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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Lessons from the Gulag
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Your TEAM for Achievement
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Insults, Quips and Quotes

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Practice kindness. You never know when your smile or helping hand may make all the difference to someone who is losing hope. Then, strengthen your will until nothing can stop you. As Churchill advised, “Never, never, never, never give up!” And know your priorities. Make the hard choices. Say a resounding YES! to what you want and say no, or “later, maybe” to things of lesser importance. These things saved Victor Hermann’s life and they’ll help you create the life you truly want.

2. Welcome Notes

The thing that impressed me most on my walk this morning was the number of birds singing! For those of us in North America, spring is definitely coming, although I did see that the Northeast got another spring blizzard this week. (I hope it melts quickly!) Our daffodils are up and the trees are beginning to bud, but the birds are particularly impressive. The robins actually make it noisy! What a treat!

And, I want to remind everyone that in most of the U.S., daylight savings time starts next weekend, much earlier than in the past. Hopefully, you’ll get more reminders on the news, but why not put a note on the calendar right now? You don’t want to forget to change your clocks. And, while your doing that, BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SMOKE DETECTORS! I’m a huge believer in having plenty of smoke detectors in the house. And don’t forget one in the garage!

Finally, I want to invite you to join us in Wisconsin for the World Class Life Conference in May. I continue to be delighted by the number of last year’s participants who are returning! For me, that is the ultimate endorsement! Lots of workshops get high marks on evaluation forms right afterward, but how many Conferences are so good that you would pay to go back and do it AGAIN, a year later? This is my favorite project of the year, and one of the absolute BEST, richest and most powerful things I have ever done. I hope you’ll join us. 

3:  Lessons from the Gulag

This week I read, Coming Out of the Ice: An Unexpected Life, by Victor Hermann. It’s the story of a 15 year-old American who went with his family from Dearborn, Michigan to what is now Gorky, Russia in the 1930’s. His father wanted to help build a Ford automobile factory as part of modernizing Stalin’s “worker’s paradise.” Unfortunately, despite his father’s idealism and great intentions, Victor ended up spending twenty years in Stalin’s “Gulag,” a series of Siberian prison and extermination camps.

The book is out of print, but if you can find a copy, I highly recommend it. It’s amazing writing. It will break your heart and inspire you. Victor was finally released from the Gulag in the mid-50’s but then fought another 25 years before being allowed to return to his native America in 1978. It’s an astonishing story.

Three things struck me as being important to write in TIPS.

The first is the casualness of evil. Humans are capable of extraordinary love, beauty, and compassion, but we are also capable of evil. Some of Victor’s suffering was inflicted by cruel people, but much of it came from ordinary incompetence and casual indifference. Clerks lost his papers. Guards put him on the wrong train, food didn’t arrive or cooking fuel was misplaced and prisoners starved, froze, or were simply forgotten.

Few of us (hopefully none!) will experience anything like the Gulag, but I couldn’t help think about the ordinary slights of everyday life. In our hurry, how often do we neglect the people around us? How often do we criticize or judge people without thinking? We are the richest, most blessed people in history, and yet we allow people to slip through the cracks. Especially if they are different or unwashed or unpleasant, we shy away. It’s a troubling reality.

The second is the power of the human will. Victor was determined to survive, and he did. Despite enormous obstacles, he lived. Once, he and seventeen others were sent to load rail cars in the Siberian winter. After three days without food or shelter, and with only melted snow for water, he was the only one (!) left alive.

I think it was Clement Stone who said, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” In this political season, we’ll hear a great deal about how hard it is to “keep up” or “get ahead” and, of course, we do work incredibly hard and life is difficult. That’s true.

But we also have so much to be grateful for! When I hear how “hard” it is to start a business, get an education, or make “ends meet,” I have to shake my head. Folks, the library is free! The internet is cheap and easy! We’ve never had more resources to create and live the life we want.

Finally, I thought about the power of clarity. With clarity, anything is possible. Even surviving the Gulag and eventually (after 25 years of struggle) getting permission to return to America is possible. But many of us are confused or unclear about our major priorities in life.

We want more savings, but we buy flat screen televisions. We want travel, larger homes, newer cars, and fashionable clothes—with less work. We want more (and richer) food, but slimmer bodies!

