Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, January 16, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:
1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
Skills for Success: Resource Management
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Good
Tools Make Success Easy
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
I Remember When
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1. The One-Minute TIP
An essential skill for the 21st century is the ability to
allocate limited resources to achieve the results you
desire. Like a doctor doing triage in a crisis, high
achievers look at their limited resources of time, energy,
and money, and make skilled decisions about where to
invest. We cannot "do it all." We have 24 hours a day, and
a certain amount of energy and other resources. High
achievers use resources wisely.
2. Welcome Notes
I'm writing this on my laptop, sitting in my easy-chair on
a glorious morning. It's cold and cloudy, with freezing
rain and ice, and most people think it's an awful winter day.
And, I suppose since the majority rules, they must be right.
But as I sit here with my dog, my coffee, my computer and a
chance to connect with several thousand of my best friends,
I keep thinking, "who could ask for anything more?"
Shakespeare observed that "nothing is good or bad, but
thinking makes it so." The truth is that our attitude
colors everything in our lives, and I hope you're having a
wonderful day! We have much to be thankful for, and much to
do. Let's get on with it!
And on that basis, I want to invite you to participate in
the new "1st TEAM Coaching" project! The January group
filled up, and many people said they wanted to participate
but Monday was not a good day for them, so in February,
I'll start a new group on Tuesday afternoons. I expect the
group to fill quickly, so please contact me quickly!
The focus of the TEAM is (1) to be more productive, (2) to
be more efficient, and (3) to design systems that
automatically keep us focused on our most important tasks.
The TEAM has been hugely successful and if you would like
to achieve your goals for 2005, I hope you'll join us. You
can get info online at:
Or email me at:
3: Essential Skills for Success: Resource
Do you have extra time on your hands? How about more energy
than you need or extra money you don't know how to spend?
Not likely! When was the last time you complained about
having too much time or too much money?
A continuing dilemma is that while we are the richest
people in history, we also run short of the most basic
essentials of life. We are chronically short of time (time
to read, time to sleep, time to play - what's that????)
and most of us are tired all the time. We have cars and
houses, and we have 500 channels to entertain us, but not
enough time for a vacation with our kids. What's going on?
The problem is poor resource management.
High achievers in the 21sts century will be experts at
allocating scarce resources.
On a global basis, we may have shortages of raw materials,
or distribution problems that cause shortages of food, fuel
or even water, but on a personal level the biggest
challenge of the 21st century will be to manage the limited
resources of our own lives.
We all have 24 hours a day. Successful people, the top
performers in life, simply use their time more productively
than the rest of us. By the end of the day, they get more
Similarly, high achievers have about the same amount of
energy as the rest of us. They simply use it more
effectively. Yes, some people seem to need less sleep or
seem to be fired up all the time, but in the broad sweep of
things, most healthy people work hard every day. We all get
up early, work hard and go to bed tired.
The key is that given a limited amount of energy, or "go
power" for each day, high achievers focus on their most
significant and important activities. Given a limited
amount of energy, they conserve it, manage it, and allocate
it to their most important priorities. It's a skill and we
can learn from that!
Something similar applies to money. Now, obviously we do
NOT all have the same amount of money in our bank accounts,
but there is a HUGE difference in how high achievers look
at saving, investing, and spending. Robert Kyosaki has
helped millions of people understand the difference between
spending and investing. Rich people buy assets. The rest of
us simply spend money.
Regardless of how much money you have, it is a resource and
how you allocate it will make a huge difference in your
In the 21st century, we will all have access to vast
networks of people, information, and entertainment. The
opportunities are unlimited!
But. Some people will take advantage of the opportunities
while others will remain incredibly frustrated, watching on
the sidelines and wondering what went wrong. I believe
there are a few basics, the fundamentals of living a great
life, and there are a few key skills that will make all the
One of those key skills is the ability to allocate limited
resources to achieve the results you desire. Like a doctor
doing triage in a crisis, high achievers look at their
limited resources of time, energy, and money, and make
skilled decisions about where to invest. We cannot "do it
all." We have 24 hours a day, and a certain amount of
energy and other resources. We must use our resources
wisely and high achievers know this. You should, too!
How we allocate our scarce personal resources will
determine the outcomes we achieve.
4. Quotes of the Week
"People begin to become successful the minute they decide
-- Harvey Mackay
"Don't be afraid your life will end; be afraid that it will
-- Grace Hansen
"Saying yes and no clearly builds confidence and rids us of
the misconception that we are powerless."
-- Marsha Sinetar
"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and
astonish the rest."
-- Mark Twain
5. Strictly Business: Good Tools Make
Recently, Mary and I took our monthly drive to the Oregon
coast. We drove past a popular resort, and I was reminded
of the importance of good tools.
When we stayed at the resort a year ago, I remember that
our condo was gorgeous and had all the amenities, except
for lousy tools in the kitchen. We had a bunch of mis-
matched pots and pans, and dull knives. Since one of my
jobs on these outings is to do the cooking, during a quick
trip into town, I bought a good carving knife and it made
all the difference.
As you start a new year, what new tools do you and your
For many people, a favorite category are all the high-tech
gadgets we love. Of course, good communications, record-
keeping and scheduling are important and a Blackberry or a
new PDA can help.
But often the best tools, like a sharp kitchen knife, are
less expensive, less dramatic, and a lot more practical.
Is your wardrobe up-to-date? In an age of casual fashion,
many of us forget that "cloths DO make the wo/man." Always
present yourself in the most positive light.
Is your car reliable, clean and comfortable? I'm not
talking about buying a new car just for the fun of it, but
I am saying that safe, reliable transportation is key to
staying focused and doing your best.
