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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Presence of Evil and the Instinct for Good
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Make It Easy To Do Business
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: 45 of Life’s Best Lessons

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Most of us are builders. We love each other and we care for
strangers. We give, and we help when we can. This is so
common we even have a term for it. We call it "Paying it
forward," and my sense is that (blessedly) we can't seem to
help ourselves. It's who we are and what we do.

2. Welcome Notes

This has been a week of grief and pain. The tragic shootings
in Tucson touched us and brought us together as a people. We
watched the news about that madman, and saw the pain of the
families. And we watched the city and our nation come
together in grief and support. Even our politicians are
talking about being more civil to each other! If they can
pull that off for any length of time, that would be an
amazing thing.

My prayers go out to all the families who were impacted in
such painful ways. And I give thanks for the first
responders, the medical professionals and all the heroes on
the scene that day.

And I want to encourage TIPS subscribers to pray for and
watch for opportunities to help the victims of flooding in
Brazil and Australia in practical ways. Give what you can
when the opportunity presents itself. And finally, remember
to reach out to our more immediate neighbors. All over the
world, people are hungry, old folks are lonely, and many are
cold on these long winter nights. Help where you can.

3: The Presence of Evil and the Instinct for Good

I like to make these weekly notes positive and supportive,
but this week it feels right to acknowledge the shootings in
Tucson last Saturday. I suppose many of you have heard
"enough" about it, and that makes sense. Nobody likes to
prolong our focus on terrible things. But it does seem
important to acknowledge both good and evil in our midst.

I don't pretend to understand such awful events. Bad,
despicable things happen and when they do, they rattle our
assumptions about life. They make us afraid and sometimes
they stir up the anger or hatred or despair that seems to
lie within us. But paradoxically, evil also brings out the
best in us.

Perhaps it's my way of coping with the unbearable, but it
seems these awful events always bring forth heroes as a
natural counter-weight to evil. I remember the firefighters
and medics who responded to the Twin Towers on 9/11. I
remember the thousands of people who volunteered to help in
the days and weeks afterward. People came from all over the
world to dig and search. Some came to make coffee and feed
the workers. Others brought search dogs or heavy equipment,
or gave blood. Thousands did whatever they could.

And last Saturday, instead of doing the sensible thing and
diving for cover, one of Congresswoman Gifford's young
interns ran toward the shooting, found his boss and held
her, using his bare hands to slow the bleeding from her
wounds. Why would any rational person do that? The only
answer I can find is that while evil resides in our midst,
courage and heroism must also be within us.

One man threw himself on top of his wife to shield her, and
was killed while she survived her wounds. Others jumped the
gunman and wrestled him to the ground, holding him until
police arrived. One account said that the first person to
confront the shooter was a woman in her 70's who hit him
over the head with a chair. That's my kind of lady! Courage
and righteous anger will save us yet.

Most of us have heard the cliché that newspaper headlines
are based on the phrase, "If it bleeds, it leads." Perhaps I
can understand that from a commercial perspective -- those
publishers need to sell newspapers.

But I am appalled at the terribly distorted view the media
has of the human condition. Headlines and newscasts talk
about the tragedies, the threats and the awful. I sometimes
imagine editors and publishers laughing at us, muttering
under their breath, "Ha! Made you look!" There's a certain
appeal to the least common denominator deep within us, but
never be deceived! That lower instinct does not adequately
represent the human condition.

For every mugging, I suspect there are thousands of acts of
kindness that go unnoticed. Someone helps an elderly person
across a busy street, or a neighbor runs an errand for a
friend, and it never makes the news. Someone donates a pint
of blood "just because" -- many people do that once or twice
a year, "just because" -- and it never makes the papers.

I mentioned the thousands of people who did what they could,
often at tremendous personal risk, after 9/11. Or how about
the millions of people who gave money, sent blankets or
tents or food to help the people in Haiti after last year's
earthquake? Think of the world-wide response to the tsunami
victims in Indonesia. Or the response of individual citizens
after Katrina hit New Orleans. The wife of one of my clients
spent weeks helping famine victims in Uganda, and my
accountant spent time in Darfur last year.

One of Tennessee Williams' plays (I think it's A Streetcar
Named Desire
) has a wonderful line about being able to count
on "the kindness of strangers." Most people are kind. Most
people are generous, thoughtful, and eager to help.

Sure, sometimes we get busy or distracted. Sometimes we
forget or we fail to be our best selves, but most of the
time, most people pitch in. Will anyone be surprised when
the world responds to the flooding in Brazil and Australia
with an outpouring of aid and support? That's who we are.
It's what we do.

So yes, evil exists. Sometimes it threatens to overwhelm us
or leave us in despair. For an instant, it can appear
monstrous and out of control but in the larger context it
also gives us a chance to prove, once again, that we are
greater and better than anyone or any group bent on

We are builders. We love each other and we care for
strangers. We give, and we help when we can. This is so
common we even have a term for it. We call it "Paying it
forward," and my sense is that (blessedly) we can't seem to
help ourselves. It's who we are and what we do.

So I want to end with two requests. First, help someone,
somehow, this week. Just pitch in, lend a hand, do something
nice when and where you can. And secondly, try to "catch"
someone else doing a kindness and acknowledge them with a
nod, a smile or a handshake. I suspect these little acts of
kindness may do more than we know to keep our world on a
even keel.

4. Quotes of the Week

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human
-- Albert Einstein

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream
things that never were and ask why not."
-- George Bernard Shaw

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

“Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is
about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can
-- Harriet Rubin

5. Strictly Business: Make It Easy To Do Business

One of the basics for any business is that it should be easy
for customers to do business with you. Make sure you are
easy to find and easy to talk with. Make it easy for your
customers to order and above all, make it easy for them to
get great service when it's needed.

A while back I violated that basic rule.

Before announcing my annual World Class Life™ Conference one
year, I increased our online shopping cart security.
Unfortunately, in my concern for credit card safety I made
the system so strict that no one could register! The first
seven people who tried to register were all declined,
including a doctor from South Carolina who apparently
changed his mind and decided not to attend. In my desire to
increase security, I lost a customer and discouraged someone
who was eager to attend. That's a loss for my business, for
the good doctor, and for everyone who would have benefited
from his participation.

Don't do that to your business!

And yet businesses do that every day. One local restaurant
has an impossible parking lot. I think it's dangerous and I
hate going there. I see businesses without good signs, and I
call businesses who don't accept calls from "blocked"
numbers! How dumb is that?

I see home-based businesses without dedicated business
phones, or worse, that share an answering machine with their

Make it easy to do business with you, and remember --
"everything counts!" Success and failure are in the details.
Make it easy to do business with you.

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7. Humor: 45 of Life’s Best Lessons

This is longer than usual for this section, but my friend,
Jerry Pinney in Chicago, sent these and I had to use them.
Jerry attended my annual WCL conference in Wisconsin (Three
times!), so I’m many-times indebted to him! Thanks for
sending this great list, Jerry!

This was written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of The Plain
Dealer, in Cleveland, Ohio. She wrote:

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life
taught me. It is the most-requested column I've ever

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the
column once more:

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your
friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what
their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be
in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't
worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful, or

18. Whatever doesn't kill you, really does make you

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the
second one is up to you and no one else

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life,
don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy
lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words, 'In
five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of
anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone
else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow; but, it's still a gift.


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

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President of Resources for Success!™
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