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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, September 4, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
In Celebration of Labor 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   Reality Never Lies   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Brain Cramps

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1. The One-Minute TIP

This Labor Day, give thanks for the work you do, and the
difference it makes. Celebrate your contribution to your
community, and our world. And, if you are not doing the
"perfect" job for you, pledge that by next year, you WILL
be doing the right work. You owe it to yourself (life is
short) and to the world. We need your best stuff, your best
effort, your passion and your unique genius.

2. Welcome Notes

First things first--Our hearts and prayers go out to the
thousands of people caught in the destruction caused by
Katrina. To those in the gulf states, our thoughts are with
you. And please turn your thoughts and prayers into
practical support. You can give through the Red Cross or
the charity of your choice, but please be generous. Do what
you can to help.

In a sharp contrast to the destruction in New Orleans, I'm
typing this on a picnic table, in the shade of a giant
Douglas fir by the Pacific ocean. It's my birthday and we
decided to go away for the holiday weekend and life is
very, very good! It all seems so easy and wonderful, it's
easy to forget how fragile and temporary life is.

Wherever you are, remember to give thanks and appreciate
the health, wealth and community we take for granted every
day. Hug your loved ones, or give them a call, and share a
bit of your good fortune with someone who good use a smile,
a kind word, or a helping hand.

Again this week, I want to remind you that my new book,
"Alive, Awake and Aware" is now available and the feedback
has been spectacular. That is extremely gratifying! It's
available both as a book and as a series of interviews on
CD. I invite you to get your autographed copy at:

Finally, the response to last week's article on living the
"good life" was amazing and I appreciate all the wonderful
emails. Thank you! And, because people liked it and
forwarded it, we had a nice surge in new subscribers this
week! Your recommendation is how we grow and anyone can
subscribe by using the form at the top of almost every page
of my website. PLEASE forward TIPS and invite your friends
and colleagues to sign up! They can join us at:

3:  In Celebration of Labor 

In the U.S., this is our "Labor Day" holiday, a time when
we throw a party and do our best to avoid anything that
looks like work. Many will go camping, spend the day at the
beach, go to a ballgame or enjoy a family picnic.

Unfortunately, almost no one will pause to be thankful for
the work they do. Only a very few will take time to honor
and acknowledge the joy of work, and I find that extremely

Most of us believe "work" is something to be avoided, and
we wish for a path to instant wealth, because "then I'd
never work another day the rest of my life". I'm convinced
that's one reason God and the universe make sure most of us
never acquire that kind of instant wealth!

I see work as a great honor and my chance to participate in
the creation of a better world, although I admit there is
both "good" work and "bad" work.

"Bad" work is something for which we are either not suited,
or which we do for the wrong motives. For me, "bad" work
would be trying to earn a living as a musician. My brother
plays cello for the Jacksonville symphony, and for him, it
is the work of the angels. He was blessed with great talent
and he loves it. I, unfortunately, can't carry a tune in a
bucket, and when I was a kid my music lessons were
definitely a great deal of "work" for me, my parents, and
my long-suffering piano teacher.

Doing work for which we are ill-suited, it seems to me, is
a waste because it's so stressful that it borders on the
immoral. Life is meant to be lived, to be joyful, and to be
productive. Doing "work" for which we have little talent or
passion gives honorable work a bad name.

As I see it, work is our chance to partner with God in the
creation of a better, richer, more exciting world. Work is
our opportunity to build, to create, to leave our
footprints in the sands of time. Work is our chance to say,
"I was here, and I made a difference."

As a pastor, Police chaplain, therapist, and member of
various civic groups, I've met wonderful people who
reflected their life's meaning and purpose in their work.
Some were artists in how they drove a delivery truck,
others found joy in Police work, writing, doing therapy, or
in construction. One of my golfing partners loves teaching
high school biology, and it shows in his attitude and in
his student's grades.

Vicki is a server at my favorite coffee shop. She has 3
kids, her husband is a chef, and for whatever reason,
helping a couple hundred people start their day with hot
coffee, a good breakfast and a smile is her calling in
life. She's a treasure, and is loved by hundreds of loyal

One of the wisest things anyone ever said to me is, "Find
something you truly love to do, and you'll never work
another day the rest of your life." This is an essential
point. In our technological age, we have the greatest
freedom in history to find work that is "perfect" for us.

