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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Foolish Impulse or Tragic Hesitation?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: The Purpose of Business
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Painful Puns Just Ahead!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Some of us are “planners.” For them plans, research and a methodical approach are required. Impulsive action makes them nervous, and that’s fine. Others are built for speed. They see opportunity and feel they must act quickly. That’s fine, too! As Shakespeare advised, “First, know thyself and to thine own self be true.” Design your life so that it (mostly) brings you the type of opportunities and situations you prefer.

2. Welcome Notes

First, let me wish all our Christian subscribers a blessed and happy Easter. Obviously, not everyone celebrates this day, but for those who do this is the most significant holiday of the year, and so I wish you peace and joy.

Second, the seasons are changing. For subscribers “down under” it’s autumn, with its urgency to prepare for winter. “Up north,” we’re celebrating spring, with it’s turbulence and potential. This week, it was warm and sunny enough to work on the deck, then on Thursday, we had snow! We only got a trace but it was a reminder that the unexpected does happen. Wherever you are, enjoy Mother Nature. The entertainment is free and the inspiration is priceless.

Finally, I want to find the right balance between respectful “soft-sell” and urgent “hard-sell” regarding our World Class Life Conference in May. Obviously, the this isn’t for everyone and that’s fine. But, we only have a few spaces left and time’s flying! If you want to join us, please REGISTER THIS WEEK! Every year, I get last-minute requests from people who procrastinate until we’re sold out. Don’t let that be you!

If you have questions, call me at (541) 342-1030. I’m happy to talk with you. Or email me at I don’t like the pushiness that’s so common online, but if you need a nudge, consider yourself politely nudged! This is a powerful, fun, life-changing event in a gorgeous setting. If you “should” join us, don’t put it off. Register today at: 

3: Foolish Impulse or Tragic Hesitation?

The English language is full of clichés, but few are more confusing than the conflict between “Fools rush in” and “Those who hesitate are lost.” How do we balance the “need for speed” with the advice to “look before you leap?”

We all know the necessity for planning and preparation. We know that success requires a strong foundation, careful thought, and precision. But, we are also advised to “strike while the iron is hot” and that “the early bird gets the worm.” What’s a person to do?

This confusion first struck me when I read biographies of Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott, the first two men to reach the South Pole. Amundsen was the more impulsive of the two. He landed on the shelf ice, unloaded his gear and took off. He got to the pole first, and he returned to tell the tale.

Robert Scott was far more organized, and he had better equipment. When he landed on the ice, he prepared carefully for the enormous challenge ahead. He was the better scientist and he, too, got to the South Pole. But he got there second and, because of his delay the Antarctic winter began before he got back. After weeks of bitter and heroic struggle, he and his men died just eleven miles short of base camp and safety.

I was reminded of that this week while reading Edmund Morris’ biography of young Theodore Roosevelt. When he was 25, after his wife died in childbirth, Roosevelt made his first trip to the “Bad Lands.” When his guide backed out, he plunged ahead with no idea what to expect. He was unprepared and might have died, but instead found a rugged wilderness that restored his health and in many ways created the man who later became president. Who could have guessed?

So how do we balance the “need for speed” with the advice to “look before you leap?”

First, understand and honor your unique personality. Some of us are “planners.” For them plans, research and a methodical approach are required. Impulsive action makes them nervous, and that’s fine! But others are built for speed. They see opportunity and feel they must act quickly. That’s fine, too! As Shakespeare advised, “First, know thyself and to thine own self be true.” Design your life so that it (mostly) brings you the type of opportunities and situations you prefer.

Second, understand the limitations of your preferences. Some of us eagerly jump in, while others are planners, and both are good but each has its limitations.

Some things in life must be grasped instantly or they are gone forever. Sometimes, if “you snooze, you lose!” and if you are a planner, some opportunities won’t fit your natural inclinations. Design your life so that, as often as possible, you have time you need for thoughtful, careful consideration.

Others prefer the drama and excitement of speed. If that’s your preference, design systems that create multiple opportunities where you can “grab and go.” But, be aware of the downside risk. Some impulses, like driving too quickly on a dark and slippery road, can end in tragedy.

Finally, learn the fine art of flexibility. Few of us are so extreme in one direction or the other that we can’t make exceptions when called for. Learn to analyze the true nature of the situation, and respond accordingly. Even if you strongly prefer careful planning, know that some situations call for immediate action and that’s alright! Go for it! It’s good practice and might, like Roosevelt’s ride into the Badlands, lead to amazing results. Other situations require detailed preparation and no matter how much you want to act quickly, caution is advised. Winners recognize the difference and respond appropriately.

The key to success is using your personal preferences to your advantage. Design a life that builds on your strengths.

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4. Quotes of the Week

"In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing."
                                      -- Theodore Roosevelt

"Fear is nothing except a drain of energy and not a power unto itself. Trust in yourself, for therein lies the true power."
                                      -- Lori Hard

"We don't know who we are until we see what we can do."
                                      -- Martha Grimes

"When you follow your bliss doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else."
                                      -- Joseph Campbell

5. Strictly Business: The Purpose of Business

I hear lots of discussion about purpose and mission statements for business. Some tell me the purpose of any business is to make a profit. Others focus on the quality of the product or on teamwork and morale. Obviously, all of that is wonderful and to some extent necessary. But it misses the point.

The purpose of every business is to serve a satisfied customer. Period.

In the end, satisfied customers create the profits. Satisfied customers create repeat business, which is vastly more profitable than finding a new customer for every transaction. Satisfied customers allow for pride, satisfaction and the constant improvement of our goods and services. Only satisfied customers will ultimately keep the doors open and allow the business to “work.”

Sure, a great marketing plan is desirable. Of course, making a profit is necessary over time.

But in the end, only satisfied customers make everything else possible.

So, what are your customers really looking for? What benefit or convenience, what quality or experience is most vital to them? Ask them! Let your customers tell you what makes your business special. Let them tell you how and why you stand out from your competition. Let them tell you why they buy from you and keep coming back.

Too often, business leaders spend too much time examining details when a simple lunch or phone call to your best customers could tell you precisely how to grow the business. In the end, systems and business plans, tools and equipment are good, but only to the degree that your customers are smiling. Everything else is detail.

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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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: Painful Puns Just Ahead!

M brain isn’t very quick at coming up with puns and clever word-plays, and maybe that’s why I love them so much. I often call them “bumper slickers” and appreciate people who have the knack for these things. My friend and frequent humorist, Paul Vogt sent me these and while some are familiar, they all made me laugh. Thanks, Paul! (And new contributions are always appreciated! Send them along!)

*** Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.
*** A backward poet writes inverse.
*** A man's home is his castle... in a manor of speaking.
*** Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
*** Practice safe eating - always use condiments.
*** Shotgun wedding: A case of wife or death.
*** A hangover is the wrath of grapes.
*** Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play.
*** Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
*** Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion.
*** Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
*** When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.
*** A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
*** He often broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

*** A plateau is a high form of flattery.
*** Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
*** Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
*** Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.


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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