Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, February 8, 2004
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:
1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. We Become
What We Think About Most
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business:
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Will the REAL Moron Please Stand Up?
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1. The One-Minute TIP
Do what you love. You will make your biggest contribution
when you passionately pursue your talents and use your
strengths. Martin Luther King, Jr. did many great things,
but perhaps his greatest moment came in Washington, DC when
he proclaimed, "I have a dream!" We all remember that, and
millions have been inspired by it. What's your dream?
2. Welcome Notes
After several days of the fog, this morning is absolutely
gorgeous! As I walked this morning, the moon was setting
over the hills to the west, and there was a magnificent
blue-black-silver in the east that promised another great
day. Now, the sky is turning pink and orange, and soon the
sun will peak over the Cascades. What a world!
And - Valentines is next Saturday! I know not everyone
celebrates this, and it does seem a bit manipulative the
way the card and flower and candy companies "make" us buy
their products, but on the positive side - NEVER miss a
chance to celebrate love! Start planning right now to make
it a special time! And remember that we ALL have special
people in our lives!
Some of us are partnered or married, but we ALL know
someone who deserves a huge thank you, a special greeting,
or a bunch of flowers.
For all you long-time subscribers, here are my two annual
1. Check out my Top 10 Secrets for Great Sex! No, they
aren't crudie or risque, especially by today's unfortunate
standards. In fact I admit they're rather tame, but people
seem to like them and I suspect that's because they work!
2. 101 Most Romantic Things To Say and Do. This list was
compiled from suggestions sent in by subscribers and it's
still one of the most-requested things we've ever done. Get
your copy by sending an email to our autoresponder at:
And finally, I have to add a word about our World-Class
Life(tm) Conference in May. In only 16 days we've sold
HALF the seats! The response from last year's participants
who are coming back (that's an extraordinary confirmation
of the value and power of this thing!) and new people eager
to grab a spot before we sell out has been amazing. This
is the one Conference dedicated to enriching the whole
person - mind, body, spirit, goals, relationships and
balance - and I hope you'll join us! It's a great thing
in a magnificent location, at a rock-bottom price.
3: We Become What We Think About Most
There is great wisdom in the idea that "we become what we
think about most of the time." The human brain is a goal-
seeking, problem-solving machine, and the things we think
about, focus on, and worry about inevitably shape our
destiny. We all know this, and yet most of us completely
fail to see (or seize) the opportunity.
Our world is filled with joy, with tremendous literature,
endless opportunity and boundless love, and yet too often,
our minds are consumed with bad news or the minor
irritations of life. Life is too short for that!
This week I've been contemplating the things most of us
"put in" to our lives.
As I get older, I may be getting cranky, but there does
seem to be an amazing amount of garbage in our society.
Last week's Super Bowl half-time "show" is one example. Is
that "entertainment?" Does it qualify as "music?" Do real
people actually watch this stuff? Do we really need more of
it in our lives? Yeah, I know, one more old bald guy
grumbling about the musical tastes of the young and yet,
I come back to the central point:
We are in charge of what we watch, listen to and think
about, and for better or worse, every bit of it shapes our
lives and predicts our future. We can surround ourselves
with the best ideas and the best resources ever created -
and we should!
This week, I had several emails and conversations with
people who inspire me. I talked with a man who is leaving
a lucrative law practice to teach high school math. He'll
earn less, but as he said, "I can make a greater impact by
teaching than by spending my life in Court." He's pursuing
a grand dream, and my guess is he'll have the best (and
perhaps some of the worst) days of his life! And he'll
know he's alive!
This week, I also read Fred Howard's biography of Wilbur
and Orville Wright and was struck by his statement that
whenever they started a new project, "their natural first
step was to research it at the library." They did not
invent the airplane by accident. It was the result of
focused thought and hard work over several years.
Eventually, what they thought about most came to pass.
Several years ago, Michael Clark, gave me a wonderful
phrase. He said, "When you do what you love, you'll never
work another day the rest of your life." I love that, and
have usually found it to be true.
Sure, some situations frustrate me, and sometimes I even
frustrate myself, but over-all, doing what we love and what
we enjoy, changes everything!
In my opinion, if you truly desire to live well, to achieve
much, and (perhaps) make some real money, consider these two
1. Refuse to fill your time, your life or your brain with
garbage. Read the best stuff. Talk with the healthiest,
wisest, smartest, most challenging people you can. Attend
the seminars and learn from the experts! Listen to great
music and to the whisperings of your heart. Laugh a lot.
Worship often, and be grateful.
2. Do what you love. You will make your biggest
contribution when you passionately pursue your talents and
use your strengths. Martin Luther King, Jr. did many great
things, but perhaps his greatest moment came in Washington,
DC when he proclaimed, "I have a dream!" We all remember
that, and millions have been inspired by it. What's your
If you would like time and
support to clarify your
dreams and develop exquisite
strategies for living the
life you truly want, join us
for the World-Class Life(tm)
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4. Quotes of the Week
"There's no scarcity of opportunity to make a living at
what you love. There is only a scarcity of resolve to make
-- Wayne Dyer
"It is our duty as men and women to proceed as though the
limits to our abilities do not exist."
-- Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
"The minute you settle for less than you deserve, you get
even less than you settled for."
