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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Joy of Creative Labor!
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Marketing Vs. Making Sales
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Brain Cramps!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

I hope you give thanks for your work. It's your chance to
partner with God to build a better planet, and I think
that's pretty cool! Be creative. Have fun with it. Put your
heart and your enthusiasm into it. And, if by some chance
your tasks don't suit you, or seem like hard work rather
than creative play, pledge that by next Labor Day, you'll
make a change. Life's too short to work for a living!

2. Welcome Notes

This week, we had some cool, cloudy days that felt a lot
like fall. As Tucker and I walked in the morning, twice we
met people who complained that the cold, damp weather didn't
feel "right." I told them we were just "practicing for fall"
and both of them replied they liked that approach! And of
course, today (Friday) is hot and sunny, just like summer,
and we're complaining about the heat! Gosh, sometimes we
humans are hard to please!

Last week I recommended Mollie Marti's conference on
designing your Best Life and having more IMPACT! Three
people told me they are definitely thinking about attending.
The conference is in Chicago, October 22-24th, and I do hope
you'll join us! Isn't it time to invest in making your life
the BEST it can be? Isn't having an impact, making a
difference, and creating a better world for ourselves and
our neighbors what life is all about? Check it out and make
plans to attend. I highly recommend it! 

Finally, I know many regular TIPS subscribers will be away
from home, celebrating this holiday and may not read this
issue. And that's probably how it should be! Remember to put
"first things first!" This weekend, take time to have some
fun, create some memories, do something different and
exciting, and above all, spend time with the people you

And when you get back on Tuesday, email me about coaching. I
have openings this fall and I know many of you are ready to
re-focus, re-commit and make sure you end the year strong.
Finish your goals! Make this your best year ever! The
investment, accountability and perspective of a personal
coach can make all the difference. Let's talk about it and
get started! Email: 

3: The Joy of Creative Labor!

I don't know if Americans are the hardest-working people on
earth or not. And, if we are, I'm not totally clear whether
that's a good thing or not. But I do believe we are one of
the few (perhaps the only) nation to celebrate Labor Day.

Work has always struggled with its reputation. For anyone
with a trace of Calvinism or Puritanism in their heritage,
hard work is Godly and a distinct virtue. One of the highest
compliments my Grandmother could bestow was to say "He (or
she) is a hard worker." At the same time, as every child
knows, work is definitely something to be avoided whenever

I like to think I've accomplished a few things in my life,
building businesses, earning advanced degrees, doing some
pretty cool stuff, and even keeping up with the yard work
and chores around the house. But I also love saying that I
absolutely refuse to "work" and that "I don't do hard." And
I've never gotten along very well with "tedious," either. As
long as Mary isn't around to kick me, I much prefer saying
"I'm retired" and now I only do things that interest or
challenge or excite or educate me. And yet my passion to
accomplish things is as intense as ever!

So, sometimes I'm not clear. What exactly is the difference
between hard work and hard play?

Americans love Mark Twain's story of Tom Sawyer getting his
friends to white-wash the fence. Remember the story? His
Aunt Polly condemned poor Tom to painting the wood fence.
But Tom, knowing the universal human weakness toward
jealousy and competitiveness, quickly jumped to the task
with gusto, enthusiasm and delight. Soon, his friends were
asking to help, but Tom refused, saying they might not do it
right. Eventually, however, Tom gave in to their repeated
begging and eager pledges to be careful. He loaned them his
brush and bucket so they could paint while he rested in the
shade to keep a careful eye on them.

So, once again. Can someone please explain the difference
between hard work and hard play?

It apparently has more to do with my ATTITUDE than the
actual task at hand. Isn't that curious?

In my work (there's that word again!), I coach low-handicap
and professional golfers, along with lots of business
leaders. I've noticed that regarding business or work,
change is often "hard." At the office, changing our
priorities, schedules, procedures or behaviors often takes
time, lots of dedication and persistence. As a coach, I've
learned to ask for small changes, and to be patient.

Golfers are a different species, however. They want MORE and
BIGGER requests! Ask them to practice more, to spend time
visualizing or rehearsing, more time on the range or to sink
a thousand putts a week, and they eagerly re-arrange their
schedules, make the commitment and get it done. No effort,
no inconvenience or investment is too difficult in the quest
to "play" better!

So, one more time. Can someone please explain the difference
between hard work and hard play? As I said above, it
apparently has more to do with our ATTITUDES than the actual
task at hand.

