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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Creating, Living and Loving a GREAT Life!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  Coaching for Profits
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Classic Burma Shave Signs

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Set it as your minimum standard to live a GREAT life, to make a difference and have some fun! Eventually, down the road one day, we all look back and assess our life and when that time comes, we want to smile, knowing we did it right. Set that as your standard, and go for it.

2.  Welcome Notes

I hope you're year is off to an exciting start! Around here the holiday decorations are stored for another year, and that's always a bit sad, but it does seem like we're energized and "ready!" There's stuff to do, projects to complete and all sorts of challenges for the new year. Let's make it a good one!

One serious note—Long-time subscribers know I'm a "bug" about smoke and fire detectors in your home. Many of you recall my reminders to change the batteries. (If you didn't do that New Year's Day, do it TODAY!) Well, I just discovered that these things expire! Who knew? Two of our carbon monoxide detectors recently went bad and it turns out they are labeled to replace every 7 years. If you have old smoke or fire detectors, do your family a huge favor—check them, replace the batteries and if your units are several years old, replace the entire unit. It's the cheapest insurance you can buy.

And now (trumpets please!) it's time to announce our 15th annual World Class Life Conference! The dates are May 20-22. We do this in Wisconsin at one of the finest retreat centers in the world! Every year many of you wait for this announcement and after fifteen years, I expect this will be our LAST annual conference. I know many of you have been planning and hoping to join us "one of these years." Well, this is your last chance and I'm certain we'll fill up. Get all the info and register at: 

Second, this is also your last chance to join us for the "Get 'er Done in 2010" coaching calls, workbooks and support to help you stay focused and on-track to make this your most productive year ever! We all know the frustrations of the traditional "do it myself" routine. It doesn't work very well. If you're serious about your goals and making 2010 your Best Year Ever, this is an absolute bargain! Sign up today!

Finally, I've got a brand new "Freebie of the Month" for you! It's a 4-Step guide to creating, living and celebrating a World Class Life. I think you will love it and find it very helpful as you set priorities and plan your new year. I hope you'll grab a copy, read it, and most importantly, USE IT! As always, my only request is that you "pay it forward" by encouraging friends and colleagues to also get their copy at:

3:  Creating, Living and Loving a GREAT Life!

What does a GREAT life mean to you? That is one of the most important questions an adult can ask – and answer.

Too many of us never really consider the question. We fantasize about having money or fame or perhaps owning a house in the Hamptons or retiring young enough to do what we "really want to do," but we never rigorously decide exactly what our one and only, unique, GREAT LIFE should look like.

We all know that a great life does not happen by accident. A great life is not easy and it does not come with a diploma, a promotion, getting married (or divorced), having kids or retiring early. It cannot be inherited and it never comes as an accessory with the "goodies" of life. Sure, lots of money, a penthouse apartment, political power or winning the Nobel Prize are wonderful things and I encourage you to aspire to ALL of them.

But none of them will guarantee you a great life.

It seems to me that a GREAT life has a grand purpose, a central theme and a unifying vision. A great life is a lifestyle that is chosen "on purpose" and is lived in the service of a vision greater than itself. A great life is living "a life of one's own" and it is invested, not merely spent.

Second, it seems to me that a GREAT life makes a great contribution.  A great life uses its talents and abilities to make the world better for all of us. A great life stands up, speaks out, and gets things done. A GREAT life makes a difference and leaves the world better than we found it.

Third, it seems to me that a GREAT life leaves a path for others to follow. It is good to do great things; it's even better to do great things and teach others to follow your lead. A GREAT life leaves a legacy. A GREAT life inspires the next generation to go further, reach farther, dream bigger and achieve more.

I am convinced that every one of us has the right to a GREAT life. Greatness is not reserved for a lucky few, for the rich or the powerful, for the artistic or for any other category of people. A GREAT life is the birthright of every human being, whether we express greatness by designing tall buildings, or by teaching children to stand tall.

Greatness is our birthright, whether we express ourselves in business or government, in art or music, in parenting, or in any of the thousands of so-called "small" things. Most people remember a special teacher, and many of us had an uncle who taught us to whistle or a grandmother who taught us to read. Perhaps there was a neighbor who taught us to fish, who gave us our first job, or dared us to persevere when things were hard.

