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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, April 2, 2006
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
Welcome Notes
The Four Engines That Power Success 
Quotes of the Week
Strictly Business:   How Ambitious Are You?   
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Humor:   Strange Hospital Chart Notations

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Success is not about luck or lucky genes; it's about
learning appropriate skills, then using them to create the
life you truly want. I've often written that a GREAT life
is actually easier than living a complicated, confusing or
mediocre life, and I'm convinced it's true. Keep it simple.
Keep it focused. Play by the rules and learn to win the
game of life.

2. Welcome Notes

For thousands of American students, this has been "spring
break" and I saw no reason to let them have all the fun, so
Tuesday afternoon, Mary and I played hooky. We rented a
movie, did a little yard work, went to dinner, laughed and
enjoyed ourselves. It was great, cost almost nothing, and
definitely renewed our energy levels. Why do smart people
forget this stuff????

This week, call someone you love and play hooky. Go to the
park, ride a bike, watch a movie, eat a hotdog, do
something that makes you laugh. Remember, one measure of
the "good life" is how much fun you can have! Go for it -
and share it with someone you care about.

Another exciting note are the people registering for our
"Claim Your Power Now" seminars around the country! We're
scheduled in Texas, Illinois, Toronto, NYC, Florida and
Atlanta, so join us! One of my life-long dreams has been to
share the stage with people like Jim Rohn, Bob Proctor, Vic
Johnson and Michael Angier! This is going to be
unforgettable, and I hope you'll join us. Hundreds of
people have signed up for Vic's 5-part series, and I hope
you'll get yours! It's all at:

Finally, we have only a few openings left for my World
Class Life Conference in May, and frankly, I'm surprised it
hasn't filled up already. I keep hearing from people who
"want" to attend but haven't registered yet! There are only
a handful of spots remaining, and if you've been "thinking
about it" - get off your "buts" and take action!

If you wait to work out all the details, check your
schedule or whatever, I fear you'll look back in a week or
two, and find yourself left out until next year. If three
days in a beautiful setting, with skilled, ambitious
people, working with powerful, practical material that can
change you life forever isn't for you, that's fine. But if
you want this, stop procrastinating and make it happen. Get
info and register at:

3:  The Four Engines That Power Success 

Every human being wants to be successful. For many, success
is measured in terms of power, fame or financial income,
while other people measure it in less tangible ways.
Whatever your criteria, I've never met a lazy person, so I
assume you, too, are interested in success. The question
then becomes, "What skills or traits are required for

For many years, social scientists have tried to measure the
"causes" of success, and one of the most frustrating things
as a Coach is the degree to which they have merely confused
the issues. Many people have heard that "successful" people
tend to be taller, prettier, younger or have some other
characteristic over which they have NO control. What these
studies don't tell you is that all these factors combined
account for less than 10% of the "variables" in success!

Race, age, gender, family history, all of that COMBINED
make almost no difference! On the other hand, what's
exciting is that the things that DO make a difference are
almost entirely under your control! That's amazing - and
tremendously hopeful!

What are the things that actually MATTER in long-term
success? Here are some of my key observations from years of
working with unusually successful people:

1. FIRST - Personal stability. High achievers usually live
quiet, structured, almost "boring" lives. They tend to
settle down, have good relationships and mind their own
business. They do not fall victim to addictions, fads or
impulses. There is purpose and structure to their lives.
They get to bed on time, eat well, get a bit of exercise
and pay their bills. The background or "foundation" of
their life does not interfere with achieving their goals.
First, get organized, get a good night's sleep and start
with a good breakfast in the morning. Boring is good!

2. SECOND - Positive Self-Direction. High achievers know
where they're going and how to get there. For most, this
means clear written goals, although many successful people
describe it as an "inner knowing" or "sense of purpose."
Whether it's a list or a vision, successful people know
what they want and permit few (or no!) distractions. They
are not tempted by short-cuts or get-rich-quick schemes.
They have chosen their direction, purpose, goals or themes
in life and like a compass, they always point straight

3. THIRD - Personal Urgency. I am not talking about
impatience or jumpiness. Far from it! Success people have
"all the time in the world." They are patient, persistent,
determined and resilient, but they do not waste time. They
focus on things that make a real difference. They think in
terms of priorities, progress, and action-steps, but they
are not rude about it. They do first things first, and have
a healthy eagerness to move forward.

