Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, December 28, 2003
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:
1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. Amelia Earhart's
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Step
Back, Have Fun
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: The
Van Gogh Family Reunion!
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1. The One-Minute TIP
Amelia Earhart was clearly gifted, but more than anything
else, she worked hard, knew her destinations and let nothing
blow her off-course. We can learn from that. Know your
destination. Stay awake. Stay focused. Remain disciplined.
Keep going when others quit.
2. Welcome Notes
What a remarkable week! I hope you and your loved ones had
a marvelous time celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice
- or just finding an excuse for a great party! In our
family, we celebrate Christmas and it was a wonderful day
of relaxation, exchanging gifts and eating good food.
I also did something on Christmas that turned out to be far
more controversial than I expected. I recently read a
wonderful biography of Amelia Earhart (see below) and sent
a review to the members of my BEST BOOKS mailing list. I
guess it was my fault for working on a holiday, but several
people wrote not to criticize my review, but to rudely
claim she "shouldn't" be a role-model. Well, I disagree
and so (fair warning) have included notes about her life
in my main article.
And, if you can stand a bit of controversy (who knew?), you
are welcome to join the BEST BOOKS mailing list. The
mailing is informal and is sent "occasionally" with
recommendations of books and audio programs that are worthy
of our time and attention. (Obviously there is no pressure
to buy anything - just my notes and recommendations.) This
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Now, who has a favorite book they want to share? Any
authors want to forward review copies? Let's make 2004 a
year of great reading, positive ideas and personal growth!
3: Amelia Earhart's Surviving Gift
I recently read Doris Rich's biography of Amelia Earhart
and what struck me was that Amelia's great gift was that
she always knew her direction in life.
Obviously, Earhart is most famous for the records she set -
first woman to fly the Atlantic, first person to fly across
twice, and so forth - and of course, we remember the
mystery of her disappearance. What we often miss is the
genius of her living.
Earhart was a model of grand dreams and down-to-earth
practicality. She wrote and loved poetry, she was a
political activist, a feminist, a nurse and public speaker.
She was a social worker before she became famous, and she
understood the connection between our dreams and our
Earhart understood that achieving our dreams requires a
practical SCHEME and the WILL to pursue it. That was
Earhart's real genius.
While I stand in awe of her skill as a pilot, what
impressed me even more was her capacity for hard work. She
regularly gave speeches (often two speeches per day) in a
different city every day, for weeks on end. She would
speak, sleep a few hours, drive all night, hold a press
conference over breakfast, rest a couple hours, then give
her speech and repeat the process. Imagine doing that day
after day, for weeks!
Now, imagine speaking and traveling every day, while also
writing articles in your spare time, being politically
involved and working with Congress on the future of
aviation, and simultaneously preparing for another world-
record flight. What an amazing example of energy,
persistence, determination and force of will!
How did she do it?
Well, I admit that I think she had an extraordinary genetic
gift - that may be an excuse, but I just can't imagine the
schedule she maintained, so I cop-out and claim she was
"different" than the rest of us!
But, how about the similarities?
Earhart always knew what she wanted and used her desire to
set her course.
Most of us want so many things that we don't truly know
what we want most. We want things that actually contradict
each other, like losing weight while eating more and more
food. We tolerate things that distract us, that drain our
energy, and take our focus away from our primary goals.
Earhart didn't fall into that trap. Her ability to say, "I
want to do this" and then focus her energy and her will on
achieving her goal were astonishing. Fortunately, we, too,
can choose our directions, set our goals, and focus our
If anyone had the excuse of "too much to do", it would have
been America's most famous woman. The demands on her time
were incredible, but she learned to choose her battles, to
focus her attention and discipline her efforts. We can
learn from that!
In the new year, what are your most important goals? Like
every year, 2004 will bring the unexpected and unpredicted.
It will tempt us in a thousand ways with a zillion
opportunities, a ton of problems and a dozen daily
distractions, but through it all, a few of us - the high
achievers everyone else calls "lucky" - will stay focused
on their critical, passionate goals.