Victor Hermann was rarely confused. He was an American and he was determined to go home. To do that, he had to survive, and to do that, he had to get a piece of bread, a bit of soup, and shelter, even if it was only in a snow cave. When we are clear and determined, we can achieve anything!

Practice kindness. You never know when your smile or helping hand may make all the difference to someone who is losing hope. Then, strengthen your will until nothing can stop you. As Churchill advised, “Never, never, never, never give up!” And know your priorities. Make the hard choices. Say a resounding YES! to what you want and say no, or “later, maybe” to things of lesser importance. These things saved Victor Hermann’s life and they’ll help you create the life you truly want.

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4. Quotes of the Week

“Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming—Wow!—What a ride!”
                                    -- Erma Bombeck

“Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.”
                                    -- George Bernard Shaw

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”
                                    -- Doug Firebaugh

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

5. Strictly Business:  Your TEAM for Achievement

John Donne wrote that "no man is an island” and that is certainly true for business people. By definition, business flourishes in the "market-place," with vendors and suppliers, staff and employees, and customers swirling all around! It's how business gets done.

At the same time, too many business people feel alone. In some businesses one person is quite literally the owner, the manager, the staff, the janitor and the bookkeeper. That can be lonely and inefficient. Working from home or in a one-person office can be distracting and (at times) depressing.

Even working with other people, too often there is still a sense that we are alone, especially if you are in a position of leadership.

One of the most valuable resources any entrepreneur, professional or small business leader can have is a Master Mind team of trusted colleagues who will listen and advise you. Having a TEAM of people who will be honest with you, who understand your challenges and will share their wisdom can be a HUGE advantage!

If you don't have a "kitchen cabinet" or unofficial "board of directors," get one! That may sound strong, but the poet was right—none of us does our best when we try to do it all ourselves. Get a team. Get advisors you trust, people who know and understand your situation, people who do not compete with you and who will not play games. Meet with them frequently and support each other to be your BEST.

If you don't have a TEAM and would like to be part of a structured group, I invite you to check out my new ebook on creating your own personal MasterMind team. It’s at: 

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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Join me for three days in May where the focus will be on designing, creating and living the life you truly want! Top achievers are not different or born under a lucky star. They simply KNOW what they want, create SYSTEMS to achieve it, and then follow a road-map to success.

This is for YOU! It is a Conference entirely focused on helping you design your ideal life, and create systems and plans and skills to make it happen. Living well is an art, but there is also a science to it. There are skills and habits that highly successful people use, and you can learn them! Don't miss this! “Seize the day” and let this be the opportunity that changes everything! 

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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!

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7. Humor: Insults, Quips and Quotes

Some of the best comments in the world have been made about the qualities and peccadilloes of our neighbors. Recently, someone sent me this marvelous collection, but they sent it anonymously – the return email address from Hotmail didn’t have any name with it – so whoever it was, thank you!

"A graceful taunt is worth a thousand insults."- Louis Nizer (1902 -1994)

"I feel so miserable without you, it's almost like having you here."- Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."- John Bright

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."- Winston Churchill

"A modest little person, with much to be modest about."- Winston Churchill

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure." -- Clarence Darrow

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)

"Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?" - Ernest Hemingway

"He has sat on the fence so long that the iron has entered his soul."- David Lloyd George

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."- Winston Churchill

"He is not only dull himself, he is the cause of dullness in others."- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."- Paul Keating

"He had delusions of adequacy."- Walter Kerr

"There's nothing wrong with you that reincarnation won't cure."- Jack E. Leonard

"He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I know."-  Abraham Lincoln

"He has the attention span of a lightning bolt."-Robert Redford

"They never open their mouths without subtracting from the sum of human knowledge." - Thomas Brackett Reed

"He inherited some good instincts from his Quaker forebears, but by diligent hard work, he overcame them." - James Reston (about Richard Nixon)

"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily." -Talleyrand

"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."-Forrest Tucker

"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"- Mark Twain

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it." - Mark Twain

"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."- Mae West

"She is a peacock in everything but beauty."- Oscar Wilde

"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go."- Oscar Wilde

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."- Oscar Wilde

"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."- Billy Wilder

"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts...for support, rather than illumination." -Andrew Lang (1844-1912)


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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