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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
Do We Have Enough Yet? 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:  Excellence vs. Perfection   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Famous Signs

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Have you had a summer yet? Have you taken the kids to the
beach, climbed a mountain or played baseball? Have you
read a book in the shade or gone fishing? How's your golf
game? How about a nap in a hammock, or reading the Sunday
paper (including the comics) as a family? Have you had a
summer yet?

2. Welcome Notes

This week two people told me an astonishing (and hopefully,
mistaken) statistic that in recent months books on tape or
CD have out-sold traditional paper books. While I love
listening to audio programs in the car or when I exercise,
the thought that we don't have time to actually sit and
read seems incredibly sad.

Many years ago, Bruce Thielman told me that a pastor who
doesn't read at least one book a week was cheating his (or
her) congregation, and I think the same applies to those of
us who teach, coach or consult. How can we hope to keep up
if we are not reading the best material? Before you hire a
coach, ask them about the most recent three or four books
they've read! That could lead to a great discussion!

Of course, audio programs, videos and live conferences are
important, but there's something wonderful about old-fashioned,
ink-and-paper books. The winners in life have always been
readers, and I don't think that will change any time soon.

NOTE: If you would like summaries and recommendations from
the books I read, simply subscribe to my BEST BOOKS
newsletter. I hope you'll sign up at:

Finally, my own book, "Alive, Awake and Aware," is now
available and the response has been fantastic! If you would
like a copy, I invite you to buy it (and have it autographed!)

And, on the fun side, don't forget that next weekend is our
Labor Day celebration here in the U.S. Be sure you and your
loved ones use the excuse to go have some fun!

3:  Do We Have Enough Yet? 

It's the last week of August already! My nieces and nephews
have all gone back to school (it seems too early!) and I
notice that our Oak trees are drying up and getting ready
for fall. So, the question is: Have you had a summer yet?

This week I've been focused on how quickly life passes, and
thinking about the things we will do "some day," as if the
future will magically be more luxurious than the present.
While we can all hope that "some day" things will be more
relaxed and less stressful, I have my doubts.

I recall John Lennon's observation that, "Life is what
happens while you are making other plans" and the oft-
quoted comment that, at the end of life, "no one ever said,
'I sure wish I'd spent more time at the office'." My
belief is that, as a culture, we do too much!

I think there's a useful distinction between ambition and
greed, or between desire and addiction. These may not be
formal distinctions, but I hope you'll bear with me for a

Ambition and desire, it seems to me, encourage us to be
active, curious, creative and productive. I'm saying that
ambition and desire are not just "good," they are GREAT!
They keep us moving forward, they encourage us to invent
and build, and that's the story of achievement and

Greed and addiction, however, keep us working long after
the necessity for hard work is over. Greed not only works
us (literally) to death, it prevents us from enjoying the
fruits of our labor along the way. How tragic is that!

Imagine being among the wealthiest people in all of
history, having access to education, travel, medicine,
transportation and entertainment that is the envy of the
world -- and not being able to enjoy it because we want
"more!" Isn't that where some of us find ourselves?

Now, I know it's a delicate and very personal thing. Anyone
who's ever had children, started a business or committed to
any of the other "big things" in life knows how many hours
are required. For many years, I put in 50-80 hours a week,
working full-time while going to graduate school. Trust me,
I remember those long days and sleepless nights! Some things
are important and they require all the time and hard work we
can muster.

So it's not easy to cut back. I understand that. But the
thought of not having time to read, or to exercise, or play
with our children is too high a price to pay for "just a
little bit more." I'm convinced that, as a society, we have
become "addicted" to busy-ness and have succumbed to "greed"
too easily.

I come back to my question, "Have you had a summer yet?"
Have you taken the kids to the beach, climbed a mountain or
played baseball? Have you read a book in the shade or gone
fishing? How about a nap in a hammock, or reading the
Sunday paper (including the comics) as a family?

In my book, "Alive, Awake and Aware," I talk a lot about
making life better, and while that obviously includes
achieving our goals and creating a legacy, it's also about
slowing down, enjoying each day, and spending time with
loved ones. If you'd like more information (and tools, tips
and practical suggestions) please read my book -- or if you
prefer, listen to the CD's. It's at:

4. Quotes of the Week

"Every man dies. Not every man truly lives."
                                        -- Braveheart

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

"We are all pencils in the hand of a writing God, who is
sending love letters to the world."
                                        -- Mother Teresa

"Accept the pain, cherish the joys, resolve the regrets;
then can come the best of benedictions -- "If I had my life
to live over, I'd do it all the same"."
                                        -- Joan McIntosh

5. Strictly Business:   Excellence vs. Perfection

This week I had a long conversation with a brilliant young
woman who, by all reasonable measures, ought be a fantastic
business leader. She's strong, insightful, motivated, and
ambitious. She's what Mary Foley would call, "Bodacious!"
(See her book, below, in the Resources section.)

And yet, she struggles. She's started a dozen businesses,
but none have been really successful and she filed
bankruptcy after one of them failed. She's written elegant
business plans, consulted great coaches and mentors, taken
all the classes, so what's wrong?

She's "too perfect by half!"