-- Maureen Dowd
"The man who comes up with a means for doing or producing
anything better, faster or more economically has his future
and his fortune at his fingertips."
-- John Paul Getty
5. Strictly Business: Targets and
Almost every reader of TIP's knows the value of writing
down your most important goals. In business, however,
I often find that we fail to break our goals into small
enough chunks. We have 5-year plans and yearly goals or
objectives, but we don't break them down into monthly
targets and daily activities.
As a wise man once told me, "A goal without a plan is just
If your goals are important, get a calendar or a notebook,
and break them down into specific targets. An obvious
example is that if you wish to save $5000 this year, commit
to saving $417 each month.
Many of my professional clients (doctors, chiropractors
and so forth) have goals for improving quality of care,
attracting more clients, and increasing revenues, but too
often they fail to break their goals into weekly action steps.
What does "quality of care" mean in terms of activities
and phone calls this week? What needs to happen this week,
or this month, to attract new clients? Who is responsible
for the marketing plan? What's the budget in time and
dollars, and what are the expected results?
Without specific benchmarks along the way, we rarely reach
our long-term goals. Have the courage to examine your
goals in terms of monthly, weekly and even daily activites,
then hold yourself accountable. Are you taking steps to
market your business? Is your customer satisfaction going
up? Are you cutting costs? Are you doing better work?
How do you measure your progress day by day?
The answers to these questions will determine whether or
not you reach your goals, and ultimately, whether or not
you create the business and the life you really want.
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
#1 World-Class Life Conference!
You are invited for the "time of your life" - time to
review the past, refresh in the present, and time to
PREVIEW the future and develop magnificent strategies for
the rest of your life. The World-Class Life(tm) Conference
sells out every year, and this is no exception. In only 16
days, over HALF the spots are already gone! That is
extraordinary and speaks to the power of this Conference
and the DESIRE people have for an opportunity to step
away from the daily routine, relax in a beautiful, supportive
environment, and get the help they need to imagine their
future, PERFECT in every aspect.
At the WCL, there is time and an environment where you
can review your highest values, define your most important
dreams, set goals, and (most importantly) design elegant
strategies to create the life you want with less of the
dreaded "trying" and struggle. What will you get? Time!
Tools! Techniques and Support. But most of all, you'll
have a chance to connect with your aspirations and space
to design the life you truly want. I hope you'll join us!
#2 Think Right Now!
This is an incredible example of a company going the
"extra mile" in service and customer support. This could
easily be a model for a future business article, and I
hope you'll jump on this.
The Think Right Now audio programs are superb! Their focus
on health and wellness, and on goal setting and practical
skills like sales, are incredible. Their programs are very
well done, and THEY WORK! My clients love them (my clients
introduced me to them) and using the programs DOES make
a difference! I highly recommend them and I hope you'll
jump on this! I personally use the goal setting, exercise
and healthy eating programs almost every day, and I'm can
tell you, they are fantastic! If you want to start 2004
on a stronger footing, buy and use these programs!
#3 The One-Minute Millionaire
By Mark Victor Hansen
and Robert Allen
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The principles and rules for making money are not
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(It's getting MUCH easier!)
I'm a "raving fan" of this system that makes it EASY to
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make money with my website and newsletter, without having
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7. Humor: Will the REAL Moron Please Stand Up?
It's been a while since I've passed along humor from my
friend and regular supplier, Dolly. These are real gems
and I take her on her word of honor that they are true,
documented and absolutely reliable - right, Dolly? I
wouldn't want to look like a moron by falling for a fib!
1. When AT&T fired President John Walter after nine
months, saying he lacked intellectual leadership, he
received a $26 million severance package. And it's
supposed to be Walter who's lacking intelligence?!
2. Police in Oakland, California spent two hours
attempting to subdue a gunman who had barricaded himself
inside his home. After firing ten tear gas canisters,
officers discovered that the man was standing beside them
in the police line, shouting, "Please come out and give
3. An Illinois man, pretending to have a gun, kidnapped a
motorist and forced him to drive to two different automated
teller machines, wherein the kidnapper proceeded to
withdraw money from his own bank accounts.
4. A man walked into a Topeka, Kansas store and asked for
all the money in the cash drawer. Apparently, the take was
too small, so he tied up the store clerk and worked the
counter himself for three hours until police showed up and
5. Police in Los Angeles had good luck with a robbery
suspect who just couldn't control himself during a lineup.
When detectives asked each man in the lineup to repeat
the words: "Give me all your money or I'll shoot," the man
shouted, "That's not what I said!"
6. In Modesto, California, Steven Richard King was arrested
for trying to hold up a bank without a weapon. King used a
thumb and a finger to simulate a gun, but unfortunately, he
failed to keep his hand in his pocket. (hellooooooo!)
7. THE GRAND FINALE: Last summer, on Lake Isabella,
located an hour east of Bakersfield, California, some folks
had a problem with their new boat. Seems it was sluggish,
no matter how much power was applied. After about an hour
of trying to make it go, they went to a nearby marina,
thinking someone there could tell them what was wrong. A
thorough topside check revealed everything in perfect
working condition. The engine ran fine, and the propeller
was the correct size and pitch. So, one of the marina guys
jumped in the water to check underneath. He came up choking
on water, he was laughing so hard. Under the boat, still
strapped securely in place, was the trailer!
Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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