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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Every Day Magic of Thinking BIG!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Advertising, Promotion & Marketing
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Lessons I’ve Learned

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1. The One-Minute TIP
What's your BIG idea? What excites you? What takes your breath away, keeps you up at night, makes you smile all day long? What's your B-HAG? Sometimes it's "distant and far away," vague or fuzzy, but it's in there! Find it, dust it off and pursue it! People will join you and things will unfold in amazing ways. Lift your eyes, dream your dreams, take action! It's what makes life worth the living!

2. Welcome Notes

First, spring is just around the corner. We’ve had turkeys in our yard this week and there are even the first buds on our trees. We’ll still have lots of cold weather, but this is a good thing! I love the sun!

And second, remember Valentines is this Tuesday! Guys (especially) if you haven’t taken action, do so now! A card, some candy, flowers, a teddy bear – get the lard out! When you were dating and wanted to impress her, these things weren’t hard. Well, she’s still special and she’d still like to know you think so. Put some thought into it. Surprise her. You may be very well rewarded!

As I write this we have 34 registrations for the World Class Life Conference in May! That’s a new record for registrations this early in the process and I’m very excited! We have two people coming from Holland, one from Germany and another from Hong Kong, along with folks from all over the U.S. Most important, about a third of our registrations are people who are coming back! I’ve never seen (or heard of) a conference so powerful and so rewarding that so many people choose to come back, year after year!

We’ve got lots of new material, new insights, and the same wonderful setting. I hope you’ll join us. For now, I’m holding the line on costs and you can still get 40% off, but please hurry. We sell out every year, so reserve your spot now! Take action, make your decision and register at:

3: The Every Day Magic of Thinking BIG!

There is something uniquely human about looking to the skies. From ancient times, wise men and woman have encouraged us to "look to the hills, from whence cometh my strength." We all know the call of distant horizons.

Humans have always wondered what's beyond the horizon, over the hill or around the bend. We long to see farther, go further and do more. The urge to dream big dreams is part of what motivates our heroes, from the ancient story of Ulysses, to more recent heroes like John Glenn, Chuck Yeager, or Amelia Earhart.

And yet too often we get bogged down in the trivia of every-day things. Of course life requires that we do our daily work. Taking care of the house, running the errands and paying the bills are not trivial things! They are the routines that make life possible. We rely on each other to complete our daily tasks.

But, as the old song asks, "is that all there is?" We know the answer, and it troubles us.

Sometimes, we need to step back and lift our eyes to the hills and beyond. Sometimes we need to ask the big questions, and contemplate the big answers.

In 1959, David Schwartz wrote a book called, The Magic of Thinking BIG that has changed thousands of lives forever. It's written in an "old" style and there's no mystery or drama in it, just the truth that we NEED big dreams. There is something in us that needs a larger destiny, a greater purpose.

I think the true heroes have always been people who balanced three very difficult, and very different, things:

1. Heroes do their work and fulfill the ordinary responsibilities of everyday life. They show up every day. They keep their promises. They do their work. They are responsible people.

2. Heroes also have the ability to hear and honor a big dream. Amelia Earhart heard the call. John Glenn heard the call. Teddy Roosevelt never stopped exploring the great American west. Helen Keller could see more clearly that most. Today’s heroes are responsible people who do their daily chores, but keep one eye (always) on a bigger prize.

3. Heroes take concrete, effective action in the direction of their dreams. They didn't just look at the horizon and wonder, they get up and go. Yes, they probably work a bit harder than the average person. They probably get up earlier, stay later, or work more weekends, but they find a way to pursue their BIG idea.

There is real magic in pursuing HUGE goals! We get excited about “Big Harry Audacious Goals” (B-HAGS) in a way that small, safe, ordinary goals can never match. Mundane goals to increase our income or lose ten pounds pale beside the desire to fulfill our destiny!

The world responded to President Kenney's challenge to go to the moon because humans LOVE over-coming obstacles, solving problems, and making a difference! We enjoy being part of something meaningful and significant. We are creatures who naturally look to the horizon and ask "what's next?"

What's your BIG idea? What excites you? What takes your breath away, keeps you up at night, makes you smile all day long? What's your B-HAG? Sometimes it's "distant and far away," vague or fuzzy, but it's in there! Find it, dust it off and pursue it! People will join you and things will unfold in amazing ways. Lift your eyes, dream your dreams, take action! It's what makes life worth the living!

Do you need time, space and assistance (maybe
even permission?) to achieve your dream? Perhaps
you need tools and strategies to make it happen?
Come to the World Class Life Conference, May 15-17th!
The world's best conference focused on helping you
design and create the life you truly want!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
-- Carl Sandburg

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance."
-- Bruce Barton

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
-- T. S. Eliot

"Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow!"
-- Norman Vincent Peale

5. Strictly Business: Advertising, Promotion & Marketing

I've been struck by the glut of advertising coming my way. Spam and junk mail are full of it, television is full of it, even magazines seem to have more. And, I don't buy it.

I've often written that businesses cannot "advertise their way to success." Of course there is a time and place for advertising. You have to let people know you exist, and you need to make a splash with new products or new services. Advertising is a good thing. But you probably can't buy enough to build a business on it.

And promotion, particularly self-promotion, has a similar limitation. Obviously, if you believe in a product or service, you must tell people about it and invite them to buy. You owe that to yourself, and to customers who need and want your service. Promotion has it's place -- I've certainly promoted my World Class Life Conference. Would you sign up if I refused to tell you about them? Of course not!

But in the end, marketing is a different animal. Marketing is about your reputation. It's about customer satisfaction and retention. It's about your relationships. Marketing is about letting people know who you are, what you do and what you offer. (Never keep yourself a secret! There is no advantage in being shy!) Marketing is about YOU more than your product or service. It's about your reputation, your level of responsibility and your follow-through.

In the end, most marketing is free, in that it comes from being who you are and doing what you do, to the best of your ability.

Many small businesses would be far ahead to scrap their advertising budget entirely and invest the money in themselves, their skills, the quality of their products, and their relationships.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 The 13th Annual World Class Life(tm) Conference
May 15-17th in Beautiful Wisconsin!
If not now, when?
If not you, who? (You DESERVE this!)

Living well can be defined as living "a life of one's own." Too many of us spend our lives working hard, racing around and chasing other people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You DESERVE time for yourself! You deserve time to clarify your values, goals and highest aspirations in life! You deserve practical, powerful strategies to make your dreams come true!

Of course you do! And the winners in life take the time. They invest in their skills and their goals. They network with the best people they can find. They attend the seminars. They plot strategy and make sure they are "on course" to achieve their most important priorities.

A great life does not happen by accident or by working "harder" and hoping for the best. Success in life – total, balanced, fulfilling success – is the logical result of doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time. The WCL has been THE turning point for many people over the years. It gives you the tools and the time, the space and permission to focus on what you truly want for your life. It gives you strategies that work, and the inspiration to work them. Make the commitment to create and live the life you truly want!

I hope you'll join us. Get all the info and register at:

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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: Lessons I’ve Learned

Larry Katz sent me these gems. Some are familiar, but many are new (at least to me) and they all make me smile. Enjoy! (And, thanks for sending them, Larry!)

Now that I'm 'older' (but refuse to grow up), here's what I've discovered:

I. started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

5. All reports are in; life actually is unfair.

6. If all is not lost, where is it?

7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

8. Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in
the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put them on my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone decide to play chess?

16. It's not hard to meet expenses... they're everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and then wonder what I'm here after.


20. Funny, I don't remember being, . . . absent minded...


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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