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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Create Your Own Future, Your Own Way
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Networking for Fun and Profit
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Wedding Bell Wisdom

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Human beings are the only creatures who can imagine
themselves becoming something new and different than they
are. We can imagine ourselves becoming stronger, learning
new skills or living differently than we currently do. Take
advantage of this! Imagine yourself in new ways! Then
develop a plan, take action and make it happen. You are in
charge of your future.

2. Welcome Notes

Last week's TIPS hit the nail on the head! I talked about
having a plan for your personal development and dozens of
people wrote to say how helpful it was. What intrigued me
was how many different parts of it were singled out as "the
best" by different people. Almost everyone hopes to develop
in some way, so it's remarkable that so few have a specific
plan to learn the skills or habits they'll need. Make a
plan. Take action and take charge. Become the person you
want to be.

Since the article impacted so many people, I've posted it
at: If you
missed it, I hope you'll check it out.

Now, for a bit of fun and silliness, I invite you to join me
for a night under the stars! Every year, Mary and I spend
hours on our deck, enjoying the sunsets and watching the
stars. The dog sleeps at our feet, the moon comes up, and
it's wonderful! In the midst of this, every year I threaten
to bring a sleeping bag on the deck and spend the night. I
never have, but this week, it's time!

Tuesday is the Summer Solstice, the shortest night of the
year in the Northern Hemisphere. So, weather permitting, I
propose to fulfill my threat. I plan to grab a sleeping bag,
my pillow and my dog, and spend the night under the stars.
Now, to be clear, there's no good reason for this. I don't
expect it will make me wiser, richer or younger, nor will it
necessarily impress my wife in a favorable way. But it
sounds like fun and I've never done it before.

So, join me! I'd love to think hundreds (maybe thousands!)
of TIPS subscribers are game for such a silly celebration of
the Solstice. Pitch a tent in the back yard or whatever
works in your situation, and let's enjoy one night of
playing Tom Sawyer! I expect we'll be exhausted the next
day, but so what? Life's short. Let's have some fun!

3: Create Your Own Future, Your Own Way

Last week's TIPS on developing a plan for your Personal
Development really hit a nerve! Folks loved it, so I want to
continue the theme this week. (You can read last week's
article at:

Two of my mentors, Thomas Leonard and Jim Rohn, focused on
Personal Development. They believed that human beings have
the power and the gift of "becoming." But they addressed it
in very different ways.

Thomas Leonard preferred to talk about Personal Evolution.
He believed that our environment, culture and education
impact us, and combined with internal factors like free will
and personal choice, we "become" over time. Together, all
these things actually change who we are, or at least in a
practical sense they change how we think and act in the

Of course he was right, but I also think he was partially

Jim Rohn preferred the term, Personal Development, and I
agree with him. Jim emphasized that life has a flow to it. I
am, in many ways, the same person I was 20 or even 40 years
ago. My DNA hasn't changed and to a remarkable degree,
neither have my interests, my hobbies or my humor.
Hopefully, I'm more mature, more skilled, and a bit wiser,
but I haven't "evolved" into a different person. I'm still
the same guy I was back then, only now I inflict my mischief
and hair-brained schemes on my long-suffering wife instead
of my worried mother.

And yet, Thomas did have a point. If we aren't evolving to a
higher plane, if we aren't living differently -- and better!
-- than we did before, what's the purpose? Over time, if we
learn and grow and live with greater skill, greater wisdom
and greater patience, it's almost as if we truly do become
someone new!

To me, that's what Personal Development is all about.

And yet I see many people who utterly fail at this essential
task of adult life.

They either seem (to an outside observer) to change and grow
very little, or their growth seems to be all over the place,
with little direction, purpose or substance to it.

We all know people like this. Some haven't read a serious
book since they left school. They still spend their time on
the same hobbies, have essentially the same friends (only
the names have, perhaps, changed over time), and live about
like they did twenty years ago. Their politics and
spirituality and communication and depth of character
haven't changed. While they may or may not be "couch
potatoes" in terms of fitness, as persons they have grown
little since they became adults and "settled down."

