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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Copying the Success of TR
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The 25% Rule
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Letter From A Marine Recruit

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Obviously, we shouldn’t try to be anyone but ourselves. Each of us is unique and our highest and best is to be precisely and fully who we are. But we can, and do learn from others. Unfortunately too often we learn “accidentally” and bad habits too easily find room in our lives. But we can also learn intentionally from the most successful and inspiring people we can find. Choose your models wisely. Your life depends on it.

2. Welcome Notes

We had a wonderful response to my “urgent” call to register for our World Class Life Conference last week! A participant from two years ago called from Australia to tell me how much it continues to impact his life and his business. A couple called from Wisconsin to say they’re coming back (I love that!) and a man from Germany called with questions. Best of all, several people signed up!

So, when something is both effective and fun, I figure I should do it again! My phone number is (541) 342-1030. If you have questions about WCL, or about my speaking to your group, or about coaching, give me a call! My email is and I’d love to hear from you! Comments about TIPS, questions about coaching or the WCL—all are welcome.

Get all the info, download the free reports and audio, and of course, REGISTER at 

I hope to meet you in May!

3: Copying the Success of TR

About 30 years ago, a giant of a man and someone I greatly admired, Bruce Thieleman, told me that to keep growing, to serve my clients well, and to stay at the top of my game, I would need to read at least two books a week. For the rest of my life! Fortunately, it’s not difficult.

I love reading and I particularly enjoy biographies of notable people.

This week, I read the first volume of Edmund Morris’ biography of Theodore Roosevelt. It’s fairly massive, about 750 pages, but it’s delightful reading. TR’s trips to the badlands are as exciting as any western, and in this election year, his time in the New York legislature, his run for Mayor of New York and his years as Governor are particularly intriguing. If you love biographies, this is a superb work.

Most important for TIPS, however, are the lessons we learn from the most influential people in history.

As Tony Robbins and others have said, success is not an accident! It leaves clues. We can learn the tools and skills, the tactics and traits of high achievers, and if we apply them to our own lives, good things happen! There’s no mystery about this.

If we copy the habits and patterns of “average” people, we get average results. Almost everyone knows someone (in your family, a neighbor or friend) who refuses to develop their natural talents. This type of failure (what else would you call it?) is all around us. Everyday, we see talented people who permit one or more unfortunate habits to hold them back. Here’s a hint: Don’t copy them!

Fortunately, we also have models of people who passionately pursue every ounce of talent, opportunity and potential they have. They do things differently. They have habits and attitudes and behaviors that create the results they desire. Here’s a hint: Copy THESE people!

So, what have I observed about TR? Obviously, many, many things—enough to fill a massive biography! But here are just a few:

1. Enormous self-discipline. As a skinny, sickly child who nearly died many times, when his father told him he must build his body, he launched himself into an exercise routine that would shame most Olympic athletes. Later, his work and writing schedule amazed even his publishers. His ability to master the intricacies of politics confounded his adversaries. The man knew how to focus.

2. Applied energy. Whether he was herding cattle, running for election, or playing with his children, people marveled at his ability to get things done. He may have had more energy than most of us, but what struck me was his ability to solve problems. He got up early, he worked hard, he loved what he was doing and his passion drove him forward. Winners have the same 24-hour day, but they use their time and energy differently. The get more and better results.

3. Quick, practical intelligence. TR had the ability to see through the confusion of daily life and find real solutions. When faced with family challenges or political opponents, or the thousands of details that confuse and confound most of us, he would pause, consider his primary objective, and cut through the clutter. To use a modern cliché, he “kept his eyes on the prize.” For him, there was always a solution and he was determined to find it.

4. Gusto and love of life. Call it what you will, TR’s sheer enthusiasm often carried the day. His most common expression was a rollicking, hugely exaggerated shout of “DEEEElighted!” He loved people. He loved challenges and problems. He loved to laugh and he loved his work. He loved life and was not shy about it. People enjoyed being around him (even when they opposed him) and his passion and joy opened doors that would not have been available to others.

Obviously, we shouldn’t try to be anyone but ourselves. Each of us is unique and our highest and best is to be precisely and fully who we are. But we can and do learn from others. Unfortunately too often we learn “accidentally” and bad habits too easily find room in our lives. But we can also learn intentionally from the most successful and inspiring people we can find. Choose your models wisely. Your life depends on it.

