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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
From Surviving to Thriving In A World Of Change  
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   The Joy of Budgets   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Key Phrases in Letters of Recommendation

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Our world is infatuated with anything "new" or "improved"
and that's not going to change. What you can control is
your response to change. Master it! Learn skills for
evaluating change. Learn to "respond" rather than merely
"reacting." Use change and growth and transformation to
your advantage rather than merely trying to hang on and
endure! In 2006, make change (and growth!) your friend. Use
it to your advantage.

2. Welcome Notes

The past few weeks I've been changing the format of TIPS,
using a bit of color, bold type and links, and people have
noticed! A number of you have sent nice emails that it's
easier to read and more attractive.

My primary objective in doing TIPS is to give you great
material. I want each issue to give you great ideas, bit of
motivation and even entertain you. It's nice to know we're
accomplishing that!

The second objective is to share great resources and tools
with you. While anyone who publishes a fr^ee newsletter
knows it's primarily a "labor of love," it's also nice when
I can share a great program, book or tool with you.
Hopefully it's helpful for you, and so, about once a month
I send a "special" issue devoted to a resource you may want
to know about.

And in that light, I sure hope you took advantage of Dr
Michael Norwood's book, The Wealthy Soul, this week! His 3-
book gift-pack is beautifully packaged and the information
is amazing! Be sure to check the comments from readers and
order a set for yourself, and perhaps several as gifts.
(One woman ordered 15 sets!) I loved it, and I can't think
of a better gift for a student or young adult! Check it out

3:  From Surviving to Thriving in A World of Change 

This week I did a training for the local electric utility
on the skills and resources for thriving in a world of
constant change.

What struck me is that I never thought about a utility
having to cope with "too much change!" It's not like we're
going to stop using electricity or their customers are all
going to a competitor! They dam a river that's been around
for a million years, they make electricity, send it through
the power grid and bill their customers. How stable is

Yet even the electric utility industry is swamped by
change. People come and go. Regulations, standards and new
software over-whelm them. And of course, there is
competition from other energy sources, so even in the
stable world of electric energy, the stress is enormous.

How about in your world?

Constant change both thrills and threatens us. We love the
new opportunities, but too often we end up running as fast
as we can just to stay even. New competitors, new tools and
new skills challenge us every week. I'm typing this on my
brand new laptop and I love it! But it's taken me three
days just to configure the stupid thing, and it still
doesn't "look and feel" quite right! Change is the constant
in our world.

Here's the thing: We want to grow and develop! We want new
tools, new adventures and new resources. Most of the time,
we welcome change with open arms. But, sometimes it's just
too much. We've become infatuated with anything "new"
whether it enriches our lives or not.

Sometimes the "old" is good enough. Sometimes the familiar
is more comfortable and actually more effective. I have a
friend who uses an old-fashioned slide-rule partly for the
nostalgia, but also because it's faster than doing
calculations on his computer. Sometimes, the old is good.

Here are three suggestions for thriving on change:

1. Maintain lots of "personal bandwidth." That means
taking superb care of yourself! People who are happy,
healthy and rested simply do better than people who are
tired, hungry, stressed or worried. Practice extreme self-
care. Maintain your personal bandwidth.

2. Celebrate the Big Picture. Know what's going on and
understand the context of your world. Remember, some people
lead, other's follow, and some just don't have a clue. Be a
leader! And that means seeing the big picture, knowing
where your world is going, and being out in front.

3. Invest in Tools. Knowledge and skills matter! The more
you know about your industry and what's happening (and
who's leading), the more options you have. Remember,
"leaders are readers." And I love the quote from
Buckminster Fuller: "You can't learn less." NOTE: If you'd
like to read more and better books in 2006, subscribe to my
book-review newsletter at:

Our world is infatuated with anything "new" or "improved"
and that's not going to change. What you can control is
your response to change. Master it! Learn skills for
evaluating change. Learn to "respond" rather than merely
"reacting." Use change and growth and transformation to
your advantage rather than merely trying to hang on and
endure! In 2006, make change (and growth!) your friend. Use
it to your advantage.