Work is a very personal thing. "Good" work about using your
time, effort, talent and skill to achieve something unique
and magnificent. It's about making a difference. It's about
making your contribution, and making things better.

This Labor Day, give thanks for the work you do, and the
difference it makes. Celebrate your contribution to your
community, and our world. And, if you are not doing the
"perfect" job for you, pledge that by next year, you WILL
be doing the right work. You owe it to yourself (life is
short) and to the world. We need your best stuff, your best
effort, your passion and your unique genius. We need
Vicki's smile at breakfast.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Everyone has a talent. What is rare is the courage to
follow the talent to the dark place where it leads."
                                            -- Erica Jong

"Inspiration grows into full-scale creation through
persistence and imagination."
                                            -- Carol Lloyd

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human
                                            -- Albert Einstein

"Work and play are the same. When you're following your
energy and doing what you want all the time, the
distinction between work and play dissolves."
                                            -- Shakti Gawain

5. Strictly Business:   Reality Never Lies

I recently listened to a tape of coach and author, Laura
Berman Fortgang's speech to the International Coach
Federation in Chicago a couple years ago. In her
presentation, she talked about the fact that reality never lies.

While her focus was on coaching, I immediately connected
her words to the fact that in business, our sales,
productivity, profits and customer satisfaction are ALWAYS
precisely accurate measures of the service we provide.

From the dawn of history, human beings have searched for
bargains. We love great products, at bargain prices. We
love getting the goods or services we need, at a fair
price, delivered on time, and hopefully, with an extra
"bonus." In the words of the old saying, "build a better
mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door."

Because of this, your bank account is an accurate
reflection of the value the world places on your products
and services. The facts and numbers do not lie. They may
contain a message you don't like, or one with which you
disagree, but they do not lie.

To increase your sales and profits, you must increase the
value of your services. Advertising may help in the short-
run. Laying employees off, or hiring "better" people may
help briefly. Cutting costs or raising prices may give the
illusion that things are "better," but illusions never last.

The key to the growth of your enterprise is providing more
value, at a lower price. Fortunately, this is not difficult.
"Value" can be many things, from faster delivery, to larger
quantities, to more pleasing colors. The opportunity to
innovate, add value, and increase sales is endless.

Reality does not lie. Study the numbers, notice where you
can increase value to your customer, and adjust
accordingly. Your financial future depends upon it.

Often, the fastest, easiest and least expensive route to
adding value and improving your bottom line is with the
help of a qualified consultant or coach. Thousands of
entrepreneurs and business leaders have learned that an
extra set of eyes and ears, another perspective, and an
objective point of view can quickly make a huge difference.
If you would like coaching to improve your bottom line,
please contact me. I look forward to talking with you! My
email is:

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:    Brain Cramps

From time to time, we all say really dumb things.
Fortunately, most of the time these aren't recorded for
posterity, but for a few special individuals, their
silliest remarks are preserved for all time. My friend, Pat
Hommel, sent these to me and I couldn't resist sharing
them. They are NOT intended to ridicule any person,
political party or point of view. They are just funny,
silly things that very smart people have said under
pressure. Enjoy them!

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very
important part of your life," --Brooke Shields, during an
interview to become spokesperson for a federal anti-smoking

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my
body," --Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest
crime rates in the country." - former Mayor Marion Barry,
Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our
papers. We are the president." --Hillary Clinton commenting
on the release of documents.

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a
jackass, and I'm just the one to do it," --A congressional
candidate in Texas.

"Half this game is ninety percent mental." --Philadelphia
Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's
the impurities in our air and water that are doing it." --
Al Gore, former Vice President

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix." --
Dan Quayle, former Vice-Presidential candidate

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air
do we need?" --Lee Iacocca

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure." --Bill
Clinton, President

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not
occur." --Al Gore, former Vice President

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective March 1992
because we received notice that you passed away. May God
bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your
circumstances." --Department of Social Services,
Greenville, South Carolina

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not
live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever,
then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever,
which is why I would not live forever," --Miss Alabama in
the 1994 Miss USA contest.


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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