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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, January 30, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2.
Welcome Notes
3.
Living a GREAT Life! 
4.
Quotes of the Week
5.
Strictly Business:  Is It Easy to Do Business With You?   
6.
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7.
Humor:   Burma Shave Signs!

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1. The One-Minute TIP

Set it as your minimum standard to live a GREAT life, to
make a difference and have some fun! Eventually, down the
road one day, we all have to look back and assess our life
and when that time comes, we want to smile, knowing we did
it right. Set that as your standard, and go for it!

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2. Welcome Notes

This weekend, millions of brave people will go the polls in
Iraq and whatever you think of the U.S. involvement there,
I believe all of us can support the Iraqi people and send
prayers for peace in their country. Hopefully, the election
will be the start of a new future for that wonderful
country and its citizens.

On a personal note, I had a shocking (and humorous) example
of how much the future tends to repeat the past UNLESS and
EXCEPT when we take specific, conscious steps to change
direction. Mary almost never asks to go out to dinner
(that's usually my job) but one night this week she asked
to go to a great Italian restaurant we haven't visited in
many months.

A few minutes later we were waiting for our table and I
heard myself continuing a conversation we started in that
same lobby years ago! I hadn't planned it, but I heard
words coming out of my mouth and I had to laugh! It only
happens in this one place, but when we go to Mazzi's, we
ALWAYS talk about our fantasy trip to Tuscany!

There is no doubt in my mind that (1) we are creatures of
habit, and (2) we are powerfully influenced by our
surroundings! What "automatic" thoughts, words and actions
influence your days? What small change in your environment
might - just might - make a HUGE difference in your results,
your future and your happiness?

And, that leads me to the 11th Annual World Class Life
Conference in Wisconsin, this May 12-14th. I sent a special
TIPS this week and 9 people signed up in the first 24 hours!
This is a wonderful, powerful chance to pamper yourself
and focus on designing, creating and LIVING the life you
truly want! Why not put yourself in the perfect surroundings?
There are still a couple "early adopter half-off" spots
left and I hope you'll take action, get in gear and join us!

Get info and register at:
http://MyWorldClassLife.com


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3:  Living a GREAT Life!

What does a GREAT life mean to you? That is one of the most
important questions an adult can ask - and answer.

Too many of us wander through life and never examine that
question. We fantasize that a great life is having money or
fame or raising a family, perhaps driving a new car or
having a house in the Hamptons, but we never rigorously
decide exactly how we want to live our lives and what a
GREAT would look like.

We all know that a great life does not happen by accident.
A great life is not inherited and it does not come with a
diploma, a promotion, getting married (or divorced), having
kids or retiring early. A great life is NEVER automatic. It
cannot be inherited and it never comes like an accessory
with the "goodies" of life. Sure, lots of money, a
penthouse apartment, political power or winning the Nobel
Prize are wonderful things and I encourage you to aspire to
ALL of them.

But none of them will guarantee you a great life.

It seems to me that a GREAT life has a grand purpose, a
central theme and a unifying vision. A great life is a
lifestyle that is chosen "on purpose" and is lived in the
service of a vision greater than itself. A great life is
living "a life of one's own" and it is invested, not merely
spent.

Second, it seems to me that a GREAT life makes a great
contribution. A great life uses its talents and abilities
to makeat least one small corner of the world better. A
great life stands up, speaks out, and gets things done. A
GREAT life makes a measurable difference and leaves the
world better than we found it.

Third, it seems to me that a GREAT life leaves a path for
others to follow. It is good to do great things; it's even
BETTER to do great things and teach others to follow your
lead. A GREAT life leaves a legacy. A GREAT life inspires
the next generation to go further, reach farther, dream
bigger and achieve more.

I am convinced that every one of us has the ability and the
right to a GREAT life. Greatness is not reserved for a
lucky few, for the rich or the powerful, for the artistic
or for any small category of people. Living a GREAT life is
the birthright of every human being, whether we
expressgreatness in designing tall buildings, or by
teaching children to stand tall.

Greatness is our birthright, whether we express our unique
greatness in business or government, in art or music, in
parenting, or in any of the thousands of so-called "small"
ways that we often over-look, but which are absolutely
essential. Most people remember a special teacher, and
many of us had an uncle who taught us to whistle or a
grandmother who taught us to read. Perhaps there was a
neighbor who taught us to fish, who gave us our first job,
or dared us to persevere when things were hard.

We all have the opportunity, and the challenge, to make a
difference and to be GREAT. Each of us is invited to live
a magnificent life, a life of substance and distinction
that changes the world for those we touch.

I love the story of the "star throwe," about a man walking
on a beach after a storm, throwing starfish back into the
ocean so they won't die on the shore. Someone criticizes
him for wasting his time, noting there are millions of
starfish, and the few he saves won't make much difference.
The man silently bends over, throws a starfish into the
surf and replies, "It made a difference for that one."

Set it as your minimum standard to live a GREAT life, to
make a difference and have some fun! Eventually, down the
road one day, we all have to look back and assess our life
and when that time comes, we want to smile, knowing we did
it right. Set that as your standard, and go for it!