4. Quotes of the Week

"He's no failure. He's not dead yet."
                                   -- William Lloyd George

"Each one of us has a fire in our heart for something. It's
our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit."
                                   -- Mary Lou Retton

"Only one thing has to change for us to know happiness in
our lives: where we focus our attention."
                                   -- Greg Anderson

"Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue
over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small
hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in
someone else's hands, but not you."
                                   -- Jim Rohn

5. Strictly Business:   The Joy of Budgets

One of those small moments that transform life happened
several years ago when my accountant made the simple
statement that "Your budget decides the size of your
dreams." At the time, Rick had no idea what that would mean
to me. We were talking about taxes or whatever, and he
threw it out, and we moved on.

But I've never forgotten it.

When I teach my class on personal finances (The Road to
Riches), I often hear people talk about how "hard" it is to
budget at home or at work. Folks, nothing could be further
from the truth!

Done right, budgets are the sexiest, most exciting,
challenging and delightful documents you'll ever read!

Your budget for 2006 tells you how much your business will
grow, and how. Your budget tells you what you will learn,
what equipment or skills you will add. It gives you a
"sneak peak" at your marketing, your new services, your new
office, your new computer, and the world you will enjoy in
the future.

It also simplifies decisions about the things you will not
do. It tells you, in advance, that the car does not need
replacing or that there is no room for that home theater
system (as wonderful as it seems in the store).

Your budget foretells the future. Along with your goals
statement and the calendar on your wall, your budget is a
"crystal ball" that lets you preview and celebrate 2006 in
advance! Think of that! Everyone else has to wait and
wonder and hope. Those poor folks don't get to celebrate in
advance, but you do!

Your budget, both personal and business, describes the size
of your dreams. It provides a glimpse and a map to the
future. Take time to do it right.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1    Nine Insights of The Wealthy Soul
        by Dr Michael Norwood
        A Powerful Book -- A Beautiful Gift

I want to give you a heads-up on a special gift item. This
is one of the BEST books (and gifts) I've come across. I've
gotten to know Michael Norwood slightly since I read his
first book, "The Wealthy Soul" and I'm enormously impressed
with this boxed book set. I've read all three books and I'm
giving them as Christmas presents to friends and family
members, and I urge you to do the same. Get them at:

No one makes the connection between spirituality, attitude,
daily actions and wealth more powerfully than Michael.
You'll cry, laugh, be inspired, and be empowered, and
that's a promise! I make a distinction between being
"wealthy" and being "rich" because I think a full, abundant
life means far more than just having money. I love
prosperity, but I want balance, wonderful relationships and
meaningful work as well. Dr Norwood does a magnificent job
of putting it all together in a fresh and deeply personal
way. Buy a copy for yourself, and at least one copy for a
loved one. This is VERY good stuff! Check it out at:

#2    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!

#3    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!

#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:    Key Phrases in Letters of Recommendation

Ever have to write a letter of recommendation for that
fired employee? Or, ever have to make a decision about
hiring someone you aren't sure about? In his never-ending
desire to be helpful, my friend Bill Barrows forwarded
these key phrases. You never know when they might come in
handy - or serve as fair warning!

Regarding an employee who is chronically absent:
"A man like him is hard to find."
"It seemed her career was just taking off."

For the office drunk:
"I feel his real talent is wasted here."
"We generally found him loaded with work to do."
"Every hour with him was a happy hour."

For an employee with no ambition:
"He could not care less about the number of hours he had to put in."
"You would indeed be fortunate to get this person to work for you."

For an employee who is so unproductive that
the job is better left unfilled:
"I can assure you that no person would be better for the job."

For an employee who is not worth further consideration
as a job candidate:
"I would urge you to waste no time in making this candidate
an offer of employment."
"All in all, I cannot say enough good things about this
candidate or recommend him too highly."

For a stupid employee:
"There is really nothing you can teach a man like him."
"I most enthusiastically recommend this candidate with no
qualifications whatsoever."

For a dishonest employee:
"Her true ability was deceiving."
"He's an unbelievable worker."


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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