I love the story of the "star thrower," about a man walking on a beach after a storm, throwing starfish back into the ocean so they won't die on the shore. Someone criticizes him for wasting his time, noting there are millions of starfish, and the few he saves won't make much difference. The man silently bends over, throws a starfish into the surf and replies, "It made a difference for that one."

Set it as your minimum standard to live a GREAT life, to make a difference and to have fun doing it! Eventually, down the road one day, we all look back and assess our life and when that time comes, we want to smile, knowing we did it right. Set that as your standard, and go for it!

       Designing and building a World Class Life(tm) is what
       our May Conference is about – looking at values and
       aspirations, at strategies and practical steps. Space
       has sold out almost every year, and I expect space
       will go quickly this year, too, especially since it will be
       our last year! You deserve this wonderful experience,
       so take action, check it out and sign up!

4.  Quotes of the Week

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility."
      --  Albert Einstein

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not."
      --  George Bernard Shaw

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."
      --  T. S. Eliot

“Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash.”
       --  Harriet Rubin

5.  Strictly Business:  Coaching for Profits

Over the years, Michael Gerber has become famous for his recommendation that business leaders “work on their business more than they work in their business.” This week I saw a classic example of that problem!

Successful entrepreneurs are absolutely passionate about their business! They love it. They love making sales. They love the opportunity, and they will do whatever it takes to be successful.

They do everything except maintain perspective.

Remember the old dictum that “if you fail to plan you are planning to fail?” This week I talked with a wonderful guy who’s business is doing pretty well. He’s making money and the business grew about 15% last year. Not bad. Except he’s swamped. He’s stressed and frustrated and he knows he needs a coach. So he called me.

During our 40-minute call, he was interrupted and put me on hold three times! When we talked about coaching, he told me he didn’t think he would have the time for it! He desperately needs to make some changes, but he’s too busy! He’s drowning and doesn’t have time to learn to swim.

When you’re busy, you need a coach! Athletes spend more time with their coaches DURING the season, than during the off-season, right? The time to pause, close the door and talk with your coach is when things are hectic, when things are going well, when you’re busy!

If you’re working “in” your business too much, if you’re working long hours, and know things “should” be better, send me an email. Let’s get on the phone and talk about it. There really is a better way! When you’re ready for a change, please contact me. My email is:

6.  Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1  The 15th and FINAL World Class Life Conference
      May 20-22nd in Beautiful Wisconsin!

Living well can be defined as living "a life of one's own." Too many of us spend our lives working hard, racing from here to there and chasing other people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You DESERVE time to focus on yourself! You deserve time to clarify your major purpose and highest aspirations in life! You deserve practical, powerful strategies to make your dreams come true!

Of course you do! And the winners in life TAKE the time. They INVEST in themselves, their skills and their goals. They network with the best people they can find. They attend the seminars. They plot strategy and make sure they are "on course" and focused on their most important priorities.

A great life does not happen by accident or by working "harder" and hoping for the best. Success in life – total, balanced, fulfilling success – is the logical result of doing the right things, in the right order, at the right time. The WCL has been THE turning point for many, many people over the years. It gives you the tools and the time, the space and permission to focus on what you truly want for this one and only life. It gives you strategies that work, and the inspiration to work them. This May, make the commitment to create and live the life you truly want!

I hope you'll join us. Get all the info and register at:

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7.  Humor:  Classic Burma Shave Signs!

I assume most TIPS readers are too young to remember these old signs along America’s country roads, but Bill Barrow’s forwarded these to me and for those “of a certain age” they bring back wonderful memories. And, they are good reminders for you “young ones” as well. Enjoy!

Remember these? For those who never saw the Burma Shave signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's and '40's. Before the Interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers' fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream. Here are some of the actual signs:

Burma Shave

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Burma Shave

Burma Shave

Burma Shave

Burma Shave

Burma Shave

Burma Shave

Burma Shave

And my all time favorite:
Burma Shave



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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