I've often written that while I don't like "work" any more
than anyone else, I love the benefits of creative effort,
persistence and dedication. I've always thought work (in
this sense) is a tremendous gift. It's our chance to build a
better world, to make things easier, richer, more
interesting and more satisfying.

Imagine God, having created a universe, asking for our
suggestions and help to complete the final details! What an

So, this Labor Day Weekend, enjoy the party! Celebrate with
family. Attend the picnics and ballgames and go to the
beach. You've earned it! Take a break and enjoy!

But on Tuesday, when it's time to "buckle down" and get back
to the routine and the daily grind, I hope you'll also give
thanks for your work. It's your chance to partner with God
to build a better planet, and I think that's pretty cool! Be
creative. Have fun with it. Put your heart and your
enthusiasm into it. And, if by some chance your tasks don't
suit you, or seem like hard work rather than creative play,
determine that by next Labor Day, you'll make a change.

Life's too short to work for a living!

4. Quotes of the Week

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies
in a person’s determination.”
-- Tommy LaSorda

“The question is not whether we will die, but how we will
-- Joan Borysenko

"Achievement seems to be connected with action. Successful
men and women keep moving. They make mistakes, but they
don't quit."
-- Conrad Hilton

“What gets measured, gets done.”
-- Edward Deming

5. Strictly Business: Marketing Vs. Making Sales

This week, I re-read Harry Beckwith's classic book, "Selling
the Invisible." One of the key things he points out is the
essential distinction between “marketing” and “selling.”

As I got it, marketing is about letting people know you
exist. It’s about telling them who you are, what you do, and
helping them really “get” your expertise. It’s about
branding your name and reputation; it’s about creating
positive buzz about your and your business.

Marketing is a good thing! It’s a skill and it can be
learned. Every business MUST market!

Marketing, however, does not generate sales or revenue and
that is a HUGE distinction!

As David Steele says, “You can market until the cows come
home and never get a single client!” You can market so
people know about you, and know what you do. You can market
with a catchy slogan and a distinctive logo. You can market
“until the cows come home.” But only sales is sales!

Now, obviously there are good and bad ways of selling. There
are styles of selling and some sales techniques are just
plain repugnant!

Fortunately, however, there are skills and tools that are
both comfortable AND effective for selling. Many people ask
questions to help the potential customer decide for
themselves whether to make the purchase. Others use a focus
on the benefits or some other ethical tool to MAKE THE SALE.

In the end, your business must do marketing, AND you must
make sales. Understand the distinction and develop skills in
both areas!

To understand and implement effective tools for ethical,
professional (and comfortable) ways to make more sales, get
a coach. It doesn't cost, it pays! For more info, email me

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7. Humor: Brain Cramps!

From time to time, we all say really dumb things. Fortunately,
most of the time our comments aren’t recorded for posterity,
but for a few special individuals, their silliest remarks are
preserved for all time. My friend, Pat Hommel, sent these to
me and I had to share them. They are NOT intended to ridicule
any person, political party or point of view. They are just
silly things that some very smart people have said under
pressure. Enjoy them!

"Smoking kills. If you're killed, you've lost a very
important part of your life,"
--Brooke Shields, during an interview to become spokesperson
for a federal anti-smoking campaign.

"I've never had major knee surgery on any other part of my
--Winston Bennett, University of Kentucky basketball

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest
crime rates in the country."
--Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC.

"I'm not going to have some reporters pawing through our
papers. We are the president."
--Hillary Clinton commenting on the release of documents.

"That lowdown scoundrel deserves to be kicked to death by a
jackass, and I'm just the one to do it."
--A congressional candidate in Texas.

"Half this game is ninety percent mental."
--Philadelphia Phillies manager, Danny Ozark

"It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the
impurities in our air and water that are doing it."
--Al Gore, Vice President

"I love California. I practically grew up in Phoenix."
--Dan Quayle

"We've got to pause and ask ourselves: How much clean air do
we need?"
--Lee Iacocca

"If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."
--Bill Clinton, President

"We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not
--Al Gore, Vice President

"Your food stamps will be stopped effective in March,
because we received notice that you passed away. May God
bless you. You may reapply if there is a change in your
--Department of Social Services, Greenville, South Carolina

Question: If you could live forever, would you and why?
Answer: "I would not live forever, because we should not
live forever, because if we were supposed to live forever,
then we would live forever, but we cannot live forever,
which is why I would not live forever."
--Miss Alabama in the 1994 Miss USA contest.


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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