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  Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Perfection, Excellence and Good Enough
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  90 Days and Counting
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Songs for Bible Characters

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1. The One-Minute TIP

In the quest for perfection, we kid ourselves (we are not "perfect") and we waste time and energy striving for the impossible. Most of the time we are better-off and far more successful if we strive for excellence rather than perfection. And, sometimes, the situation merely calls for "good enough" and our efforts beyond that are a waste of time.

2. Welcome Notes

"Welcome Back!" In recent weeks, many of you have written that from time to time, you haven't received your regular copy of TIPS. Unfortunately, email is not 100% reliable but I do publish every Sunday morning, and I want you to receive it every week.

Remember: If you use any sort of "spam filter" or if your email is filtered for you (and most ISP's -- especially services like AOL, Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail -- do filter your mail) be sure to add me to your address book ( and to your approved or "white" list! You don't want to miss the newsletters you have requested!

And, please help us grow! We do no advertising and our growth, from our original 23 “charter” subscribers to our current list of almost 40,000 has come from "friends helping friends." If you enjoy TIPS, please forward it to two or three (or more!) people and encourage them to subscribe. Anyone can subscribe and get a gift ebook by visiting: 

And finally, I want to remind you that my newest ebook, “The New MasterMind” is available and continues to “fly out the door!” I’ve been delighted by the number of people downloading it, and the wonderful comments I get back. This week, Jacquie Wilson wrote that “in three weeks, my new MasterMind group helped me achieve more than I did all summer long! Thank you, Thank you!” I hope you’ll get your copy at: 

3: Perfection, Excellence and Good Enough

There are two phrases that are widely thought to encourage peak performance, but are actually recipes for disaster.

The first is the ever-popular search for "best practices" and the other is the quest for "zero defects." While I understand the intention behind them, in the real world too often they merely trigger our fears and create tremendous interference.

Professionals hate making mistakes! No one wants to mess up, drop the ball or fail! We hate being embarrassed!

Unfortunately, human beings are only human. We get tired, we forget, we get distracted. We have misunderstandings and sometimes (I hate to say it) we make mistakes. We "mess up."

In the quest for perfection, we kid ourselves and we waste time and energy striving for the impossible. Most of the time we are far more successful if we strive for excellence rather than perfection. And, sometimes, the situation only requires "good enough," and our efforts beyond that are a waste of time.

This week, I finished a biography of Howard Hughes and in summing up his life, the authors made this astonishing assessment: "…geniuses must, like all of us, live in the real world. Hughes never learned how to convert his knowledge to practical application. Instead, he sought a perfection that assured failure." (Empire: The Life, Legend and Madness of Howard Hughes, by Donald L. Bartlett & James B. Steel, p. 623.)

Now, of course there are instances where "perfection" is the appropriate standard, but in real life, these are few and far between. Most of the time, our quest for "perfection" is inappropriate and grows out of an exaggerated desire to be right, to be super-human, to avoid criticism or risk.

Peak performers are more interested in getting things done than in perfection. High achievers look for appropriate outcomes and measure their success based on the quantity and quality of their results.

In most areas of life and business, here are my preferred standards:

1. Excellence. In work and in relationships, seek excellence. We want superb results that other people admire, but life rarely asks for perfection. Mistakes are merely the price of experimentation, learning and growth. Never fear making a mistake; fear failing to learn and move forward.

2. Good Enough. In most activities our goal should be performance appropriate to the situation. Anything less is sloppy or careless and that is never acceptable, but anything beyond what a specific situation requires or expects is merely personal preference.

Consider my front lawn. It is not a prize-winning lawn and no one's life or happiness or career depends on it's appearance, so "good enough" requires a few minutes with the trimmer, a half-hour with the mower, and some fertilizer from time to time. It looks “good enough” and blends with the standard in our neighborhood. Anything less would be “sloppy;” anything beyond that is time spent for some other, personal, reason.

Perfection is rarely required. Instead, strive for excellence in the important areas of life, and "good enough" in everything else. I think you'll be happier, more productive and, in the long run, far more successful.

4. Quotes of the Week

“Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.”
                                           -- Thomas Carlyle

“There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make it happen.”
                                           -- Wayne Dyer

“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something, but (instead) someone.”
                                           -- Coco Chanel

”Opportunity dances with those who are already on the dance floor.”
                                           -- H. Jackson Brown Jr.

5. Strictly Business:  90 Days and Counting

Depending on which survey you believe, only about four percent of Americans have a written list of personal goals. We all know that goals are the heart and soul of success, but even among business executives, the percentage who can describe their personal goals rarely goes above ten percent.

In reality, we do have goals. The problem is that most of them are unconscious, unclear or unproductive. Too often our most important “goals” are to be comfortable, to avoid risk, or to maintain a familiar routine.

The fact of the matter is that ANYTHING will go better if we write down exactly what we want, and describe a path for getting it. Whether you want more time as a family, or more money in the bank, pause to consider exactly what you really want, and in most cases, a few simple strategies will come to mind “automatically.” There’s no mystery to having more time with your spouse or saving a few dollars, is there? Of course not! And most goals are like that.

Now, here’s the kicker. There are about 90 days left in 2007. If you began the year with written goals, that is FANTASTIC! You are one of the few, and undoubtedly your performance has improved because of it.

But what if you didn’t create goals for the year? It’s never too late!

What do you want to achieve between now and the end of the year?

Want to increase sales? Want the vacation of a life-time? Need to lose weight, hire more staff, or get your pilot’s license? Whatever it is, WRITE IT DOWN and create a plan to make it happen (or at least get started) in 90 days. Between now and December 31st, make this your best year ever!

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

    #1 Use a MasterMind Alliance to Achieve Your Goals
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    We All Need a Little Help from Our Friends 

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:  Theme Songs for Bible Characters

Some people are blessed with incredible creativity, and I love it when they share their special “insights” with us! For those not familiar with the Bible, these may not strike your funny bone, but I thought these were a “real hoot!” Once again, my friend William Burrows passed these along to me and whoever originally thought them up, Thank You!

"Strangers in Paradise"
"The Second Time Around"

"I Feel Pretty"

"The Wanderer"

"The Lady is a Tramp"

"I Could Have Danced All Night"

"The Lion Sleeps Tonight"

"Good Vibrations"

"I'm Sorry"

"Born To Be Wild"

"Take This Job and Shove It"

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

"Got a Whale of a Tale"

"Up, Up, and Away"

"Stayin' Alive"


"Great Balls of Fire!"


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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