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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. How to Become the Person You Want to Be
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: The Power of the MasterMind
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Some Jobs Are Just No Pun

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Do you regularly budget time, money and energy for personal
development? Do you read at least an hour or two per week?
Do you take classes or attend conferences or watch
educational videos on a regular basis? Are you becoming the
person you want to be? Or are you drifting and hoping for
the best? Remember, hope is not a strategy! Have a plan to
become the person you want to be. Your life depends on it.

2. Welcome Notes

This week, my personal MasterMind group added our first new
member in a couple of years. As long-time subscribers know,
I'm a huge believer in the power and profitability of
MasterMind groups. The cost is free or minimal. They require
a bit of time and commitment, but the accountability and
genius of a group dedicated to helping you achieve your
goals is astonishing! I can't imagine anyone doing their
best without this incredible resource behind them!

If you don't have a MasterMind team, get one! It's easy, and
the friendships, power, creativity and encouragement will
change your life forever. Choose the members wisely. Work
with the smartest, most disciplined people you can. Then,
shoot for the moon and expect amazing results.

If you don't know about MasterMind groups, or don't know how
to form one, I encourage you to get my how-to book. It'll
walk you through the steps and help you get started. You can
get it at:

And a brief reminder -- in the Northern Hemisphere, it's
summer! Enjoy the long, warm days. Take the family for
outings. Schedule time and budget a few dollars for time in
the park, a ballgame, or the beach. Get some exercise and
remember the sun-block. Give yourself a remarkable,
memorable summer.

3: How to Become the Person You Want to Be

Most of us experience a gap between the person we want to be
and person we are at the moment. We want to be smart and
ambitious, but we delay or procrastinate. We want to be
attentive parents, but we get "caught up" and drop the ball
with our kids. We want to be disciplined or focused, but we
end up watching television or wasting time.

This is "normal" but it's also terribly unfortunate. It
costs us. It means we achieve less and become less than the
person we intended. Do you have a plan to fix this? Most of
us don't, and that, too, is terribly unfortunate.

The issue is Personal Development and the person you will
become tomorrow.

Nothing in nature stays the same. True, rocks seem to change
much slower than puppies -- the Grand Canyon took millions
of years to evolve, but every single day the Colorado River
makes it slightly deeper than it was yesterday. Change is a
fact of life. Things don't stay the same, they "become."

This applies to each of us. You are, in some small way,
different than you were yesterday. And in some small way,
you will be different tomorrow. One of the major questions
for every adult is, Do You Have a Plan for Your Personal

One of the things Jim Rohn taught me was to, "Work harder on
yourself than you do on your job." His intent was clear.
Since change and evolution are inevitable, it follows that
we either plan and control our growth, or we allow ourselves
to be influenced by whatever forces happen to impact us.

Do you have a plan for your Personal Development? Or, are
you more like the Grand Canyon -- changing in whatever way
the river affects you?

In my experience, almost no one has a real plan to become
the person they want to become. And that's particularly
strange since almost everyone has a vision for who they hope
to become. We have goals or dreams, we have habits we want
to break, or new habits we want to adopt. We have skills we
hope to learn, but few have plans or budgets or blueprints
to make it happen.

Every day, society and culture press upon us. Every day we
are encouraged to buy new things, to adopt "new and
improved" gadgets or to go along with new fashions, new
fads, new behaviors. Between advertising and conversations
with friends, our sense of style, our sense of language,
behavior and attitudes are being influenced in amazing ways.
That happens!

And we rarely question it. It just happens and we don't even

I suspect this is at least a small part of understanding
Rep. Anthony Weiner's outrageous behavior. Without excusing
or justifying his behavior in any way, I suspect a
contributing factor was his ordinary, unthinking use of
Twitter. I think he got "caught up" in the immediacy of this
almost-magic new tool. And, he did things he would never do
if he had stopped to think it through and consider his
actions in light of his values or even in terms of common
sense. In the end, he got caught because he got caught-up.

So, I encourage you to think about who you are, and your
plans to become the person you want to be. Imagine yourself
with the skills you'll need. Imagine yourself having the
virtues and maturity and attitudes you'd like to have. In
general, we tend to become the person we intentionally and
consciously imagine ourselves to be.

