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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Getting Rich
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Tracking for Results
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  The World’s Thinnest Books

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1. The One-Minute TIP

These are turbulent times and the news media may bring bad news for a long time to come. I don’t know about that. But I do know each of us is in charge of our own decisions. We have the power to live well and we can encourage others to do the same. We can do our work and build a great life. We can save for the future and make a difference in our community. And along the way we can love well, and maybe have some fun!

2. Welcome Notes

What a wonderful week! Mary and I had four days in Portland—granted it’s not Paris or Tahiti, but we stayed at a grand old downtown hotel, ate at wonderful restaurants and had time to explore and relax. Funny thing, even after all these years, dating is still fun! I recommend it. Take time with a loved one and do something special. I’m convinced it “doesn’t cost, it pays!”

On a different note, with spring comes transition and it looks like I’ll have two or three openings for new clients. I’m usually booked full, but if you are interested in coaching to achieve more and better results, email me so we can set up an initial interview. There’s no charge and it gives us a chance to get acquainted before making any commitments. Send an email to:  and let me know what you’d like to accomplish.

Finally, we had several last-minute cancellations for the World Class Life Conference this week. A couple were work-related, others had family conflicts, but it creates an opportunity for you! We have a half-dozen spots available and if you’d like one, claim it now! Take three days to design the life you truly want and (more important) design strategies to make sure it happens! This powerful conference changes lives and I would love to have you join us. Take action, grab one of these openings! 

3:  Getting Rich

We live in turbulent economic times and the headlines are full of alarms. Of course, that’s what sells newspapers and attracts attention. After all, the networks won’t sell many ads for a broadcast that headlines, “Nice Day, Millions are Safe and Happy!”

At the same time, I’ve received an astounding number of calls and emails from people facing real panic over home foreclosures, lay-offs, health or education costs. I have no idea why I’m suddenly getting these emails—it’s a new thing compared to past years—but they concern me. While I hope the fear is largely based on media hype, for individual families, the anxiety is real.

Obviously, millions around the world (this is not just an American problem) are faced with rising prices, especially for food. We’re faced with economic uncertainty and in too many cases, with real emergencies. Some of us are losing our jobs, our homes, even our hope. This is not acceptable!

Fortunately, history shows that over time things tend to get better, but what about the family who needs help today? As individuals and as groups, I think we should be upset about this. We need to get involved.

We need community conversations about globalization, housing costs, health care and job training. Fortunately, most TIPS subscribers live in democracies where we can voice our opinions. We can agree, or disagree. We can share our point of view—especially if we are willing to listen to opposing viewpoints. In this election year, get involved. I’m not suggesting any particular candidate, party or perspective, but I think democracy is a good thing and it works best when people get in the game.

On a personal level, however, I think we also need to be dramatically more aggressive about individual responsibility. I’m going to say some very blunt things, and some of you will disagree. Good for you! But here’s my point of view:

1. Debt is bad. Most of us live beyond our means. As individuals and as a nation, we are addicted to spending money we don’t have. Consumer and credit card debt is nuts! Pay off debt and set yourself free.

2. Greed is bad. Many (not all!) foreclosures happen because buyers got caught-up with brokers and took “leverage” to ridiculous extremes. People bought homes, cars, vacations, and other things counting on rising incomes and luck to bail them out. Like any form of gambling, over time the casino wins and the players lose. Every time.

3. Ambition is good. I love setting goals and having big dreams. A healthy desire to create, to have more and live better is good and it’s best when based on solid plans, hard work, and patience. In building a great life, some boredom and routine are good. Adrenalin is usually a bad sign.

4. Saving is good. The hardest part of getting rich is accumulating the first $20,000 in savings. Week by week, putting money in a savings account is something any child can learn, and it’s the first step to wealth. Live below your means, save a little every month. Getting rich fast is exciting, but rare. Getting rich slowly is easy and absolutely reliable.

5. Investing is good. The second step to getting rich (after learning to save) is investing for growth. I’m talking about Warren Buffet’s attitude of steady, predictable growth over a lifetime. If you want to speculate with some of your hard-earned savings, I suppose that’s alright, but never confuse speculation with investment. They are different games and have different results.

These are turbulent times and the news media may bring bad news for a long time to come. I don’t know about that. But I do know each of us is in charge of our own decisions. We have the power to live well and we can encourage others to do the same. We can do our work and build a great life. We can save for the future and make a difference in our community. And along the way we can love well, and maybe have some fun!

      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 fills up. 

4. Quotes of the Week

“A moment of choice is a moment of truth. It’s the testing point of our character and competence.”
                                       -- Stephen Covey

“The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.”
                                       -- Dostoyevsky

“You have to say no to the old ways before you can begin to find the new yes you need.”
                                       -- Betty Friedan

“Nature gives you the face you have at 20; it is up to you to merit the face you have at 50.”
                                       -- Gabrielle (Coco) Chanel

5. Strictly Business:  Tracking for Results

I had a particularly important conversation with a client this week. He has built a wonderful business that is approaching $2 million in annual sales, and he realized that while he works hard every day, he is unclear about what his MOST IMPORTANT results or outcomes need to be.

Should he focus on sales or leadership? Is he supposed to be the visionary, or should he be supervising the line staff to keep everything under control?

Every task has one or two KEY outcomes and it is absolutely vital that you know what they are.

In sales, your key outcome is almost certainly the dollar volume of sales you make during each reporting period. But to make that number, you have to know what the key factors are!

Over time, do you get more and better results from making cold calls or from servicing past clients? Are you more productive attending networking functions, or having lunch with your biggest customer? Does advertising work, or are your sales built through long-lasting relationships?

The answer will vary by industry, by company, and according to your individual skills, personality and interests, but it is absolutely essential that you KNOW what your key results are, and the BEST way to achieve them.

Keep records, talk with colleagues, read, listen to audio programs and take classes, and most important of all, take time to analyze what works best for you!

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: The World’s Thinnest Books

My friend and colleague, Kristie Tamsevicious, sent this list a long time ago and I just came across it again. I love this! Warning: some of these are certainly not “politically correct” (a few border on just plain mean!) but they are sharp and very funny. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Enjoy these: Titles of the World’s Thinnest Books

by Jacques Chirac

by Jane Fonda

by Janet Reno

by John Denver

by Dan Marino

by Hillary Clinton

by Osama Bin Laden

by Bill Gates

by Dennis Rodman

by Al Gore


DETROIT: a Travel Guide

by Dr. J. Kevorkian



by Ellen de Generes

by Mike Tyson

by the EPA


by O. J. Simpson

And the world's Number One Thinnest Book ........

by Bill Clinton
with introduction  
by The Rev. Jessie Jackson



   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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