The second group has, indeed, changed but in random or
chaotic ways. They are good at "starting over!" They eagerly
jump on new interests, new business opportunities or move to
a new community, hoping this "new start" will make things
better. But their growth doesn't seem to build from one
level to another. There is little cumulative impact and
little sense of direction or purpose or depth of character
to their new interests. To me, this does not fulfill the
promise of Personal Development over time.

But fortunately, there are those who plan and search and
pursue the timeless fundamentals of character and maturity.
There are those who set out to "get good" at their job, to
become the best parent, spouse, lover, salesperson or
manager they can be. They read and they listen. They ask
questions and consider new ideas, always in a search for
timeless truths, strength of character, and long-term
Personal Development. They absorb wisdom wherever they find
it. Over time, they "become."

To me, this is the core of Personal Development and it's a
skill, a task and a hobby I highly recommend. Human beings
are the only creatures who can imagine themselves becoming
something new and different than they are. We can imagine
ourselves becoming stronger, learning new skills or living
differently than we currently do. Take advantage of this!
Imagine yourself in new ways! Then, develop a plan, take
action and make it happen. You are in charge of your future.

4. Quotes of the Week

"We are what we imagine. Our very existence consists in our
imagination of ourselves. The greatest tragedy that can
befall us is to go unimagined."
-- N. Scott Momaday

"Believing in yourself, is an endless destination.
Believing you have failed, is the end of your journey."
-- Sarah Meredith

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of
their dreams."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt

"Always know in your heart that you are far bigger than
anything that can happen to you."
-- Dan Zadra

5. Strictly Business: Networking for Fun and Profit

There's an old saying that "it's who you know that counts,"
and for better or worse, it's often true.

Yes, there is a cynical aspect to the phrase, referring to
favoritism that is unfortunate. More often, however, people
get the referral or the promotion precisely because (in a
positive sense) of "who they know." Knowing and liking
someone does make a difference.

When it comes to networking, however, I've noticed two
unfortunate patterns that are generally NOT helpful:

First is the person (to be honest, it's usually a male) who
views networking as some strange contest to see who can
trade the most business cards in the shortest period of
time. There's a frantic, shallow energy that is a huge turn-
off. Their quick handshake, exaggerated smile and exchange
of business cards is usually a waste of time.

The second is the person who attends networking functions
but fails to connect in a meaningful way. Often they spend
the entire time chatting with a friend, and leave without
meeting anyone new, or making any lasting impressions.

Effective networking means connecting with people in an
honest, sincere way that says you would like to help them if
you can, and would appreciate the other person's support in

Get to know people. Call them up, go to lunch, and if
appropriate, certainly exchange business cards! But what
you're looking for is a relationship. Get to know a few
people well, rather than collecting dozens of cards from
strangers. Follow-up with a phone call to touch base. And
for goodness sake, if you can, be sure to send some business
to the other person. Nothing will grow your own referral
business like the gratitude of people who have benefited
from your genuine support.

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7. Humor: Wedding Bell Wisdom

Collections of kidsí wisdom about love and marriage have
been around for a long time and when my friend and
colleague, Paul Simpson sent me these, I thought they were
too cute to pass up. I share these in the hope youíll get a
chuckle from them:


You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like, if
you like sports, she should like it that you like sports,
and she should keep the chips and dip coming.
-- Alan, age 10

No person really decides before they grow up who they're
going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you find
out later who you're stuck with.
-- Kristen, age 10


Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person
FOREVER by then.
-- Camille, age 10


You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be
yelling at the same kids.
-- Derrick, age 8


Both don't want any more kids.
-- Lori, age 8


Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get
to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you
listen long enough.
-- Lynnette, age 8 (isn't she a treasure)

On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that
usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
-- Martin, age 10


When they're rich.
-- Pam, age 7

The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to
mess with that.
-- Curt, age 7

The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you
should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right
thing to do.
-- Howard, age 8


I don't know which is better, but I'll tell you one thing.
I'm never going to have sex with my wife. I don't want to be
all grossed out.
-- Theodore, age 8

It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys
need someone to clean up after them.
-- Anita, age 9 (bless you child)

And the #1 Favorite is........

Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like
a truck.
-- Ricky, age 10


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

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

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