But, "in general" is not enough! Change may be inevitable,
but GROWTH requires planning, intention and effort.

Do you have a list of books you'll read this year? Make a
list. Jot down the titles and check them off as you move
through the list, book by book.

Do you have a list of skills you want to learn? Make a list.

Do you have a list of the personality attributes you want to
acquire or expand? Make a list.

Do you read TIPS and other publications like this, every
week? Do you think about these ideas, discuss them with
colleagues, and encourage your friends and co-workers to
subscribe and do the same?

Do you regularly budget time, money and energy for personal
development? Do you read at least an hour or two per week?
Do you take classes or attend conferences or watch
educational videos on a regular basis? Are you becoming the
person you want to be? Or are you drifting and hoping for
the best? Remember, hope is not a strategy! Have a plan to
become the person you want to be. Your life depends on it.

4. Quotes of the Week

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
to improve the world."
-- Anne Frank

"If you want to get somewhere you have to know where you
want to go and how to get there. Then never, never, never
give up."
-- Norman Vincent Peale

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

“Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.”
-- Lauren Bacall

5. Strictly Business: The Power of the MasterMind

This week a friend was invited to join a "MasterMind" group
with several very productive people and asked my advice. I
recommended he jump at the chance!

A MasterMind group is a group of people who are dedicated to
helping each other become more successful. They typically
meet from one to four times per month. The agenda is simple
and consists of two basic questions:

1. What do we each need to do to achieve our goals?
2. How can we help each other get there quicker?

MasterMind groups were first described by Napoleon Hill in
his book, "Think and Grow Rich" back in the 1930’s, although
the concept has been around since ancient times. Benjamin
Franklin and a group of friends had a MasterMind that
started the University of Pennsylvania, the first public
library and the first hospital in Philadelphia. MasterMinds
do good things!

The energy, creativity, and power of sharing your goals with
trusted friends is astonishing! MasterMind groups can be
rich, powerful tools to help you achieve your goals and
create the life you truly want.

MasterMinds are very different than networking or service
organizations. First of all, they are usually smaller, with
only 4-6 people in them. Second, MasterMind groups require a
high degree of trust, shared values and purpose. And third,
MasterMind groups generally do not charge any fee, since the
purpose is not to build the organization but to build up
each other.

If you are not part of a MasterMind group, I encourage you
to form one. Get a group of like-minded people together,
share the concept, and agree to meet regularly (either in
person or on a conference call) to support each other. I
think you'll find the experience extremely gratifying!

If you would like to know more or get help in organizing a
MasterMind, I literally “wrote the book.” You can get it at: 

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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Back in 1935, Napoleon Hill wrote that a MasterMind group
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interviewed! And yet very few people create a Mastermind
team to help them achieve their most important goals in
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they wouldn't know who to ask. Now, I've written the manual!
I've created a "recipe" so you can create your own
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7. Humor: Some Jobs Are Just No Pun

These are really cute! They’ve been around for a long time,
but my friend, Bob Armstrong, sent them to me again recently
and I had to pass them along. Enjoy -- and no groans

My first job was working in an Orange Juice factory,
but I got canned. I couldn't concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a Lumberjack, but I
just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the axe.

After that, I tried to be a Tailor, but I wasn't suited for
it - mainly because it was a sew-sew job.

Next, I tried working in a Muffler Factory, but that
was too exhausting.

Then, I tried to be a Chef - figured it would add a
little spice to my life, but I just didn't have the thyme.

I attempted to be a Deli Worker, but any way I
sliced it, I couldn't cut the mustard.

I studied a long time to become a Doctor, but I
didn't have any patience.

Next, was a job in a Shoe Factory. I tried but I
couldn’t fit in. I became depressed and soulful.

Then there was the Professional Fisherman job. But I
discovered that I couldn't live on my net income.

I managed to get a job working for a Pool Maintenance
Company, but the work was just too draining.

So then I got a job in a Workout Center, but they
said I wasn't fit for the job.

After many years of trying to find steady work, I
finally got a job as an Historian - until I realized
there was no future in it.

My last job was working in Starbucks, but I had
to quit because it was always the same old grind.


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

Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
President of Resources for Success!™
and The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.

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