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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Foolish Speed or Tragic Delay?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Lessons of Toyota
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 doesn't
work for them. But others are built for speed. They see
opportunity and feel they must act quickly. That’s fine, too!
People are different! Whatever your preferred style, design
your life and create boundaries so you are (mostly) exposed
to the type of opportunities that work best for you.

2. Welcome Notes


And yes, that applies to couples, singles, children and
grandparents -- everyone who's special and loved in our
lives. Tell them! (And show them!) While I hope you eagerly
read TIPS first thing every Sunday, for today, I have to
admit giving a hug, making breakfast, or calling someone to
let them know they're loved might be even more important.

And on that note, the response to my February Freebie, "101
Most Romantic Things" has been FANTASTIC! I sent a reminder
this week, and over 2200 people responded! Some people wrote
they couldn't get through, so I suspect my server was over-
whelmed! You'll enjoy it -- and you've got nothing to lose!
Just, please, "pay it forward" and let your friends know.
They'll enjoy it, too. Get your free copy at:  

Finally, I want to find the right balance between a respectful
"soft-sell" and urgent "hard-sell" regarding our World Class
Life Conference in May. Time's flying and every year I get
last-minute requests from people who procrastinate until we're
sold out. Please REGISTER THIS WEEK! Don't let this WCL
Conference get away from you!

It's a GOOD THING! It's a great program with fantastic
speakers in a magnificent setting, but even more, it's a
time for YOU. It's time to think, to focus and plan, to meet
other top performers and create the life you truly want. If
you want to live your life to its fullest and build the life
of your dreams -- Don't miss this!

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 pressure 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 know you "should" join us, don't put it off. (And bring
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3:  Foolish Speed or Tragic Delay?

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 told "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 more organized, and 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 set in 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, his wife died in childbirth and in his grief, Roosevelt
made his first trip to the Dakota Bad Lands. When his guide
quit, 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 impulse to "plunge ahead" with the
cautious 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 doesn't work for
them, and that’s fine! But others are built for speed. They
see opportunity and want to act quickly. That’s good, too!
People are different and have different styles. Whatever
your preferred style, success comes from designing your life
and creating boundaries so you are (mostly) exposed to the
opportunities that work best for you.

But secondly, successful people understand and work with the
limitations of their preferred style.

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, these quick opportunities won’t fit your
natural preferences. Design your life so that, as often as
possible, you have the time you need for thoughtful, careful

Others prefer the drama and thrill of speed. If that’s your
preference, design systems that create lots of opportunities
where you can "grab and go." But, be aware of the downside
risk. Some impulses, like driving too fast, can end in

Finally, learn the art of flexibility. Few people are so
extreme one way 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, 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 your instinct is to jump
in quickly, caution is advised. Winners recognize the
difference and respond appropriately.

The key to success is not your inherent personality, but
using it 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 Lessons of Toyota

Much has been written about the recent "trials of Toyota"
and this disaster will be studied in management schools for
years to come. But you and I don't have time to wait!

You and I run small businesses and, for many of us, these
are tough times. The economy is slow and even customers who
have money are shy about parting with it. Loans are few and
hard to get. Cutting expenses conflicts with spending more
on advertising or even investing in cost-cutting technology.
Times are tough for millions of small and medium-size
businesses and the last thing we need is a "Toyota moment!"

Obviously, smart people will analyze what went wrong but two
lessons seems clear to me:

1. Performance counts. Whether it's safety or quality,
keeping our promises, showing up on time, or going
the "extra mile," business is about integrity! I get very
tired of folks who say business is about ripping people off
or taking advantage of the customer. Nothing is further from
the truth and Toyota proves it. Good business requires
absolute and total honesty. Performance counts! Keep your
promises, every time.

2. Fix mistakes immediately. No matter how hard we try,
eventually something goes wrong. Someone drops the ball,
forgets a vital ingredient, misses a meeting, or makes the
wrong decision. It happens. The key is knowing it's going to
happen eventually and having fool-proof SYSTEMS to deal with
it when it does.

Tom Peters wrote long ago that the most successful companies
are not the most organized or most rule-bound. Quite the
opposite! Successful companies are honest, open, truth-
telling enterprises and they are responsive! They catch
mistakes early (and often!). They fix them! They take care
of the customer.

And so should you. I'm convinced the best and most
profitable businesses are entirely focused on the customer.
They tell the truth, keep their promises, and when mistakes
happen, they clean up the mess!

If your business could use more focus, more innovation,
better systems and better execution, call me! Let's talk
about coaching for excellence and turn this recession to
your company's (and your customers!) advantage!

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Of course you do! The winners in life take time. They invest
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7. Humor: Painful Puns Just Ahead!

My brain isn’t quick at creating puns and clever word-plays,
and maybe that’s why I love them so much. I often call them
“bumper slickers” and really appreciate people who have the
gift for these things. I've used variations of this list
before but when it showed up in my mailbox this week, it made
me chuckle all over again! Enjoy! (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,
Resources for Success!(tm)
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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