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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, March 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.  Your Winning Combo: Basketball and Saxophones
4.  Quotes of the Week
5.  Strictly Business: Advertising, Promotion & Marketing
6.  Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7.  Humor: Lessons Iíve Learned

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Winners value the power of planning and persistence. They
are comfortable with budgets and details. (They appreciate
the saying, "the devil is in the details.") And they can
dazzle with their speed! They play to win. They know when to
take chances, seize the moment and take the shot. Get good
at both.

2. Welcome Notes

First thing -- I've got a new Freebie of the Month! It's the
BEST personal money management system I've ever found! It's
simple, it can make you rich and the cool part -- my
Grandmother invented it! (Well, she and a few other people.)
A friend reminded me of it a few years ago and we've used it
every month since. Almost everyone is interested in money
(especially the "having more of it" part!) and I think
you'll like it! Grab your FREE copy of "Wealth Made Simple"

As always, I ask that you "pay it forward" and encourage
your friends to get their own copy. Simple send an email to
family and friends with the link (above) and let them know.
I think thousands of folks are going to want this!

And I've got to brag about our World Class Life Conference.
Every year lots of people come back again! That makes me
extremely proud. (How many conferences are so good you go
back a second time!?) This week a man wrote that he is
coming back and bringing his sister with him! This
Conference brings people together and I always encourage
couples to come together. It's a beautiful setting with
POWERFUL content and great people. If you've been "thinking
about it" -- take action! Check it out. Call me if you have
questions. But above all, register! 

And a mea culpa. For two weeks I've bragged about our spring
weather. I knew that was bad. I shouldn't "rub it in" and we
all know Nature "bats last." Well, we've had cold rain and
sleet this week. That's hardly penance compared to the deep
snows and blizzards many of you suffered this winter, but it
does take some of the bounce out of my walks with Tucker.
Just thought I'd fess up.

3: Your Winning Combo: Basketball and Saxophones

This week a long-time subscriber (and one of our registrants
for WCL in May) wrote that recent TIPS have emphasized
focus, stability, persistence and sticking with a plan. He
agreed that those are good things and success does require a
calm head -- but he objected that success also requires
speed, agility, a willingness to take risks, the ability to
identify the next great opportunity and quickly jump in with
both feet.

I agree.

But I don't think it's an "either-or."

In working with clients and speaking to hundreds of groups
over the years, I have the impression that most people think
of a continuum, with slow, steady-as-you-go planners on one
end, and quick, eager, "Type A" folks on the other end. The
idea is that each of us falls somewhere on that line. And,
of course, we move back and forth from day to day. Some days
we're steady and calm, the next restless or excited. But
basically, each of us tends to be either a "turtle" or a
"race horse."

There may be some truth to that, but it's only part of the

Since this is March and college basketball is all over
television, the example that popped into my head is that we
each have a certain skill level (training, talent, interest,
etc) for basketball. Some of us are very good at it, some
are average, and some have no interest at all. But our
talent and ability on the basketball court has nothing to do
with our ability to play the saxophone.

Sorry for what may be a clumsy analogy, but the point is
vitally important.

Highly successful people have found the "sweet spot" in
terms of two very different skills.

They can plan without procrastinating. They are steady and
focused and calm without being boring or slow. They have
found the magic and power of knowing who they are, where
they're going, what they want, and how they'll get it. They
have plans and blueprints, budgets and priorities. They are
organized without being obsessive. They are flexible and can
change plans when necessary, but they are rarely confused.
In terms of my analogy, they can sit and practice the
saxophone until they get very good at it. Kenny G. -- eat
your heart out!

At the same time, they play a mean game of b-ball! They know
about speed and quickness. They know about passion,
excitement, competition, the noise of the crowd and the
potential for enormous success, fame and fortune. They know
when to charge and when to hold back. They know when to take
the shot, when to pass and when to slow things down.

I'm convinced that high levels of success requires both
skills, in abundance.

Some of us are natural planners and organizers. Setting
goals, staying on-budget, and persistence come easily, and
that's good! But you might ask yourself if playing more
"basketball" would give you even more success. Never let
planning turn into procrastination! Never let yourself
become "risk-averse." Take chances. Get in the game. Follow
the action. Win or lose, play big!

And if action, adrenaline, passion and excitement are your
natural world, and sometimes you jump in or start over too
soon, you might benefit from having a better plan.
Basketball is good! Speed and drama are good! But winning
teams always have a game-plan. Speed, passion and action
based on a clear plan is much better than a one-time 3-

I see these as two distinct skills and winners value both of
them. They know the power of planning and persistence. They
are comfortable with budgets and details. (They appreciate
the saying, "the devil is in the details.") And they can
dazzle on the hardwood! They play to win. They know when to
take chances, seize the moment and take the shot. Get good
at both.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Nothing happens unless first a dream."
-- Carl Sandburg

"Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who
dared believe
that something inside them was superior to circumstance."
-- Bruce Barton

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

"Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow!"
-- Norman Vincent Peale

5. Strictly Business: Advertising, Promotion & Marketing

I've been struck by the glut of advertising coming my way.
Spam and junk mail are full of it, television is full of it,
even magazines seem to have more. And, I don't buy it.

I've often written that businesses cannot "advertise their
way to success." Of course there is a time and place for
advertising. You have to let people know you exist, and you
need to make a splash with new products or new services.
Advertising is a good thing. But most businesses can't buy
enough of it to build lasting success.

And promotion, particularly self-promotion, has a similar
limitation. Obviously, if you believe in a product or
service, you must tell people about it and invite them to
buy. You owe that to yourself, and to customers who need and
want your service. Promotion has its place -- I've certainly
promoted my World Class Life Conference. Would you sign up
if I didn't tell you about it? Of course not! (Check it out
and join us at:!)

But in the end, marketing is a different animal. Marketing
is about your reputation. It's about customer satisfaction
and retention. It's about your relationships. Marketing is
about letting people know who you are, what you do and what
you offer. (Never keep yourself a secret! There is no
advantage in being shy!) Marketing is about YOU more than
your product or service. It's about your reputation, your
level of responsibility and your follow-through.

In the end, most marketing is free. It's the natural result
of being proud of who you are and doing your work to the
best of your ability.

Many small businesses would be far ahead to scrap their
advertising budget entirely and invest the money in
themselves, their skills, the quality of their products, and
their relationships.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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major purpose and highest aspirations in life! You deserve
practical, powerful strategies to make your dreams come

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,
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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
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7. Humor: Lessons Iíve Learned

Larry Katz sent me these gems. Some are familiar, but many
are new (at least to me) and they all make me smile. Enjoy!
(And, thanks for sending them! If you see word-plays or
"bumper-slickers" please send them along. I love this

Now that I'm 'older' (but refuse to grow up), here's what
I've discovered:

I. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and All Bran.

3. I finally got my head together; now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent minded...

5. All reports are in; life actually is unfair.

6. If all is not lost, where is it?

7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

8. Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been

13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is
when you're in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he would have put
them on my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does
everyone decide to play chess?

16. It's not hard to meet expenses... they're everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the
hereafter. I go somewhere to get something and then wonder
what I'm here after.


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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