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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, October 9, 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 Best Ideas Always Win
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: How to Lose Customers, FAST!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Shameless Puns

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Whether it's the Tea Party or the Occupy Wallstreet folks,
people who take the time to march and protest do us a favor
by speaking their truth. We should listen and try to learn.
America has always attracted the best and brightest people,
and the best and brightest ideas from around the world. It's
essential that we keep this tradition sacred. It makes life
more interesting, and it makes America strong.

2. Welcome Notes

What a wonderful week! On Sunday, I flew home after 3 days
with the most amazing group of people in Tennessee. We
talked and ate, discussed our businesses and our dreams, and
ate again. We questioned and debated one another, then ate
some more. It was wonderful! I came home with a boatload of
ideas for TIPS and for classes, products and new ways to be
of service. As they say, "It doesn't cost, it pays!"

I'm a total believer in the power of MasterMind retreats.
Create your own by gathering a group of the smartest, most
ambitious and most energetic people you can find and spend a
day (or three!) strategizing about how to make things
better. I think you'll like the results.

And, if you'd like to consult about how to do it, or if
you'd like me to fly out and facilitate your sessions, let
me know. I love this stuff and I'd love to help you pull it
off! Email me at: We'll make it

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3: The Best Ideas Always Win

This week, I want to step gingerly around the edges of
politics, hopefully without putting my foot in it. TIPS is
not about politics. It's about living our values, achieving
our goals, and having a great life along the way.

But this week, the news has been filled with events that put
these issues in the guise of "political discussion."

I've been struck by the images of the Occupy Wallstreet
protesters, first in New York, then in smaller
demonstrations around the country. But, I've also been
struck by people, folks we might label as Conservatives, who
seem quick not only to disagree with the protesters, but to
question the value of their actions.

Based on a flip of the coin, I'll address the protesters

I like their energy and passion. If only I could generate
that kind of enthusiasm and commitment for my own goals!
They're up all night, marching all day, carrying signs,
arguing, chanting, pursuing their agenda! It's got to be
chilly on the streets this time of year, but there they are.
Good for them!

I remember as a younger man I had that kind of energy, but
now I get tired and I fear I'm much more skeptical. The
protesters remind me to ask whether I still believe that my
words and actions DO make a difference. One of my core
values is to speak out, share my truth, rock my world and
shake things up, and so I try to learn from them. I
contribute all I can. I try to stay focused on my priorities
and make sure my time and actions reflect my values. The
protesters remind me of these things, and I think that's

But I'm not sure they've thought clearly about certain

I see them protesting a banking system that, for all its
faults and flaws, has allowed millions of us to get loans
for education, mortgages for our homes, loans for our cars,
finance our businesses and have many of the good things in
life. I see them texting and talking on iPhones created by
one of the great entrepreneurial capitalists of our time,
Steve Jobs.

But most importantly, I see them celebrating the freedoms of
assembly and speech, demanding the redress of grievances
with no fear of repression or reprisal, and that makes me
proud of my country. These are good things! I tip my cap to
these people and wish them well, even as I disagree with
much of their analysis of America's problems and their
prescriptions for a cure.

And what of the other side?

Sure, as we get "older and wiser" it's easy to dismiss the
enthusiasm of youth, to point out the weakness of their
position or to disagree with their demands. Anyone can do
that. We disagree with each other all the time.

What's harder is to hold on to our traditions and the good
things of the past while being open to new ideas and new
solutions. I see folks "of a certain age" dismissing the
protesters because they are dirty or making a mess of the
parks and streets. Sometimes they are rowdy and that offends
my preference for thoughtful discussion. I get that!

But when we defend the status quo without listening to the
demands for change, we miss an opportunity to grow. That
makes me uneasy. As an old bald guy who likes our American
traditions and mostly stands on the conservative side of
things, I haven't been comfortable with some things I've
heard from my friends this week. At a luncheon, one friend
suggested we "Arrest them all!" On television I heard
commentators suggesting the protesters should merely be
patronized and ignored. That didn't sit well with me.

