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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, May 18, 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 Top 10 Reasons for Personal Retreats
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Reverse of “All Hat and No Cattle”
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor:  Wedding Bell Wisdom

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1. The One-Minute TIP

There are a thousand reasons to attend a great conference or personal retreat, and only two excuses not to, “I don’t have time or desire.” Don’t let that happen to you! I’m obviously biased and hope you’ll put our WCL on your calendar for May, 2009, but there are hundreds of opportunities to mix with brilliant people, learn the skills and create the life your truly want. Seize the opportunity!

2. Welcome Notes

This week I once again got to experience the World Class Life Conference. Every year this little conference brings together a fantastic group of people in a unique and wonderful location. We talked and laughed, sometimes we debated but always we focused on the skills, tools and attitudes of a truly "world class" life.

About 150 years ago, Henry Thoreau made his famous observation that most people "live lives of quiet desperation" and our goal is to transform that so that "most people" lives of joy, peace, passion and prosperity. We walked by the lake, we reveled in the beauty of nature and we encouraged one another to "go further" in the pursuit of happiness. I hope next year you will join us for this unique experience. Our dates in 2009 are May 14-16th. Please mark it on your calendar now so you won't forget!

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3: The Top 10 Reasons for Personal Retreats

So many wonderful things happened during our WCL Conference, it’s hard to know where to start. I’m going to use the “Top 10” format for some clarity about why I’m so excited about the value of personal retreats.

Obviously I’m totally biased and absurdly partisan when it comes to this particular Conference. Everyone should join us, at least once! (And like most good things, once is never enough!) But to keep this at least somewhat objective, let me do a little bragging about these three days first, then we’ll get to the larger picture.

We laughed and celebrated, we ate together, we debated. People took long solitary walks, spent time with their journals or on the phone with loved ones, and we gathered in groups to talk about life’s most important challenges. Mostly, these are talented people with great lives—who took time to make things even better! We had fun, and in the months and years to come, the dividends will keep on rolling! But let me get to the Top 10 Reasons For Personal Retreats:

1. What We Focus On Expands. It’s so easy to focus on the trivial in our daily lives. We go to work, run errands, follow our routine until we forget to focus on the Big Picture. Where you are going in life? What’s important? What do you want? What needs to change? Focus on these things.

2. Personal Retreats Give Perspective. If we look at anything too closely, it becomes overly complex and we begin to micro-manage it. Time and distance allow us to regain our balance and notice where we’ve gone off-course.

3. Personal Retreats are Healthy. Our bodies need time to re-charge and renew. Obviously, vacations do this, along with “Mental Health Days,” but there is something special about a personal retreat. They lower the blood pressure and elevate the spirit. They ease tension and energize our lives.

4. Personal Retreats Stimulate the Mind. Vacations can dull the mind and body, but retreats fire the imagination. Mixing with bright, talented people from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives allows us to “think the unthinkable and imagine the impossible.” Anything seems do-able. Bigger really is better!

5. Personal Retreats Create Magic. Conferences and retreats throw us together with people of like-mind and diverse backgrounds. When we share our joys and solutions with talented, eager people, magic happens.

6. Personal Retreats Create Sacred Space. Conferences allow time and space to transform our lives. Whether it’s a quiet room in a business hotel, visiting a museum, or walking the 1000 acres of Green Lake, retreats invite us to take notes, ponder over a cup of tea, and enrich our lives in amazing ways.

7. Personal Retreats Help Us Know Ourselves. Socrates said, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” That may be extreme, but sometimes we do forget who we are, what we value, or what we want in life. Retreats let us look in the mirror, make discoveries and take notes on our own lives.

8. Personal Retreats Challenge Us. Remember the old slogan, “Be All You Can Be?” Retreats make us bigger people. We get more air in our lungs and fresh ideas in our heads. Retreats help us grow taller, stronger and more confident. This is good!

9. Sometimes We Learn New Stuff. Personally, I often consider the “expert” at the front of the room the least important reason to attend a Conference, but once in a while, a new perspective or a vital idea does make everything better. To make life better, get where things are better. Put yourself where success and ideas and skills are likely to hit you!

10. Networking is Good. Sometimes it’s not personal, it’s business. Retreats connect us with people we might never meet otherwise, and when creative, talented, goal-oriented people get together, deals happen. New ideas flow, synergies are discovered and people make money!

There are a thousand reasons to attend a great conference, seminar or personal retreat, and really only two excuses not to, “I don’t have time or desire.” Don’t let that happen to you!

As I say, I’m obviously biased and hope you’ll put our WCL on your calendar for May, 2009. But there are hundreds of wonderful opportunities to mix with brilliant people and create the life your truly want. Seize the opportunity!

4. Quotes of the Week

"Follow your bliss."
                                          -- Joseph Campbell

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's own self."
                                          -- Montaigne

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

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
                                          -- Goethe

5. Strictly Business:  The Reverse of “All Hat and No Cattle”

One of the saddest mistakes I see professionals and businesses owners make is the reverse of the phrase, “all hat and no cattle.” I’ve been told the phrase is an insult in Texas and refers to someone who has a big mouth and little or no follow-through. The reverse of that is to build a GREAT enterprise, with little or no marketing.

Every week, I work with professionals and entrepreneurs who provide a great product or service, people who have invested and taken risks to create a great business, only to watch it struggle for lack of customers. Why?

A common pattern is that they (1) are not good at marketing and (2) they compound the problem by refusing to invest in marketing!

Yes, they may throw a little money at advertising. They may have attended a workshop or even paid a consultant at some point, but they fail to understand the dynamics of marketing and they refuse to get better at it!

Remember the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over, while expecting a different result!”

Consider this scenario, which is all too frequent: a passionate professional invests many years and thousands of dollars in education. They love their work and they are very good at it. So they do a little “marketing,” then they wait, hoping their expertise and passion will attract customers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen.

Or I see business owners who put their life savings into a new business because to provide a great service at a fair price. But since everything’s invested in the business, there’s no money, time or energy for marketing and within a year, the business closes it’s doors. What a waste! The community loses a valuable service, and the owner loses the business and their life savings.

Invest in marketing! And perhaps more important, invest in learning HOW to market. There are lots of great trainings, books and manuals to help you! If you don’t have enough customers, treat it as a skill problem and master it!

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7. Humor: Wedding Bell Wisdom

Collections of kids’ wisdom about love and marriage have been around for a long time and when my friend and colleague, Paul Simpson sent me these, I thought they were too cute to pass up. I share them again in the hope they'll give you a nice chuckle.


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you find out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10


When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8


I don't know which is better, but I'll tell you one thing. I'm never going to have sex with my wife. I don't want to be all grossed out.
-- Theodore, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

And the #1 Favorite is........

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a truck.
-- Ricky, age 10



   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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