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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 16, 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 Necessity of Choice
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Four Paths to Wealth
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Bumper “Slickers” for Women???

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The reality is that we have the power to choose the life we want. At any time, we can choose to change. We all know people who have transformed their lives through the power of choice, and so can you! It's not easy, but it is possible. We all know people who went back to school, who started a business, who made a decision to live the life they truly wanted. That potential is inside each of us.

2. Welcome Notes

We have daffodils! I expect they’ll peek in a few days, but already they are magnificent! The flowering trees are beginning to blossom, and we have turkeys! Hundreds of turkeys live in the hills around us. For most of the year they stay out of sight, but in the spring they flock together and the males spread their tail feathers in a display that confirms spring is here and warmth will return.

Wherever you are, and in whatever way is right, take time to refresh your soul! Take a walk or see a movie, take a friend to lunch or go dancing, but do the things that nourish your heart. It pays!

This week, I had the honor of speaking to an association of professional credit managers, and next week I’m speaking to a group of real estate appraisers. If you would like me to speak to your group or organization, please send an email! I’d love to work out the details with you! Contact me at: 

Finally, I want to encourage you to join me for the World Class Life Conference in May. We had another couple register this week, which always makes me happy—what a wonderful thing to share with a loved one! We have magnificent content, great speakers and all that, but it’s also a wonderful time to reconnect with your dreams, with your passion, and perhaps, with your partner! Take action. Register at:

3: The Necessity of Choice

This week I was reminded that one of the great questions of life is the choice to do, or to experience.

Too often we get so busy doing that we forget to experience and enjoy our lives. Life can be a constant source of love and wonder, but sometimes in our hurry we fail to notice. We so badly want "success" that we forget to live well and enjoy the ride.

We live "lives of quiet desperation" not because we are poor, but because of our desire to have, to do, or to be, something else. We are anxious because we fail to realize that what we have is, in fact, quite enough.

The good news is that we are already wealthy! Most of us have access to more books and education, entertainment, travel, and business opportunities than we can possibly explore in one life time. We all participate in this "rising tide" of experiences.

As Christopher Marley noted, true success is living your own life in your own way.

Success, it seems to me, is about choosing the lifestyle you prefer and accepting responsibility for it. Most Americans choose to work about 40 hours a week, earning what we call a "middle class" income. This supplies our need for food, clothing and shelter, and allows us to enjoy a nice car, some travel, a few luxuries and time for television, friends, and relaxation.

A few, however, make other choices. Some choose to work more, play more, travel more, or make other choices that diverge from the average. While no example will apply to everyone, typically those who choose to have more children will have less free time, and perhaps less discretionary money. Those who maximize recreation may be promoted less rapidly, while those who pursue an entrepreneurial or business path may have less of something else.

The key, of course, is that there no mythical right choice. There is only the requirement that we make our choices and accept responsibility for the results. You can have almost any life you desire, but you cannot avoid the necessity to choose.

One of the great tragedies is that many of our choices are made unconsciously, without adequate thought or consideration. Someone offers us a job, and we grab it. We buy a house, settle down, make friends and believe these things define our life and "the way things are." False!

The reality is that we have the power to choose the life we want. At any time, we can choose to change. We all know people who have transformed their lives through the power of choice, and so can you! It's not easy, but it is possible. We all know people who went back to school, who started a business, who made a decision to live the life they truly wanted. That potential is inside each of us.

This week, take time to dream. Clarify the life you truly want, jot some notes, make some plans, and take action. From this day forward, move in the direction you truly want to go!

      If you value life, take time to plan it! Take time to
      choose wisely, and to create elegant strategies
      that get results! Define the life you want, and make
      it happen! Join us for three days in May. It could
      transform everything! 

4. Quotes of the Week

"Follow your bliss."
                                    -- Joseph Campbell

"Buddha left a road map, Jesus left a road map, Krishna left a road map, Rand McNally left a road map. But you still have to travel the road yourself."
                                    -- Stephen Levine

“For me, security is not knowing what's going to happen. Because if I don't know, it could be terrific.”
                                    -- Gloria Steinem

"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
                                    -- Winston Churchill

5. Strictly Business:  The Four Paths to Wealth

I've concluded there are only four ways to make money and accumulate significant wealth in this world.

1. Make an unusually valuable contribution. This is the easiest and most successful path wealth, but since it usually comes disguised as hard work, it's also the path most resisted. The world pays for our expertise, our effort, our ideas and our inventions, and it pays extremely well if make unusually valuable contributions.

2. Save and invest. This, too, is a reliable and nearly fool-proof road to wealth, but since it takes time, personal discipline and has absolutely no sex appeal, it is largely ignored. Spend less than you make, save the difference, let time and compound interest make you rich.

3. Inherit money. I've read that in the next few years twenty trillion dollars of accumulated wealth will be transferred from the passing generation to the younger one. Nothing like that has ever happened before! It pays to select the right parents!

4. Be lucky. Be in the right place at the right time. Know the right people or win the lottery. While this one is unpredictable and fickle (and gives rise to a sense that life isn't "fair"), it happens often enough to give us hope. Unfortunately, the statistics are against you. But who knows? Luck happens.

Unfortunately, I didn't know these rules before I was born and so chose wonderful but poor parents, and the statistics have proven entirely reliable – I've won no lotteries. So, from personal experience I can only recommend paths one and two.

Get good at what you do. Love it enough to get VERY good at it, and the world will pay accordingly. Then, save and invest, and let time be your friend.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

     #1 Your World Class Life!
     With Dr Philip E. Humbert
     May 15-17th in Green Lake, Wisconsin 

Is your life working the way you planned? Are your biggest dreams and most exciting ambitions still sitting on the shelf, waiting for “someday?” Are you stuck or frustrated, or letting time and chance and other people make decisions about your life, and your future? Is it time to do something about that? This is for you!

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! 

     #2 Use a MasterMind Alliance to Achieve Your Goals
     Get the Support, Advice & Encouragement You Need
     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.

     #3 Got a Website?
     Earn Passive Income! 

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: Bumper “Slickers” for Women???

Alistair Jameson from South Africa sent these to me, and labeled them as particularly suited for women. I question that, however, since with a few exceptions, I could easily modify most of them for my own bumper! They made me chuckle and I hope you enjoy!

Women's Bumper Stickers

1. So many men (women?), so few who can afford me.

2. God made us sisters, Prozac made us friends.

3. If they don’t have chocolate in heaven, I ain’t going.

4. Princess, having had sufficient experience with princes, seeks frog.

5. Coffee, Chocolate, Men…some things are just better rich.

6. Don’t treat me any differently than you would the Queen.

7. If you want breakfast in bed, sleep in the kitchen.

8. Dinner is ready when the smoke alarm goes off.

9. I’m out of estrogen – and I have a gun.

10. Guys have feelings too. But like, who cares?

11. Next mood swing: 6 minutes

12. And your point is?

13. Warning: I have an attitude and I know how to use it.

14. Of course I don’t look busy. I did it right the first time.

15. Do not start with me. You will not win.

16. You have the right to remain silent, so please shut up.

17. All stressed out and no one to choke.

18. I’m one of those bad things that happen to good people.

19. How can I miss you if you won’t go away?

20. Sorry if I looked interested. I’m not.

21. Don’t upset me! I’m running out of places to hide the bodies.


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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