Over-throwing tradition and abandoning the values that have
made America great is not a good thing, and merely revolting
in the street is more like the violence of the French
Revolution than the idealism of our American Revolution. But
when a large group of people go into the street to proclaim
their frustration, I think we should listen and try to

Whether it's the Tea Party or the Occupy Wallstreet folks,
people who take the time to march and protest do us a favor
by speaking their truth. We should listen and try to learn.
America has always attracted the best and brightest people,
and the best and brightest ideas. It's essential that we
keep this tradition sacred because it makes life more
interesting, and it makes America strong.

4. Quotes of the Week

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

"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to
be achieved."
-- Jeremy Kitson

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

"It's kind of fun to do the impossible."
-- Walt Disney

5. Strictly Business: How to Lose Customers, FAST!

I had an astonishingly bad experience with a major clothing
store this week, and I want to tell you about it. Perhaps it
will remind all of us that perceptions count and integrity

As a favor to my wife, I agreed to call a major catalog
retailer and order some fall and winter outfits for her. I
figured it would take 10 minutes to call the store, order
the items, bill the credit card, and be done with it. And it
might have, except for one little thing.

At the end of the call, the order taker asked permission to
"include information about our travel club" in the shipment.
I wasn't interested and vaguely replied that would be fine.
She then repeated the offer and said she needed a specific
yes or no. That got my attention and I started asking

It turns out that once I agreed to her offer, I was actually
agreeing to let them bill my credit card for membership in
the club unless I specifically declined within 30 days.
Later, a supervisor admitted that almost everyone ignores
the offer and throws it away with the paperwork they put in
every shipment. Then, 30 days later, the company bills their
credit cards.

I suppose what they are doing is perfectly legal, but I
found it outrageous! For a $39 membership fee, they lost us
as customers, forever. In one stupid move, they trashed
their reputation and we won't be back.

My point? Trust is a vital business asset. Honesty,
integrity, fairness and openness may be the "right" things,
but they are also the SMART things when it comes to
business! Never trick your customers! Never appear to take a
short-cut, and always make the customer glad they did
business with you.

6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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New Year's Resolutions have become a bad joke. Many people
doubt the power of goals, especially when it comes to
changing their personal life. We swear we'll spend less and
save more. We say we'll be more patient, more giving, we'll
focus our energy, exercise more, eat less, be "better
people." But change is hard! Too often, we slip back into
old, self-defeating behaviors. We can't help it! Old habits,
beliefs and routines die hard!

But winners know the "secret" of quickly and effectively
changing any pattern or ritual, any routine or habit that is
holding them back and immediately replacing it with better
and more effective habits! Now you can, too! Actually, there
is no "secret," only the time-honored truths that systems
are better than goals. Change is "easy when you know how!"
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#2 Use a MasterMind to Achieve Your Goals
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Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
autoresponders and systems that were supposed to help me
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them worked, or more accurately they worked, but they were
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7. Humor: Shameless Puns

Paul Vogt has sent me many puns and jokes over the years,
but these were mostly new to me. I love this sort of word
play and I hope they bring you as many chuckles as they gave
me. Enjoy!

* I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it
hit me.

* Police were called to a daycare, where a three-year-old
was resisting a rest.

* Did you hear about the guy whose left side was cut off? He
is all right now.

* The roundest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir

* To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

* When fish are in schools they sometimes take debate.

* A thief who stole a calendar got twelve months.

* A thief fell in wet cement. He became a hardened criminal.

* Thieves who steal corn from a garden could be charged with

* We'll never run out of math teachers, because they always

* When the smog lifts in Los Angeles, U C L A.

* The math professor went crazy with the blackboard. He did
a number on it.

* The geologist discovered that her theory of earthquakes
was on shaky ground.

* The dead batteries were given out free of charge.

* If you take a laptop computer for a run you could jog your

* A dentist and a manicurist fought tooth and nail.

* A backward poet writes inverse.

* With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.

* When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

* A calendar's days are numbered.

* A boiled egg is hard to beat.

* He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

* A plateau is a high form of flattery.


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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