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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, September 1, 2002
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
Visit our website at: http://www.philiphumbert.com


Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3.
Time, Money and Life-Balance, Part 3
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:  The Value of Working HARD!
6. Resources You Can Use:  Lots of FREE Stuff!
7. Humor: Top 10 NOT to Say to a Police Officer

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Happiness comes from life balance. Happiness comes from a
disciplined and reasoned approach to the "big pieces" in
life. If time management is the essential first step, and
if managing money is a critical second step, the ultimate
path to happiness is living a balanced life.

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2. Welcome Notes

In the U.S., this is Labor Day weekend, when most of us
take off for a picnic, trip to the beach or go camping.
I've always thought it was appropriate for Americans
to celebrate work, since we do so much of it! Enjoy the
weekend. Be safe. Have fun.

Secondly, last week's TIP's had a broken link to my Road to
Riches class and several people wrote to express their
frustration. I apologize. The class has only 6 more
openings, and if you would like to participate, please act
fast! To get all the info and register online in time for
Tuesday's session, visit:  Click Here

Finally, once again I want to THANK all of you for
forwarding TIP's to friends and recommending it to your
colleagues. We have over 26,000 subscribers because of
your recommendations, and I believe that makes us the
largest personal coaching newsletter in the world.
Remember, anyone can subscribe by simply visiting my
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And as a more tangible way of saying thanks, I've listed a
number of freebies and specials below in the "Resources"
section. Check them out!


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3: 
Time, Money and Life-Balance, Part 3

This is the third article in this series, and the most
important. What good is free time or lots of money without
a life that makes sense, without a life of purpose,
fulfillment and satisfaction? Time without purpose is
merely boredom, and we all know that money cannot buy
happiness.

(To read the first two parts of this series, visit our
TIP's index on the web at:  www.philiphumbert.com/TIPS

The Dalai Lama has written that the goal of human life is
happiness, and I think he's on to something. Yes, we can
quibble over definitions, but in the end, we want to be
happy.

In my opinion, our culture focuses excessively on the
extremes of pleasure, on the one hand, and work on the
other. We sell everything from cars to vacation packages
with the promise that they will make us popular, sexy or
powerful. And, at the same time, we work more and more
hours, striving to become "successful". It is exhausting,
and neither work nor pleasure can be relied upon to create
lasting happiness. Happiness is different.

I think happiness is usually the result of a well-balanced
life. Happiness is the sum total of meaningful work, good
health, positive relationships, lots of fun, some challenge
and even failure, seasoned with laughter and joy. I
suspect happiness requires a level of self-discipline, and
a dash of wisdom.

Happiness comes from balancing the "big pieces" in life.
What are the "big pieces"? We all have our own list, and
yours might differ slightly, but here are my suggestions:

1. Positive Personal Relationships. Without love and
friendship, laughter, trust and intimacy, most of us feel
alone and lonely. The good life is rarely a do-it-yourself
operation. The quality of my life depends on the people I
love and those who love me. I think this is the first of
the "big pieces".

2. Meaningful Work. We love to lay on the beach, read a
good book or take the day off, but we also want to use our
skills and talents to do something worthwhile. Work hard,
work smart, work with pride. Do work you love and do it
well. I believe work is the second "big piece".

3. Health, Fitness and Fun. I've never been disabled or
limited for any length of time, and I consider that a great
blessing. The ability to enjoy a sunrise, or go for a walk
or make love is the third "big piece". Take care of your
body. It's your "data port" to the world.

4. Spirituality and a Moral Compass. Humans are unique in
our ability to hold such a volatile mix of good and evil,
and without a vital Center, we quickly lose our way.
Pursuing your spiritual path is the fourth "big piece".

5. Finances and Resources. Like squirrels storing nuts
for the winter, we must monitor our resources, use them
wisely, and invest for the future. Managing your finances
opens doors, eases worry, and provides security during hard
times.

When Henry Thoreau wrote that most of us "live lives of
quiet desperation", I think he meant that our lives are out
of balance. Some of us work too much, others not enough.
Some of us spend all our time socializing, while others
remain separated from those who would embrace them. Some
of us spend foolishly, while others are misers. We know
that over 60% of Americans are over-weight. These
extremes, while they may at times bring "pleasure" cannot
be a path to happiness.

Happiness comes from life balance. Happiness come from a
disciplined and reasoned approach to the "big pieces" in
life. If time management is the essential first step, and
if managing money is a critical second step, the ultimate
path to happiness is living a balanced life. Determine the
"big pieces" in your life. As Spock used to say (for those
who remember Star Trek), may you "live long and prosper".



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4. Quotes of the Week

"Try not to become a man of success but rather try to
become a man of value."
                                      -- Albert Einstein

"The thoughts we choose to think are the tools we use to
paint the canvas of our lives."
                                       -- Louise Hay

"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our
faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the
presence of fate is strength undefeatable."
                                       -- Helen Keller

"Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die."
                                       -- Amelia Burr



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5. Strictly Business: The Value of Working HARD!

This is Labor Day weekend, a time when most of us try not
to work at all. We relax, go to a ball game (if
professional baseball goes on strike, just make up your own
teams), or have a barbeque. Most of us have a very mixed
set of attitudes toward work, and it shows.

Americans are widely thought to work more and harder than
any nation on earth. I've always wondered who arrives at
those statistics (I suspect it's an American), but we do
work extremely hard. We work long hours, and we take fewer
vacations and holidays than any European nation. We love
work!

And the truth is that our great wealth, our great
industries and our service economy are the result of hard,
hard work.

In "The Millionaire Next Door", Stanley and Danko note that
most self-made millionaires work about 60 hours per week.
The top 10% in any field work more, do more, and stay
longer than their colleagues. Hard work is the necessary
"in-put" for most of the "out-puts" we desire! There is
just no way around it.

Now, I'm all in favor of working smart, and I try to be as
efficient as possible. I'm also in favor of taking time
off, of doing work that feels a bit like play, and of
balancing work with relaxation, recreation, and the
"pursuit of happiness".

But in the end, and over the long-run, our income is
proportional to how hard we work. Ultimately, success is
always the product of how much we get done and how well we
perform.

Fortunately, for over 200 years, most Americans have worked
very hard and we celebrate and luxuriate in the fruits of
their labor. We enjoy tremendous wealth because others
have worked extremely hard. Here's to them. And here's to
working hard, working smart, working effectively, and when
necessary, working just a bit more. 


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7. Humor:  Top 10 NOT to Say to a Police Officer

Adriano Karasek sent me these, and I thought they were
pretty cute reminders of what NOT to say if you're pulled
over for speeding:

1. I can't reach my license unless you hold my beer.

2. Sorry, Officer, I didn't realize my radar detector
wasn't plugged in.

3. Aren't you the guy from the Village People?

4. Hey, you must've been doin' about 125 mph to keep up
with me. Good job!

5. Are You Andy or Barney?

6. I thought you had to be in relatively good physical
condition to be a police officer.

7. You're not gonna check the trunk, are you?

8. Gee, Officer! That's terrific. The last officer only
gave me a warning, too!

9. I was trying to keep up with traffic. Yes, I know there are
no other cars around. That's how far ahead of me they are.

10. When the Officer says "Gee Son....Your eyes look red,
have you been drinking?" You probably shouldn't respond
with, "Gee Officer your eyes look glazed, have you been
eating doughnuts?"


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



Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
Resources for Success!(tm)
President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.


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