4. FOURTH - Constant Learning. Successful people are
curious and learn faster than other people. They read more,
ask more questions, take more classes, try more things.
They make mistakes, but rarely make the same mistake twice.
No one is born knowing how to walk, talk - or write
software. Successful people LEARN to invest, invent and
create. They have mentors, MasterMind groups, and coaches.
They know that practical, immediately-useful knowledge is
the key to solving life's problems and achieving their

The most important thing about these "engines" is that they
can be learned! No one is born with a stable life, a sense
of self-direction or urgency! These are habits that each of
us can absorb and master, often with very little trouble.
Success is not about luck or lucky genes; it's about
learning appropriate skills, then using them to create the
life you truly want. I've often written that a GREAT life
is actually easier than living a complicated, confusing or
mediocre life, and I'm convinced it's true. Keep it simple.
Keep it focused. Play by the rules and learn to win the
game of life.

     The real power of the World Class Life Conference
     is that we focus on the basics that do not change,
     the fundamentals that make all the difference. This is
     not about short-term motivation or some "secret." It's
     about winning the game of life. I hope you'll join us!

4. Quotes of the Week

"It only takes one person to change your life - you."
                                      -- Ruth Casey

"God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."
                                      -- Anna Pavlova

"Change cannot be avoided... change provides the
opportunity for innovation. It gives you the chance to
demonstrate your creativity."
                                      -- Felice Jones

"Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard.
Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no
regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is."
                                      -- Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

5. Strictly Business:  How Ambitious Are You? 

This has been a week of stark contrasts when it comes to
productivity and making your fortune - the things we call
"work." The examples that struck me so powerfully have
political over-tones, so I suppose I'll offend some people
politically, but my focus is not politics but the rules or
attitudes of success.

First, here in the U.S., we've been debating the flood of
people who come to America in search of work. We saw
500,000 people marching in Los Angeles, and more in other
cities, and the bulk of the "illegals" risk everything to
get here. Many faced desert heat, winter cold, leaky boats
or whatever. And when they arrive, they mainly want a
chance to work, often doing jobs that would break my back
in half a day!

I'm not talking about whether it's legal or "right" or any
of that - we can argue about that another time - but I am
impressed by their ambition!

The desire for work, for a chance, is a powerful thing!

At the same time, we also saw stories of people rioting in
France for the right not to be fired, and we read about GM
and Delphi and their employees facing economic turmoil.
Again, I'm not taking sides, but I am impressed by
attitudes and expectations.

The world is changing. Economies are expanding, and
contracting. New opportunities open up, while others close
down. The key to success in business is seeing and seizing
new opportunities, and finding a way to serve a customer at
a price they consider a "bargain."

Ambitious people work hard, but they also work smart. They
understand the economic realities around them, and find a
way - even if it means crossing a desert -- to create new
or better products and services at a lower price. How
ambitious are you?

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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2.    Claim Your Power Now!
       The Key to End Procrastination and
       Achieve Your Goals

I am thrilled to share the stage with Jim Rohn, Bob
Proctor, Michael Angier, Vic Johnson and others for a
series of one-day seminars to help you end procrastination,
"Claim Your Power" and transform you life! I'm very excited
and I hope you'll take action and join us!

We'll be in Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Toronto, then on
to New York and Florida, so you have no excuse. We're
coming to a city near you with information, skills, tools
and practical, immediately-useful resources you can (and
WILL) use for the rest of your life. PLEASE, do yourself a
favor, invest one day and a few dollars in yourself and in
your future. Remember the saying, "insanity is doing the
same thing over and over, hoping for a different result."
Don't do that!

It's time to make the changes and be empowered to achieve
more than you've ever thought possible. You can do it, but
not unless (or until) you get the tools you need. Vic has
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check it out, get the 5-part series, and then attend the

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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor:    Strange Hospital Chart Notations

Once again, Bill Barrows has cheered my day and made me
laugh. Since I've been known to suffer from "foot in mouth
disease," I take some comfort in knowing that even the best-
trained medical professionals in the world sometimes do the
same. Enjoy!

The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and
handed to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.

Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

The skin was moist and dry.

The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

She stated that she had been constipated for most of her
life until 1989 when she got a divorce.

Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady pregnant.

The patient was in his usual state of good health until his
airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for
physical therapy.

Patient was alert and unresponsive.

When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet
turtle, who is presently enrolled in day care three times a week.

Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the
way to Los Angeles.

Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and accommodation.

She is numb from her toes down.

Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the
right foot.

While in the emergency room, she was examined, x-rated and
sent home.

The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took
a job as a stockbroker instead.

The patient suffers from occasional, constant, infrequent headaches.


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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