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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Are Your Goals Worth The Candle?
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Only Do What You Do Best
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Name That Gender

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1. The One-Minute TIP

The Science of Success™ requires that you honestly assess
the costs and decide whether your goal is worthwhile to you.
If it is, you are on your way and success is assured. If the
goal is not worth the "candle" you can dream and "try" all
you want, but success is rarely obtained on the cheap. Be
clear about this. Your long-term motivation, and thus your
results, depend on it.

2. Welcome Notes

Oh, those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer! According to the
calendar summer arrives this week, but looking out the
window tells me it may take another couple of weeks here in
Oregon. Nevertheless, the days are long, the deck is
inviting, and my dog, Tucker, and I enjoy our walks and he
loves running off-leash in the fields. He's almost two and
has mastered the wonderful skill of running "flat-footed" so
the mud in the ditches makes little geysers as he goes. Even
thought it means standing patiently while his human stupidly
hoses him off in the driveway, it's worth it!

What are your most delightful celebrations of summer? Enjoy
them! Picnics, hiking, taking the kids to ballgames,
swimming or camping, whatever it is, promise to do more of
it this year than last. We never know how many summers we
have left. Don't let this one get away from you!

And, reversing course for a moment, also commit to using
this summer to advance boldly toward your most important
goals. Let other people take the entire summer off, but not
you! Let others waste these long, wonderful days, but not
you! Stay focused. Stay on-course, on-budget and on-
schedule. Plan well, and execute your plans. While others
rest or take long vacations, while others fall behind and
get distracted, move in the direction of your most important
priorities. Come fall, you'll be glad you did.

3: Are Your Goals Worth The Candle?

This spring, I've written about the New Science of Success™,
the concept that achievement can be predicted based on
specific principles. The theme is, "Success is the
predictable result of consistently applying the
fundamentals." Success, from riding a bicycle to building a
business is essentially an engineering problem. Do the right
things, in the right way, at the right time, and your
success is assured.

Several people have asked how motivation fits into the
equation. They argue that skills, financing, even timing can
be controlled, or at least influenced with good plans and
good execution. But they feel that motivation is different.
It's subjective. It's emotional, variable, and elusive. Aha!
They claim, "Doing the right things may be a science, but
having the energy and motivation to do them is deeply
personal and not scientific at all."

As you might suspect, I beg to differ.

Motivation—passion, energy, enthusiasm, determination and
persistence—are relatively easy to understand. We never lack
for motivation when we are profoundly convinced that our
goals are worth the effort. The real question is, are your
goals worth "burning the candle at both ends?"

Think of a small child who wants a cookie despite the fact
that mother has said no, and inconveniently stored them in a
cookie jar, on the top shelf, in the cupboard, out of reach.
For a really determined ("motivated") kid, this is not a
problem. You push your high-chair over to the counter. You
hoist the kitchen stool onto the counter. You climb the
chair, walk across the counter, stand on the stool and enjoy
your cookie. No problem!

This is the Science of Success™ at it's finest! The child
has a clearly defined objective, a plan and the motivation
to go for it. Good cookies usually result.

For adults with more elaborate goals, any number of speed-
bumps can occur. Because adult goals often require far more
steps than a child's plan to obtain illicit cookies, adults
tend to over-look vital steps or fail to recruit appropriate
partners, coaches or staff.

But three problems with "motivation" are often at the core
of adult frustration and failure.

The first problem is discouragement. These people count the
number of attempts they've made and at some point, they give
up. They look for short-cuts or better systems or easier
solutions. That can be smart if there truly are faster,
easier ways to obtain the desired result. But sometimes
there are no short-cuts and the search for a "better" way is
just a distraction on the way to defeat.

The second problem is, frankly, pride. "I've tried
everything I can think of and nothing works." Most of us
have been there, done that. But it's not true! If other
people have gotten the cookie, so can you! The key mistake
is doing everything "I" can think of! Get better training,
better coaching, better support! Ask better questions.
Interview the kids who are happily munching their cookies
and ask how they did it. Most of the time, they'll tell you!

The third and most troubling problem with maintaining
motivation is that often the goal we want simply isn't worth
the price. We don't want to push the high-chair into place.
Or lift the stool onto the counter. Or climb so high. We
want the cookie, but not at that price.

