you've arrived.

2. Welcome Notes

This week, a tremendous field of daisies appeared neared
where Cody and I walk every morning. A few years ago,
someone cleared space to build a home in the woods below
the road, then abandoned the project, leaving the open
ground. Most of the time, the clearing is invisible, hidden
by trees and not of much interest. Then, this week that
"invisible potential" suddenly bloomed with thousands of

I love it when that happens! You just never know where
beauty is going to burst out. I'm always impressed with the
hidden potential in nature, and in each of us. This morning
as I stood looking at those thousands of flowers, all
showing off "just for me" I wondered how much untapped
potential, how many "seeds" are still inside me, waiting to
bloom. What a wonderful way to start the morning!

Finally, once again I want to express my excitement at the
speaking invitations that have come in this week. Recently,
I realized I hadn't written about my desire for more
speaking engagements, so I requested invitations and have
been amazed at the number and variety! I hadn't appreciated
how many companies, organizations and even small groups
would like me to speak or present a workshop for them, and
it's very exciting.

One of my goals is to touch 100,000 people per year and I
love developing specific, customized presentations that
help people clarify their values, define their goals and
develop powerful strategies for achievement. If you'd like
me to speak to your group, drop me an email and let's make
it happen. Contact me at:

3:  Where Do You Think You're Going? 

This week I've been reading Conrad Black's extraordinary
biography of Franklin Roosevelt. The thing is massive (over
1300 pages!) but so well written it goes fast and gives a
rich picture of this incredible man.

Obviously, there are many things to learn from Roosevelt,
but what stands out for me is that he knew where he was
going in life.

So many of us never figure that out. Even when he didn't
have a clue how to solve the challenges of the Great
Depression, he never doubted his long-term direction in
life. When polio robbed him of his health and threatened
his life, he never doubted his long-term direction. Can you
say as much?

What is the "big idea" in your life? What's the ultimate
destination for you? Whether you call it your purpose or
mission, or refer to it as your goal or use some other
label, I'm convinced that knowing what we truly want in
life is essential. Without a vision, or "north star" or
major dream, I think we waste too much time wandering
around. We feel "lost" or confused. We try things but
eventually our enthusiasm wanes and we end up "starting

That was not a problem for FDR. Now, obviously he had flaws
and it wouldn't surprise me if as many TIPS readers dislike
him as admire him. We can disagree over his politics, his
values, his behavior and so forth. But so what?

We can still learn from his sense of purpose.

His life took many detours, most notably because of his
polio. He was reluctant to run for Governor of New York in
1928, and his personal finances and his family life were
often a mess, but through it all he kept his eyes on the
prize. He aimed to become President because he saw it as
his destiny. He worked for it and he never flinched.

What is the theme, the focus, the challenge of your life?
What is your destiny?

Many of us say we "don't know" but I think, deep inside,
most of us do know. What we lack is not the "knowing" but
the commitment and a strategy for getting there. Without a
sense of "how to do it" we are easily discouraged. We get
lost or distracted in the busy-ness of daily life.

Don't do that!

You have a purpose. Dig deep to discover (or recover) your
dream and find ways to move in the direction of your most
important priorities. The path is unlikely to be straight
or easy, but it's critical that you keep going.

In life, we get pretty much what we think about all day
long. In the long run, we get what we expect; we end up
where we are headed. In our daily lives, it's critical that
we are clear about our direction and that we keep going.
"Inch by inch, any thing's a cinch."

Surround yourself with people and books and activities and
events that move you toward your ultimate goals. You
probably won't get there in a day, or even in a year, but
it's essential that you keep going. So, here's a key
question, "Where do you think you're going in life?"
Whatever your ultimate destination, whatever your dream,
think about it all day, every day, until one day you get to
move into your personal version of the White House.

4. Quotes of the Week

"A day will never be anymore than what you make of it.
Practice being a 'doer'!"
                                             -- Josh S. Hinds

"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a
sundial in the shade?"
                                             -- Ben Franklin

"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
                                             -- Walt Disney

"When you're going through hell, keep going!"
                                             -- Winston Churchill

5. Strictly Business:   Learned Anything New?

We constantly hear that we live in the information age and
that what you know and who you know are the twin paths to
success. I believe that, and yet I'm constantly amazed at
how little responsibility people take for up-grading their

This week, I learned that the garage where I take my car
requires their employees to spend more hours (and more
dollars) per year on continuing education than most states
require for doctors, lawyers, or other professionals. Think
about that the next time you take your car in for
repairs-or the next time you talk with your physician!

I try to "practice what I preach" and this week I'm flying
across the country to spend 3 days with friends and
colleagues to learn more about doing business online. We'll
look at best practices for marketing, for attracting
traffic to our websites, and for cross-promoting each
other. We'll have plenty of time for networking and having
fun, but the key is that twice a year, we are committed to
learning to build our businesses by doing our jobs better.

Periodically I hear frightening accounts of how few books
the average person reads, or how few classes they take
after they leave school. I remember once hearing a friend
say that if her employer wanted her to get more education,
"they'll have to pay me for it." What a tragic attitude!

Increasingly the keys to success are being able to do more,
and do it quicker and better than your competition, and
most of the time that means KNOWING more than the next
person. It means knowing more about language and culture,
knowing more about your industry and having better
contacts. It means knowing HOW to learn, and using that
knowledge to your advantage.

As Brian Tracy has said for years, read the books. Attend
the seminars. Take the classes and expand your world. Jim
Rohn puts it this way: "Work harder on yourself than you do
on your job."

To "work less and earn more" you've got to know more than
your competitors. This week, sign up for at least one
seminar. Check a book out of the library. Sow the seeds for
your future.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    Start (and Profit from) Your Own Ezine
        Reach Prospects, Make Sales, Build Your Brand
        Ezines Made Easy!

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
TIPS into one of the largest coaching newsletters in the
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
shows you every step of the way. You get a ring-binder of
amazing info, stuff I hadn't figured out in 9 years! You
get hundreds of time-saving tips and resources to market
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
it! You can get a FREE initial tape to sample the program,
and for goodness sake, sign up for their free newsletter!
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
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!

#4     Got a Website?
         Earn Passive Income!

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:    Why Men Are Happier

The following quips about men and happiness have been
around for a long time, and in the past I've resisted
sending them along. I know some women and some men will
take exception, but when Bill Barrows sent them this week
they made me laugh right out loud. I hope you enjoy them.
And if you don't, I'll try again next week.

A few observations about why men find it so easy to be
happy (what else would you expect of such simple creatures?):

Your last name stays put.

The garage is all yours.

Wedding plans take care of themselves.

Chocolate is just another snack.

You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park.

You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth.

Same work, more pay. (Less work, more pay?)

Wrinkles add character.

Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental $100.

People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them.

The occasional well-rendered belch is practically expected

New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase.

You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack.

Three pairs of shoes are more than enough.

You almost never have strap problems in public.

You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes.

The same hairstyle lasts for decades.

You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life.

One wallet and one pair of shoes, one color, for all seasons.

You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife.

You can do Christmas shopping on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.


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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