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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, January 23, 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 Right Pace for Ultimate Success
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Turn the Lights On!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Science Test Papers

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Speed is good, but so is meditation. Speed is often rewarded
with more money, fame or power, but we also know that "haste
makes waste" and sometimes being slower, more deliberate,
more precise and more thoughtful has it's own advantages.

2. Welcome Notes

The response to last week's TIPS on good and evil
(especially the human instinct to do good) was delightful!
It got the largest response of any issue in years -- my mail
took "forever" to download on Monday morning! And out of all
those responses, only one (one!) criticized me for taking on
issues he felt were too religious or "preachy." He suggested
there is no evil in the world, only individuals who do
things with which we disagree, and we should focus on
understanding rather than judging them.

I appreciated his perspective, but I'm a fairly practical
guy and to me, some stuff is so bad, destructive and violent
that we might as well call it "evil" for short. Maybe
someday we'll be smart enough to cure or heal or understand
folks who commit the violence we saw in Tucson, but in the
meantime, I just want it to stop. And I want to focus my
time and effort on encouraging acts of generosity,
compassion and kindness whenever we can. That may be
simplistic but it makes me feel better, and in a small way
perhaps it makes the world a better place.

If you'd like to review last week's TIPS or encourage
friends to read it, it's posted at: 

3: The Right Pace for Ultimate Success

I've long been fascinated by the conundrum of how fast to
move and how much to do in life. If we don't "keep up" and
do enough, if we don't take action and work hard and get
stuff done, we fall behind and fail to achieve. On the other
hand, when we give in to the temptation to rush and hurry
and multi-task all day long, it seems like we wear ourselves
out and miss some of life's best moments. What's a person to

This week I was struck with the concept of "right pacing."

We've long talked about "right sizing" in business and
government. How big should an organization be? How many
employees does it need? How efficient should it be? Too much
emphasis on efficiency and speed and performance-at-any-cost
and eventually employees burn out and quit -- or rebel in
protest. Too little focus on productivity and we fall behind
the competition and eventually go bankrupt.

Career counselors have focused on the concept that each
person achieves optimum fulfillment by doing their "right
work," defined as work that respects their values and uses
their best talents. We inevitably become unhappy, less
productive and far less fulfilled when we do work that
doesn't suit us or that conflicts with our deepest values.

This week it struck me that we each have a "right pace" for
our lives and that failure to honor our inherent "pacing"
stresses us and perhaps even kills us at an early age.

We've long known about Type A personalities that move
quickly, and Type B personalities that prefer a more
leisurely pace through life. Type A's are called "race
horses" and we know that forcing them to slow down or
putting them "out to pasture" seems to kill their
enthusiasm, their energy and their productivity, while
"turtles" naturally move slower and forcing them to run
may give them a premature heart attack.

This week, I read about a new study that claims testing the
pace with which we walk may be as accurate a predictor of
over-all health as far more complex and expensive medical
procedures. Apparently simply walking down the hall outside
our doctor's office is a pretty good measure of balance,
coordination, strength and neurological function.

Americans have long been in love with the idea of speed. We
didn't invent the automobile, but we certainly fell in love
with it. We did invent the airplane and have done more with
rockets and space travel and instant communication than any
people on earth. We love speed! We love multi-tasking and
"doing more with less." We love being first and are proud of
being the most productive (fastest) people around.

But, we also know there is something good about making love
slowly, about "the pause that refreshes" and "stopping to
smell the roses." We know that time spent with a child,
watching a sunset or savoring a meal is a good thing. We
know that the desire to "slow down" is almost universal.

What are we to make of these contradictions?

My sense is that the most successful people find and honor
their personal "right pace" in life. Some love the
exhilaration of multi-tasking, rapid decision-making and
racing through life. Good for them! But others need to be
more deliberate, slower, and more thoughtful and I suspect
they are most successful when they honor their own "right
pace." And I suspect many of life's artists, writers,
teachers and poets have hurt their success by trying to
"keep up" with our cultural preference for speed.

Speed is good, but so is meditation. Speed is often rewarded
with more money, fame or power, but we also know that "haste
makes waste" and sometimes being slower, more deliberate,
more precise and more thoughtful has it's own advantages.

Find your right pace! Honor the part of you that "knows" how
much to tackle each day and do that, and only that. Vary
your pace and the pressure you allow in your life. Slow down
so you can respond quickly when the situation calls for it.
I find some solace in the observation that "Fools rush in
where angels fear to tread." I love speed and action and
adrenalin as much as the next guy, but there is also wisdom
in mastering the art of doing nothing, observing, and
waiting for the right moment. Find and listen to your "right
pace" in life. I suspect your happiness and long-term
success may depend on it.

4. Quotes of the Week

"Follow your bliss."
-- Joseph Campbell

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's
own self."
-- Montaigne

"Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds
from the achievement of one's values."
-- Ayn Rand

"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness
has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."
-- Goethe

5. Strictly Business: Turn the Lights On!

I recently read about a woman with a small business selling
accessories for Mattel's "Barbie" doll and "Hot Wheels" toy
cars. She collects and re-sells clothes and little tiny
shoes, umbrellas and purses for Barbie, along with
components for the little Hot Wheels cars. She has revenue
of over a million dollars and earns a nice 6-figure income
from her home.

How does she do that? Simple! She's found a niche and she
lets people know she can help them complete their
collections and fulfill their hobby.

In general, I'm not a fan of "advertising" in the
traditional sense. Sure, for some businesses it works, but
for professionals and most online businesses, I prefer to
think in terms of "marketing." It's cheaper and more

The fact is that almost no one needs the goods or services
you provide. As a coach, I understand that less than 1% of
the population are going to hire a coach. Most people don't
know what a coach is, or they've never heard of me. They
can't afford coaching, or don't think they need a coach. The
reasons for not hiring a coach are endless!

The key to success is letting that tiny sliver of people who
DO need me know that I exist, and making it easy for them to
hire me. The same is true for your business.

How do you reach out to your community? How do you let your
customers know you exist, that you can serve their needs,
that they can trust you? How do you help them contact you?

In the Bible there is a story that warns us not to hide our
light under a basket, and it applies in business as much as
anywhere else. Turn the lights on! Let the world know who
you are, what you can do for them, and how to contact you.
In business, that is an every-single-day activity.

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important goals.

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7. Humor: Science Test Papers

A teacher recently forwarded this list of comments from
tests and papers submitted by elementary, junior high,
high school, and college students. I think you'll enjoy them!

"The body consists of three parts - the branium, the borax,
and the abominable cavity. The branium contains the brain,
the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abominable
cavity contains the bowels, of which there are five - a, e,
i, o, and u."

"To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in
a test tube."

"Water is composed of two gins, Oxygin and Hydrogin. Oxygin
is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water."

"The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader."

"A super saturated solution is one that holds more than it
can hold."

"Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like

"A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight
cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors."

"The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water
tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the
moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun
joins in this fight."

"Liter: A nest of young puppies."

"Rhubarb: A kind of celery gone bloodshot."

"Vacuum: A large mansion where the pope lives."

"To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose."

"For a nosebleed: Put the nose much lower then the body
until the heart stops."

"For dog bite: put the dog away for several days. If he has
not recovered, then kill it."

"To prevent contraception, use a condominium."


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

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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