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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Who Gets to Achieve Success?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: How to Lose Customers, FAST!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Strange Hospital Chart Notations

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Success is built on skills that can be learned. The skills
come more easily to some than others, but anyone can nurture
their curiosity. Anyone can learn from a mentor. We can all
persist and "stay the course" in hard times. We can all
learn the skills and achieve success in life. So, Who gets
to achieve success? Anyone who will study, learn and use the
skills of highly successful people.

2. Welcome Notes

This has been a fun week! I asked for feedback on last
week's article, The New Science of Success, and the response
was wonderfully affirming! Most were simply positive, they
"liked" it. Some were effusive, it was my "best article
ever!" And a few had detailed questions about applying it in
various situations and whether science is really the best
approach to something as personal as success. Great
comments! Thank you all!

We occasionally get requests for back issues, so here's a
reminder that you can read last week's issue and most (not
all, but most) back issues at: 

Then, on Wednesday I got an email from my friend, Vic
Johnson, with a super price on recordings from Jim Rohn's 2-
day seminar. Jim Rohn was very special to me and I attended
the live events and have listened to the CD's many times. I
thought it was such a great offer that I immediately
forwarded it to you, and while I'll never know how many of
you jumped on it, many people did. And again, your feedback
was wonderful. I'm delighted whenever I can point you toward
valuable resources. If you didn't take advantage of it, Vic
tells me the offer will last 2-3 more days. You can check it
out at: 

Finally, this may be my last reminder to join us for the
World Class Life Conference. Time is running out -- our
dates are May 20-22nd -- and space is limited. People ask
"What will I get?" or "Why should I attend?" There are more
detail on the sales page, but you get at least three things:
You get clarity about your goals and the path to achieve
them. You get coaching to align your values, your lifestyle
and your goals. And you get time with some of the brightest,
most successful people I know. (That's a powerful
combination!) I hope you'll join us before time runs out!

3: Who Gets to Achieve Success?

Last week I introduced the New Science of Success and talked
about the four components of Who, What, Why and How some
people achieve extraordinary results. There truly is a
science, a formula or predictability to success. This week I
want to talk about Who achieves success.

We have long known that many so-called predictors of success
are totally unreliable. Rich kids end up as failures. Bright
kids end up working for other people. Attractive kids grow
up to be lonely. The most popular kids and best athletes do
no better (and often worse) than the "average" kids.
Ambitious kids flame out, and so forth.

So what does predict success? Who gets to achieve external
success (wealth, fame, power, prestige, etc) and the
internal blessing of happiness? What are the predictors of
success in both realms? Who are the winners who have the
things we want on the outside, while also having peace and
fulfillment on the inside? Who gets that???

There are specific skills and behaviors that highly
successful people share and the good news is that they are
not genetic! You do not have to be born "lucky!" You can
learn or acquire these things. Here are a few of the traits
and skills of highly successful people:

1. A paradox. Success is a "do-it-yourself" project and yet
no one gets there on their own. Successful people LEARN to
be successful by watching and emulating successful people.
Winners attend the seminars, take the classes, read the
books (including biographies) and work with coaches and
mentors. I was reminded of that this week when Vic sent his
special about the Jim Rohn recordings. Jim taught me a lot!
Hanging around him, watching him, learning from him was one
of the best investments I've ever made.

2. Simplicity. This is a very sophisticated concept and
has more to do with balance or clarity than with the number
of appointments on your calendar. I've met famous business
leaders who lead astonishingly quiet, orderly lives. Others
are busy, high-energy, on-the-go, making deals every day.
The outward "style" is not the issue. It's their inner quiet.
Successful people know who they are, keep their feet on the
ground, and are rarely stressed.

3. Focused ambition. Successful people are ambitious, but
their ambition is aimed at a very precise outcome. They work
hard, but they are rarely ambitious for "success." Rather,
they are focused on a precisely-defined result. Their ambition
is not to "be successful" or to "become" anything! Whether
their success is teaching a 5-year old to read or building a
global enterprise, their ambition is focused and specific.

4. Insatiable curiosity. Successful people know there is a
way to achieve their goals and they will try any legal,
ethical technique. They ask for suggestions, borrow ideas,
modify techniques, study and ponder until they find the
solutions. Remember Sir Isaac Newton and his insight about
the nature of the universe when an apple fell from a tree?
Successful people are eager, curious observers.