    Designing and building a World Class Life(tm) is what
    our May Conference is about - looking at values and
    aspirations, at strategies and practical steps, and at
    what's possible. Space has sold out the last two years
    and it will go quickly this year, too. Put it on your
    calendar, register and join us! You deserve this wonderful
    experience, so take action, check it out and sign up!
    http://MyWorldClassLife.com


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4. Quotes of the Week

"We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility."
                                            -- Albert Einstein

"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream
things that never were and ask why not."
                                            -- George Bernard Shaw

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find
out how far one can go."
                                            -- T. S. Eliot

"Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about
what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash."
                                            -- Harriet Rubin


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5. Strictly Business:   Is It Easy to Do Business With You?

One of the basics for any business is that it should be
EASY for customers to do business with you! It should be
easy to find you, easy to talk with you, easy to order and
easy to get great service when it's needed.

This week, I violated that basic rule.

In announcing the World Class Life (tm) Conference we
increased our online shopping cart security but in our
concern for safety, we made the system so strict that NO
ONE could register, including myself! The first seven
people were all declined, including a doctor from South
Carolina who has apparently changed his mind. In our
attempts to increase security, I may have lost a customer
and discouraged someone who was obviously eager to attend.
That's a loss for my business, for the good doctor, and
for everyone who would have benefited from his participation.

Don't do that to your business!

And yet businesses do that every day. One local restaurant
has an impossible parking lot. I think it's dangerous and I
hate going there. I see businesses without good signs, and
I call businesses who don't accept calls from "blocked"
numbers! How dumb is that?

I see home-based businesses without dedicated business
phones, or worse, that share answering machines with their
kids!

This week on the television show, "The Apprentice," one
candidate cursed during an interview in the board room.
Would Donald Trump hire an executive who uses that kind of
language in a formal meeting? I can't imagine.

Make it easy to do business with you, and remember -
"everything counts!" Both success and failure are in the
details. Make it easy to do business with you.


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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

#1     The 11th Annual World Class Life(tm) Conference
         May 12-14th in Beautiful Wisconsin!
         If not now, when?
         If not you, who?
         www.MyWorldClassLife.com

 
The most successful people in the world know who they are
and where they are going. Living well can be defined as
living "a life of one's own." Too many of us spend our
lives working hard, racing from here to there and chasing
other people's goals! Don't let that happen to you! You
DESERVE 3 days to focus on yourself! You deserve time to
clarify your major purpose and highest aspirations in life!
You deserve practical, powerful strategies to make your
dreams come true!

Of course you do! And the winners in life TAKE the time.
They INVEST in themselves, their skills and their goals.
They network with the best people they can find. They
attend the seminars. They plot strategy and make sure they
are "on course" and focused on their most important
priorities.

A great life does not happen by accident or by working
"harder" and hoping for the best. Success in life - total,
balanced, fulfilling success - is the logical result of
doing the right things, in the right order, at the right
time. The WCL has been THE turning point for many, many
people over the years. It gives you the tools and the time,
the space and permission to focus on what you truly want
for this one and only life. It gives you strategies that
work, and the inspiration to work them. This May, make the
commitment to create and live the life you truly want!

I hope you'll join us. Get all the info and register at:
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7. Humor:    Burma Shave Signs!

I assume most TIPS readers are too young to remember these
old signs along America's country roads, but Bill Barrows
forwarded these to me and for those "of a certain age" they
bring back wonderful memories. And, they are good reminders
for you "young ones" as well. Enjoy!

Remember these? For those who never saw the Burma Shave
signs, here is a quick lesson in our history of the 1930's
and '40's. Before the Interstates, when everyone drove the
old 2 lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all
over the countryside in farmers' fields. They were small
red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet
apart, each containing 1 line of a 4 line couplet......and
the obligatory 5th sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular
shaving cream.

Here are some of the actual signs:

DON'T LOSE YOUR HEAD
TO GAIN A MINUTE
YOU NEED YOUR HEAD
YOUR BRAINS ARE IN IT
Burma Shave

DROVE TOO LONG
DRIVER SNOOZING
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT
IS NOT AMUSING
Burma Shave

BROTHER SPEEDER
LET'S REHEARSE
ALL TOGETHER
GOOD MORNING, NURSE
Burma Shave

CAUTIOUS RIDER
TO HER RECKLESS DEAR
LET'S HAVE LESS BULL
AND MORE STEER
Burma Shave

SHE KISSED THE HAIRBRUSH
BY MISTAKE
SHE THOUGHT IT WAS
HER HUSBAND JAKE
Burma Shave

THE MIDNIGHT RIDE
OF PAUL FOR BEER
LED TO A WARMER
HEMISPHERE
Burma Shave

AROUND THE CURVE
LICKETY-SPLIT
BEAUTIFUL CAR
WASN'T IT?
Burma Shave

SPEED WAS HIGH
WEATHER WAS HOT
TIRES WERE THIN
X MARKS THE SPOT
Burma Shave

A GUY WHO DRIVES
A CAR WIDE OPEN
IS NOT THINKIN'
HE'S JUST HOPIN'
Burma Shave

THE ONE WHO DRIVES
WHEN HE'S BEEN DRINKING
DEPENDS ON YOU
TO DO HIS THINKING
Burma Shave

CAR IN DITCH
DRIVER IN TREE
THE MOON WAS FULL
AND SO WAS HE.
Burma Shave

And my all time favorite:

PASSING SCHOOL ZONE
TAKE IT SLOW
LET OUR LITTLE
SHAVERS GROW
Burma Shave

Do these bring back memories??
If not, you are such a child.
If they do, you're older then dirt, like me!

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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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