For adults, many goals require moving to another city, going
back to school, changing careers, taking risks or working
very hard over long periods of time. And for adults, these
are high prices! Often the goal we seek truly isn't worth
the cost, at least not in any way we can see to "get there."
The family doesn't want to move, friends may laugh at us,
and risking our savings is a big gamble. These are rational,
deeply frustrating decisions we all face at one time or

The New Science of Success™ asks that you have a clearly
defined objective, a solid, workable plan, and a
willingness to pay the price until you obtain your goal. All
of us have done that in hundreds of ways. We've gotten
through college, bought a house, learned to sail, and
achieved other goals that were "worth it." But sometimes our
goals—actually our wishes—are not worth the price.

The Science of Success™ requires that you honestly assess
the costs and decide whether your goal is worthwhile to you.
If it is, you are on your way and success is assured. If the
goal is not worth the "candle" you can dream and "try" all
you want, but success is rarely obtained on the cheap. Be
clear about this. Your long-term motivation, and thus your
results, depend on it.

4. Quotes of the Week

"We are what we repeatedly do."
-- Aristotle

"What we see depends mainly on what we look for."
-- John Lubbock

"The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human
being can alter his life by altering his attitudes of mind!"
-- William James

“Success is neither magical or mysterious. Success is the
natural consequence of consistently applying the basic
-- Jim Rohn

5. Strictly Business:  Only Do What You Do Best

This week the old adage to focus on what you do best and
hire someone to do everything else came home loud and clear.

I have a client who’s business requires extensive
bookkeeping and accounting functions. He used to have a
full-time bookkeeper to support his real-estate and
investment interests, but last year, he decided “it cost too
much, and I thought I could do it cheaper on my own.” Well.

As you might guess, by now his books are a mess. The truth
is that he’s not a detail person. He does not enjoy data
entry on the computer, and he kept “putting it off until
later. I always thought I’d catch up on the weekend, or next
week.” Unfortunately, that never happened.

My client is extremely good at investing, and his passion,
talents and interests are in the creative, entrepreneurial
side of his business. Ironically, he is very good at reading
financial statements to evaluate a possible investment. But
as a bookkeeper, he needs to fire himself!

We all have our areas of expertise and passion. In our areas
of strength, we are “geniuses”. Outside those areas,
however, we are doomed to frustration, and sometimes
outright failure.

Do what you love. Do what you do best. Emphasize your
talents and give your customers the extras that only you can
give them. But for goodness sake, hire someone else to do
the things you can’t do, won’t do, or do badly. You can’t
afford to spend your life being inefficient, wearing
yourself out, and spending the rest of the day being cranky.

Go with your strengths! You’ll make more money, have more
fun, and be much more successful!

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7. Humor:  Name That Gender

Many languages refer to everyday objects as either male or
female. Wouldn’t English be more interesting and versatile
if we did, too? These suggestions are from the Washington
Post, which asked readers to assign a gender to nouns of
their choice and explain their reason.

The best submissions:

SWISS ARMY KNIFE: Male, because even though it appears
useful for a wide variety of work, it spends most of its
time just opening bottles.

KIDNEYS: Female, because they always go to the bathroom in

HOT AIR BALLOON: Male, because to get it to go anywhere you
have to light a fire under it…and, of course, there's the
hot air part.

SPONGES: Female, because they are soft and squeezable and
retain water.

SHOE: Male, because it is usually unpolished, with its
tongue hanging out.

COPIER: Female, because once turned off, it takes a while
to warm up. Because it is an effective reproductive device
when the right buttons are pushed. Because it can wreak
havoc when the wrong buttons are pushed.

ZIPLOC BAGS: Male, because they hold everything in, but you
can always see right through them.

WEB PAGE: Female, because it is always getting hit on.

SUBWAY: Male, because it uses the same old lines to pick
people up.

HAMMER: Male, because it hasn't evolved much over the last
5,000 years, but it's handy to have around.

REMOTE CONTROL: Female...Ha! thought I'd say male.
But consider, it gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without
it, and while he doesn't always know the right buttons to
push, he keeps trying.


Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
wonder-FULL week!

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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