      If you want to stop “running faster and living less”
      join us for the World Class Life Conference in May.
      Take time to relax, renew, and re-commit to your
      most important goals. Focus on practical STRATEGIES
      to create and LIVE the life you truly want. But act
      quickly! Space is limited and we always fill up.

4. Quotes of the Week

Every man dies. Not every man truly lives."
                                           -- Braveheart

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the
achievement of one's values."
                                           -- Ayn Rand

“Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.”
                                           -- Lauren Bacall

"Just as it is essential to know the difference between working hard and working smart, so we must understand the difference between creating something big, and creating something meaningful.
                                           -- Philip E. Humbert, PhD.

5. Strictly Business:  The 25% Rule

One of the ways I tell the difference between my goals and my various dreams, hopes and fantasies is by whether or not I track my progress. Dreams (like most New Year’s Resolutions) are wonderful fun. They inspire me and they let me escape to a world where everything works the way I wish it would.

Goals, on the other hand, are pesky. Yes, they are also fun because they determine my future, but they require a whole other set of skills and commitments.

Goals require strategies or plans. Goals require a reasonable way to “get there.” Goals make me think, solve problems, and often require teamwork or partnership with others.

Goals require measurement.

With dreams, hopes and fantasies, I can work on them as I have time or when I feel like it. Sometimes, I enjoy the dream so much I don’t actually do anything to make it happen. I use it like a movie to entertain myself, and that’s alright. But it doesn’t create results and it rarely changes my life.

Goals, on the other hand, require work and steady, predictable progress. This week is the end of the first quarter of 2008. The obvious question is, am I 25% of the way to achieving my goals for the year?

How about you? Have you deposited 25% of the income you targeted for the year? Have you made 25% of the sales? Have you called 25% of the people you said you would call this year? Have you lost the weight or read the books or spent the time with your loved ones that you said you would? If not, why not?

Take a moment this week to assess your progress. If you are on track, good for you! If not, evaluate your strategies to see if they’re working. If you aren’t where you intended to be, what changes will you make so that on June 30th you’ll be back on schedule?

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:  Letter From A Marine Recruit

Once again, my friend and regular humorist, Bill Barrows has come through with a classic. Be sure to read all the way to the very end – it’s worth the moment it’ll take. And enjoy!

Dear Ma and Pa:

I am well. Hope you are. Tell Brother Walt and Brother Elmer the Marine Corps beats working for old man Minch by a mile. Tell them to join up quick before maybe all of the places are filled. I was restless at first because you got to stay in bed till nearly 6 a.m., but am getting so I like to sleep late. Tell Walt and Elmer all you do before breakfast is smooth your cot and shine some things. No hogs to slop, feed to pitch, mash to mix, wood  to split, or fire to lay. Practically nothing. Men got to shave but it is not so bad, there's warm water.

Breakfast is strong on trimmings like fruit juice, cereal, eggs, bacon, etc., but kind of weak on chops, potatoes, ham, steak, fried eggplant, pie and other regular food, but tell Walt and Elmer you can always sit by two city boys that live on coffee. Their food plus yours holds you till noon when you get fed again.

It's no wonder these city boys can't walk much. We go on "route marches" the platoon sergeant says are long walks to harden us. If he thinks so, it's not my place to tell him different. A "route march" is about as far as to our mailbox at home. Then the city guys get sore feet and we all ride back in trucks. The country is nice but awful flat.

This next will kill Walt and Elmer with laughing. I keep getting medals for shooting. I don't know why. The bulls-eye is near as big as a chipmunk head and don't move, and it ain't shooting at you like the Higgett boys at home. All you got to do is lie there all comfortable and hit it. You don't even load your own cartridges. They come in boxes.

Then we have what they call hand-to hand combat training. You get to wrestle with them city boys. I have to be real careful though, they break real easy. It ain't like fighting with that ole bull at home. 

I'm about the best fighter they got except for that Tug Jordan from over in Silver Lake. I only beat him once. He joined up the same time as me, but I'm only 5'6" and 130 pounds, and he's 6'8" and weighs near 300 pounds dry. Be sure to tell Walt and Elmer to hurry and join up before other fellers get onto this setup and come stampeding in.
Your loving daughter,
Betty Sue



  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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