5. Determination without stubbornness. Again we're back to
a paradox. Successful people never stop. They are hard
working, persistent people who never, ever give up. But,
they can change their mind in an instant. They are open to
new information, a new way, a new solution and when they
find it, they can instantly change direction. No one sees
them as unpredictable or chaotic, but when they find a
better solution, they grab it.

Success is built on skills that can be learned. The skills
come more easily to some than others, but anyone can nurture
their curiosity. Anyone can learn from a mentor. We can all
persist and "stay the course" in hard times. We can all
learn the skills and achieve success in life. So, Who gets
to achieve success? Anyone who will study, learn and use the
skills of highly successful people.

4. Quotes of the Week

"It only takes one person to change your life -- you."
     -- Ruth Casey

"God gives talent, work transforms talent into genius."
     -- Anna Pavlova

"Change cannot be avoided... change provides the opportunity
for innovation. It gives you the chance to demonstrate your
     -- Felice Jones

ďLive with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard.
Practice wellness. Play with abandon. Laugh. Choose with no
regret. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.Ē
     -- Mary Anne Roadacher-Hershey

5. Strictly Business: How to Lose Customers, FAST!

I had an astonishingly bad experience with a major clothing
store this week, and I want to tell you about it. Perhaps it
will remind all of us that perceptions count and integrity

As a favor to my wife, I agreed to call a major catalog
retailer and order some summer outfits for her. I figured it
would take 10 minutes to call the number, order the items,
bill the credit card, and be done with it. And it might have
-- except for one little thing.

At the end of the call, the order taker asked permission to
"include information about our travel club" in the shipment.
I wasn't interested and vaguely replied that would be fine.
She then repeated the offer and said she needed a specific
yes or no. That got my attention and I started asking

It turns out that once I agreed to her offer, I was actually
agreeing to let them bill my credit card for membership in
the club unless I specifically declined within 30 days.
Later, a supervisor admitted that almost everyone ignores
the offer and throws it away with the paperwork in every
shipment. Then, 30 days later, the company bills their
credit cards.

I suppose what they are doing is perfectly legal, but I
found it outrageous! For a $39 membership fee they lost us
as customers, forever. In one stupid move, they trashed
their reputation, we no longer trust them, and we won't be

My point? Trust is a vital business asset. Honesty,
integrity, fairness and openness may be the "right" things,
but they are also the SMART things when it comes to
business! Never trick your customers! Never appear to take a
short-cut, and always make the customer glad they did
business with you.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1 The 15th Annual World Class Life Conference
     May 20-22nd in Beautiful Wisconsin!
     If not now, when?
     If not you, who? 

The most successful people in the world know who they are
and where they are going. 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

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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Every winning athlete, and successful business person has a
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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
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7. Humor: Strange Hospital Chart Notations

Once again, Bill Barrows has cheered my day and made me
laugh. Since Iíve been known to suffer from ďfoot in mouth
disease,Ē I take some comfort in knowing that even the best-
trained medical professionals in the world sometimes do the
same. Enjoy!

The lab test indicated abnormal lover function.

The baby was delivered, the cord clamped and cut, and handed
to the pediatrician, who breathed and cried immediately.

Exam of genitalia reveals that he is circus sized.

The skin was moist and dry.

The patient had waffles for breakfast and anorexia for lunch.

She stated that she had been constipated for most of her
life until 1989 when she got a divorce.

Between you and me, we ought to be able to get this lady

The patient was in his usual state of good health until his
airplane ran out of gas and crashed.

I saw your patient today, who is still under our car for
physical therapy.

Patient was alert and unresponsive.

When she fainted, her eyes rolled around the room.

The patient lives at home with his mother, father, and pet
turtle, who is presently in day care three times a week.

Bleeding started in the rectal area and continued all the
way to Los Angeles.

Both breasts are equal and reactive to light and

She is numb from her toes down.

Exam of genitalia was completely negative except for the
right foot.

While in the emergency room, she was examined, x-rated and
sent home.

The patient was to have a bowel resection. However, he took
a job as a stockbroker instead.

The patient suffers from occasional, constant, infrequent


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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