How about your phones? As we do more and more business
through distance communication, how (and how quickly) your
phone is answered plays a huge role in getting the sale.
With so many options in long-distance carriers, wireless
systems and head-sets, make sure your equipment functions
PERFECTLY - every time!
Your tools should make your life easier, not harder. They
should position you as a professional and as the "obvious
choice." If in doubt, ask your clients to comment on your
equipment, your office and your level of service. You may
be surprised by what you hear!
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
High-Impact TEAM Coaching!
Give Yourself the Tools for Success!
The purpose of the TEAM is to help you be more productive,
more focused and more satisfied. We help you streamline
your day. We help you create DORS to the future you want.
These "Daily Organizing Routines" allow you to work less,
achieve more, and enjoy life! We all work hard, but some
people know the secrets to getting more and better results,
and the TEAM can teach you.
The demand for cost-effective coaching has never been
higher! Based on the number of emails and phone calls from
people who were not able to make the January TEAM, I've
agreed to offer a new group in February.
We'll meet on Tuesdays from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Eastern (New
York) time and we'll talk about the skills, techniques and
systems effective people use to achieve success. The
winners in life always spend time with other winners. Every
successful person has a team behind them - a think tank of
experts, a master mind group that teaches them, supports
them and coaches them to be their best. Don't you deserve
I hope you'll jump in! Get all the info and register at:
#2 101 Best Ways to Get Ahead
"encyclopedia" of Success!
As I've been telling you recently, Michael Angier has
compiled the most useful and most powerful "encyclopedia"
for achievement I've ever seen. He calls it "101 Best Ways
to Get Ahead" and I absolutely want you to jump on this,
buy it, print it out and keep it on your desk from now on!
Creating a GREAT life is ALWAYS an on-going journey. That
is why you need this book! In life we need to achieve a
wide variety of things. Some are financial, some focus on
our relationships. Some are connected to health and
fitness, others to parenting or preparing for retirement,
but ALL of these things have one thing in common:
Other people have figured out how to do them well. Someone,
somewhere has figured out the "recipe" to achieve the
things you want in life, and Michael has compiled the
quotes, recommendations, the "recipes" to get stuff done! I
hope you'll jump on this!
#3 Think Right Now!
Best Tools for CHANGE I've Found!
Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, lose weight, set and achieve goals or improve diet,
health and fitness and you know how good they are! My
clients turned me on to these CD's several months ago and
I'm incredibly impressed. I strongly urge you to jump on
this! Top achievers in every field listen to audio
programs. They imagine themselves winning, getting new
records and living the life they truly WANT, and they do it
by visualizing their victories in advance with the help of
Mike's programs. These are fantastic, both for yourself and
as gifts. Grab these!
#4 Got a Website?
Over the years, I've paid lots of money for shopping carts,
autoresponders and systems that were supposed to help me
serve my subscribers and make money from my website. None
of them worked, or more accurately they worked, but they
were complex, confusing and didn't work very well. Then I
discovered Don Schnure and the amazing programs he's put
together. They work! They are powerful, EASY to use, and
they let me automate my newsletter, my affiliate programs
and my shopping cart, with no hassle! I love this! And, you
can use it for 30 days to check it out. Highly recommended!
7. Humor: I Remember When
Here's a trip down memory lane for those of us who are
"of a certain age." For those too young to know about these
things, my sympathy - you missed the "golden age" of
growing up in the 1950's. But for everyone else, here's
some nostalgia from my friend, Bill Barrows, with one
addition (because of lawyers and because this is the 21st
century): CAUTION! Some of these practices may cause
severe illness, discomfort or DEATH! Be afraid; be very
My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on
the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach,
but we didn't get food poisoning?
My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used
to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were
wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag (not in icepack
coolers), but I don't remember getting E coli.
The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a
jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.
We all took gym, not PE... and risked injury with a pair
of high top Ked's instead of having cross-training athletic
shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors.
I can't recall any injuries but they must have happened
because they tell us how much safer we are now.
Every year, someone taught the whole school a lesson by
running down the halls with leather soles on linoleum tile
and hitting the wet spot. How much better off would we be
if we had only known we could sue the school system?
Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the
national anthem and staying in detention after school
caught all sorts of negative attention. We must have
had horribly damaged psyches.
Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.
I just can't recall how bored we were without computers,
Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable
I must also be repressing the dangers as we trekked about a
mile down the road to some guy's vacant lot, built forts,
and fought over who got to be the Lone Ranger. What was
that property owner thinking? He should have been locked up
for not putting up a fence around the property, complete
with a self-closing gate and an infrared intruder alarm.
Oh yeah... and where was the Benadryl and sterilization
kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!
We played king of the hill on piles of gravel left on
vacant lots and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-
cent bottle of Mercurochrome (kids liked it better because
it didn't sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt
spanked. Now it's a trip to the emergency room, followed by
a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics and then Mom
sues the owner for leaving a pile of gravel where it was
such a threat.
We didn't act up at the neighbor's house either because if
we did, we got our butt spanked (physical abuse) and then
we got spanked again when we got home! So unfair!
Summers were spent behind the push lawn mower and I didn't
even know that mowers came with motors until I was 13 and
we got one that didn't even have an automatic blade-stop or
auto-drive. How sick were my parents?
Of course my parents weren't the only psychos. I recall
Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his
tricks on the front stoop just before he fell off. Little
did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.
Instead she picked him up and swatted him for being such
a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.
To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been
told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could
we possibly have known that? We needed group therapy and
anger management classes? Who knew?
We were obviously so duped by societal ills that we didn't
notice that the entire country wasn't taking Prozac! How
did we ever survive?
Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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