Or, to be accurate, she wants a level of perfection that
keeps her from getting the job done! She analyses every
angle, develops every idea, and pursues every opportunity
until she's exhausted. But, in the process, she doesn't
make any SALES! Her businesses don't make money! And, even
worse, they don't truly serve anyone. They don't serve her
as an entrepreneur, they don't serve her employees (no job
security!), and they don't serve her customers.

There's a great quote that's been attributed to Brian
Tracy, Jim Rohn and others: "Ready, Fire, Aim!" At some
point in business, we have to say it's "good enough" and
take action.

At some point, we have to settle for "excellence" and go
for it! I'm not talking about being sloppy or settling for
mediocrity, but in most cases, excellence is good enough.
Particularly if we are willing to fix our mistakes, learn
from them and seek constant improvement, excellence is good

Perfection is the enemy of success.

If you would like coaching to improve your bottom line, to
expand your business and improve your performance, contact
me. Take action! Let's explore the possibilities and move
forward. My email is: and I look
forward to hearing from you!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    Alive, Awake and Aware!
        My new book and Audio Program

This is the book and audio program I've wanted to create
for the past several years. Every one can recall a time
when a new piece of information or advice has created
instant change in our lives. But then there are all the
things that never seem to change, no matter how hard we try.

After 25 years of studying highly successful people, I
finally wrote this book. I argue that effective, instant
change comes in three steps. The inner circle is self-
awareness or self-knowledge. When we are clear about who we
are and what we REALLY want, change is easier. The second
circle is effective support from our intimate community,
the people we spend time with every day. Finally, change
must make sense "out there" in the larger world where we
work and play.

After 25 years, I've written what I believe is the "recipe"
for a great life. I've tried to take the key ideas, the
most fruitful "seeds" from thousands of books and
interviews with hundreds of happy, successful people and
put them in one place so YOU can learn, benefit and APPLY
the information immediately.

And, it's available in both book form and in a series of
audio CD's. Get it at:

#2     Bodacious Woman!
         And Incredible Book For All Women (And Men)
         Special 25% Discount for TIPS Subscribers

This is a wonderful, fun, inspiring little book that is a
"must read" for both women and men. I thought so highly of
it that I bought and mailed copies to four of my clients as
soon as I could get my hands on them, then I mailed copies
to all eight of my nieces. You've got to read this!

But, why? The answer is simple: You can't get along in this
world by being "nice" (read: "timid"), or by refusing to go
for what you want in life. Foley's honesty is vibrant and
refreshing. Her examples ring so true and so familiar that
you can't help seeing yourself (and women you love) on
every page. There is power in this little book!

Success is always an "inside job." It starts with telling
our truth, being clear about who we are and what we want in
life. To the women who read this review, I say, "Just buy
it!" To the men who read this, I say, "Just buy it, read it
(under the covers with a flashlight if you have to), then
give it to the woman in your life." It's that good.

You can get it at, but here's a MUCH BETTER
deal: I contacted Mary's publicist, Barbara Keddy, and got
a heck of a deal for you. Use this link and you'll get 25%
off the price of the book, you'll get Mary's newsletter
(cancel any time if you don't like it) and you'll get an
invitation to her "Bodacious Women's Club" (at a $5 trial
price - can't beat that with a stick!). Check it out, buy
the book, and enjoy:

#3     Think Right Now!
         The Best Tools for Personal Growth I've Found!

Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, 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:    Famous Signs

My good friend, Kristie Tamsavicius from Chicago sent me
these great signs, supposedly from actual businesses. I
love the creativity people have! I hope they give you a
chuckle, and if you need website design or a make-over,
check out Kristie's great work at

On a Septic Tank Truck in Oregon:
"Yesterday's Meals on Wheels"

On a Septic Tank Truck sign:
"We're #1 in the #2 business."

At a Proctologist's office
"To expedite your visit please back in."

On a Plumber's truck:
"We repair what your husband fixed."

On a Plumber's truck:
"Don't sleep with a drip. Call your plumber"

Pizza Shop Slogan:
"7 days without pizza makes one weak."

At a Tire Shop in Milwaukee:
"Invite us to your next blowout."

On a Plastic Surgeon's Office door:
"Let us pick your nose."

At a Towing company:
"We don't charge an arm and a leg. We want tows."

On an Electrician's truck:
"Let us remove your shorts."

In a Nonsmoking Area:
"If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire
and take appropriate action."

On a Maternity Room door:
"Push. Push. Push."

At an Optometrist's Office
"If you don't see what you're looking for,
you've come to the right place."

On a Taxidermist's window:
"We really know our stuff."

In a Podiatrist's office:
"Time wounds all heels."

On a Fence:
"Salesmen welcome! Dog food is expensive."

At a Car Dealership:
"The best way to get back on your feet--
miss a car payment."

Outside a Muffler Shop:
"No appointment necessary. We hear you coming."

In a Veterinarian's waiting room:
"Be back in 5 minutes. Sit! Stay!"

At the Electric Company:
"We would be delighted if you send in your payment.
However, if you don't, you will be."

In a Restaurant window:
"Don't stand there and be hungry,
Come on in and get fed up."

In the front yard of a Funeral Home:
"Drive carefully. We'll wait"

At a Propane Filling Station,
"Thank heaven for little grills."

And . . .Don't forget the Chicago Radiator Shop:
"Best place in town to take a leak."


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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