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  Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, September 23, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. What if You Never Had to Work?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Leadership Begins With Listening
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  And Then He Made Women

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1. The One-Minute TIP

For all of his faults (and there were many of them) and for all the craziness (and there was lots of it), Howard Hughes knew the power of focus. He could say a clear, resounding YES! to the things that interested him. Even when it meant ignoring enormous pressures and losing millions of dollars, he concentrated on a FEW THINGS and achieved incredible results. He knew his priorities, even when the rest of the world thought he was crazy. We can learn from that.

2. Welcome Notes

The leaves are turning and the stars are still shining when Cody and I take our morning walk. That means the year is rapidly coming to a close and your major goals for 2007 should be wrapping up. How are you doing on that?

Next Sunday is the end of the third quarter. Are you 75% of the way to your goals? Focus on finishing the year strong! I never like to make these opening notes too "heavy", but this is important stuff, folks!

If there are things you wanted to accomplish this year, get it done. If you wanted more family time, or some weekends with someone special, make the reservations! If you had business or professional goals, check your progress, focus your energy, and get it done. The holidays will be so much more exciting if you can look back with a sense of satisfaction. Get it done!

I still have a couple openings for new coaching clients. If you are determined to move forward and want to end this year and start 2008 with clarity, momentum and the support of a personal coach, send me an email. Let’s talk about it and get to work! 

3: What If You Never Had to Work?

There is a famous question that has helped people clarify their goals for generations. It usually goes something like this: "If you never had to work for the rest of your life, what would you do just because you love it so much?"

This week I've been reading about a man who faced that exact situation.

I read Empire, Barlett and Steele's biography of Howard Hughes, who inherited his father's business and became a millionaire before his 20th birthday. What struck me is that he never had to work a day in his life.

Now, clearly Hughes had a troubled life and he's an easy person to criticize. He was eccentric and mentally ill. He did many things I consider immoral. But one thing he didn't have to do was work.

Yes, he was a playboy and I doubt that he worked very hard by most people's standards, but he constantly set goals. He shattered records for trans-continental and around-the-world flights. He spent millions making movies that stand as innovations and classics even today. He built the largest airplane ever made, and built it out of plywood! While his interests were often undisciplined and mis-guided, he pursued them with single-minded passion, and no one can deny that he GOT THINGS DONE.

Clearly, I do not view Hughes as a model for my own life except in this one area: He knew what he wanted and he went after it.

In my work as a coach and keynote speaker I meet incredibly talented people. I meet people with the resources to change the world in amazing ways! Their raw talent often takes my breath away!

And yet many of them actually achieve very little because they never decide what to do with their lives.

They can have and do so many things that they think they can have it all.

Television, the internet, books and movies bring the world into our homes and offices. We are educated. Opportunity is all around us, and too often we end up confused and over-whelmed.

This week I talked with an amazing woman. She is physically beautiful, young, healthy, and educated. Her work has been praised internationally. She leads an incredibly rich life, and yet she is frustrated and nearly broke. She wants to be a wife and mother, and a nationally-acclaimed writer and speaker. She is owns a dynamic business, and (of course) she is exhausted.

While I admire her enormously, I declined to be her coach for one primary reason. Instead of looking for ways to focus her activities, she wants coaching to help her “get more done.” She will not choose, and she does not delegate, and I saw little chance for real change in her life.

In our own ways, many of us fall into the same trap.

We have our work, our families, our hobbies and our dreams. We have options and choices and we refuse to choose. We are unwilling to say "no" to any of it, so we become unable to say a clear, powerful "YES!"

For all of his faults (and there were many of them) and for all the craziness (and there was lots of it), Howard Hughes knew the power of focus. He could say a clear, resounding YES! to the things that interested him. Even when it meant ignoring enormous pressures and losing millions of dollars, he concentrated on a FEW THINGS and achieved incredible results. He knew his priorities, even when the rest of the world thought he was crazy.

We can learn from that.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."
                                   -- George Bernard Shaw

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind!"
                                   -- William James

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

“Courage is the price that life exacts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not, knows no release from little things.”
                                   -- Amelia Earhart

5. Strictly Business:  Leadership Begins With Listening

Too often, leadership is defined as giving orders. Many entrepreneurs and professionals still used a model of leadership that is best suited to the military or other situations where life and safety are critical concerns, but in business that is rarely the case.

More often in business, leadership is about listening to people and helping them get what THEY want in the light of a larger context.

Effective leadership is about working WITH your staff to help them get what they truly want, whether it is recognition, respect, job satisfaction or income, in the context of the business' over-all goals for growth, customer loyalty or increased sales.

Effective leadership is about listening!

The best salespeople listen to find out what the customer wants, and then they find ways to provide it. The best managers listen to the needs and desires of their staff. The best entrepreneurs are experts in listening to the marketplace for feedback about change, new trends, and new services.

Remember the old saying that we were born with two ears and one mouth. The obvious lesson is to listen twice as much as we speak. I think it was Yogi Bera who once observed, “You can learn an awful lot by listening.” In business, that is certainly true.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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Every winning athlete, and successful business person has a team of experts behind them. How would you like a team of hand-picked advisors committed to your personal success? What could you do with expert advice, wise counsel, and a network of successful people at your finger-tips?

Back in 1935, Napoleon Hill wrote that a “MasterMind” group was the one essential behind every successful person he interviewed! And yet very few people create a Mastermind team to help them achieve their most important goals in life! Now you can! Most people “don’t know how” or they fear they “wouldn’t know who to ask.” Now, I’ve written the manual! I’ve create a “recipe” so you can create your own MasterMind whenever you wish! I’ve included suggestions for where, when and how often to meet. I’ve even included simple scripts to get you started. Check it out!

If success is important to you, you MUST have a MasterMind group to help you “get there.” Click for more info.

     #2 Think Right Now!
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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!

     #3 Got a Website?
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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:  And Then He Made Women

I rarely use “gender humor” but when my friend Bill Barrows forwarded this it touched me and I had to pass it along. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and pass it along to your friends, as well.

By the time the Lord made woman, he was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, "Why are you spending so much time on this one?" And the Lord answered, "Have you seen my spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, be able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart, and she will do everything with only two hands."

The angel was astounded. "Only two hands!? No way! That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish."

But the Lord protested. "I am so close to finishing this creation and it's so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days."

The angel moved closer and touched the woman. "But you have made her so soft, Lord." "She is soft," the Lord agreed, "but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish."

The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. "Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one."

"That's not a leak," the Lord corrected, "that's a tear!"

"What's the tear for?" the angel asked.

The Lord said, "The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride."

The angel was impressed. "You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing."

And she is! Women have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice. They don't take "no" for an answer when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their heart breaks when a friend dies. They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail to show how much they care about you. The heart of woman is what makes the world keep turning. They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have vital things to say and everything to give.


If you are a woman, I hope I've reminded you. If you are a man, pass this along to the women you love.

Have a great day!


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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