Earhart was clearly gifted, but more than anything else,
she worked hard, knew her destinations and let nothing blow
her off-course. We can learn from that. Know your
destination. Stay awake. Stay focused. Remain
disciplined. Keep going when others quit.
4. Quotes of the Week
"I want to do it because I want to do it."
-- Amelia Earhart
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to
-- Jeremy Kitson
"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
-- Walt Disney
"Reach high, for stars lie hidden in your soul. Dream deep,
for every dream precedes the goal."
-- Pamela Vaull Starr
5. Strictly Business: Step Back, Have Fun
This is the week between Christmas and New Year's, the last
week of the year, and the most important thing I can advise
my clients to do is...nothing.
A great truth and sad irony about business is that the most
successful people always make it look "easy", while all the
rest of us are working "hard". High achievers know the
value of planning, perspective, and down-right, plain old
laziness. Yes, I said laziness.
Do you remember the story of Tom Sawyer white washing the
fence? His aunt told him to paint the fence, a job he
hated. So after a bit of thought, he enthusiastically got
started. Soon, his friends ask what he was doing and he
told them. Then, they asked if they could help, but he
regretfully explained that it was a very important job and
he didn't think they could do it correctly. Eventually,
his friends ended up paying him for the "privilege" of
painting the fence!
Now that's what I call a job well done!
A similar story comes from Abraham Lincoln who is supposed
to have said that if he had six hours to chop down a tree,
he would begin by spending five hours sharpening his ax.
The point is there is almost always an easier, smarter, and
more profitable way to run our businesses, but most of us
are so busy, so caught up in the daily grind that we not
only don't see it, too often we forget to even look!
This week, plan your year for 2004. List your priorities
and schedule time for continuing education. Set your
revenue and profit projections, schedule your sales
targets, but also list time to get away, gain perspective
and do the most important work required of any business
owner: Creative Thinking!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
#1 "Amelia Earhart"
Amelia Earhart was one of the towering inspirations of the
20th century. A poet, adventurer, feminist, political
activist, and (by the way) a pretty good pilot, she
deserves to be remembered for far more than the records she
set and the mysteries of her death.
As a book review, I should note that Rich's book is great
fun and reads quickly, with a nice mix of stories to
demonstrate Amelia's personality, and historical facts and
observations that set the context for her life. Rich
documents a variety of errors in judgment and human
frailties, but this is not a book of gossip or criticism.
It's the story of a remarkable human being who lived when
women "didn't do such things", and yet she did them with
remarkable grace, skill, courage and style. One of the
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courage can inspire our own.
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7. Humor: The Van Gogh Family Reunion!
Various collections of puns based on Van Gogh's name
have been around for a long time, and Bob Armstrong
recently sent me this collection and while I'm embarrassed
to admit it (Only rude children laugh at humor based on
someone's name!), I did laugh right out loud. Thanks, Bob,
and best wishes to all of you for a humorous, delightful 2004!
After much careful research, it has been discovered that
the artist Vincent Van Gogh had many relatives. Among them were:
His obnoxious brother....................Please Gogh
His dizzy aunt ..........................Verti Gogh
The brother who ate prunes...............Gotta Gogh
The constipated uncle ...................Cant Gogh
The brother who worked at a corner store.....Stopn Gogh
The grandfather from Yugoslavia..........U Gogh
The brother who bleached his clothes white.....Hue Gogh
The cousin from Illinois.................Chica Gogh
His magician uncle.......................Wherediddy Gogh
His Mexican cousin.......................Amee Gogh
The Mexican cousin's American half brother....Grin Gogh
The ballroom dancing aunt................Tan Gogh
A sister who loved disco.................Go Gogh
The nephew who drove a stage coach.......Wellsfar Gogh
The bird lover uncle.....................Flamin Gogh
His nephew psychoanalyst.................E Gogh
The fruit loving cousin..................Man Gogh
An aunt who taught positive thinking.....Wayto Gogh
The little bouncy nephew.................Poe Gogh
And his niece who travels the country in a van.....Winnie Bay Gogh
Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
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