Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
May 29, 2005
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:
1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
Personal Memorial Days
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: Your
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Testimony From St Louis Courts
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1. The One-Minute TIP
Freedom and opportunity only exist if they are used! And
more than that, one of the ways we fuel our dreams and
empower the future is by "borrowing" confidence from the
past. Celebrate your past achievements and use them to
know, deep inside, that you can boldly go wherever your
wish in the future. Go climb some big mountains!
2. Welcome Notes
This is the traditional Memorial Day Weekend here in the
U.S. and there are bands and picnics and celebrations all
over the country. But even more important, it's also the
weekend my nephew, Sheldon, is marrying the love of his
life and we're all in Omaha to celebrate with him! Way to
go Sheldon - and to the lovely Juliette, welcome to the
family, with all our love and best wishes!
And, I want to say how flattered Mary and I are that they
chose our 19th anniversary to get married! For them to
honor us by getting married on our anniversary blew me
away! <g> (I don't think they had any idea about our
anniversary, but it was fun to tease them and to be part of
their big day!)
Wherever you are, and whoever you're with, have a wonderful
weekend! In the U.S., Memorial Day is the traditional date
of the Indianapolis 500, the biggest auto race of the year,
and the semi-official start of summer. As I often do, I
want to remind you to enjoy nature this weekend. Go for a
walk, watch the flowers grow, fly a kite or have a
barbeque, but celebrate the changing seasons. This is your
Finally, I strongly urge any of you who are in business or
run service organizations and do not already have a vibrant
newsletter to jump on Alex Brown's new "ezine in a box"
system. Newsletters are essential for staying in touch with
your customers, developing prospects, and building your
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3: Your Personal Memorial Days
As I said above, in America this is our Memorial Day
Weekend, a time traditionally set aside to honor those who
gave their lives for our freedom.
Liberty and democracy are fragile things and they do not
flourish by themselves. They require loving care and, too
often, costly sacrifice by those who cherish them. Every
day, liberty is under attack by those who would censor our
words, our thoughts and our prayers. Every day, freedom is
challenged, sometimes by well-intentioned people who simply
want more "order" at the expense of chaotic, inefficient
We are free people and we can disagree about where, and
how, and when we should defend freedom, but we are only
free because brave men and women have resisted tyranny. In
honor of those who died on 9/11, and to those who have
sacrificed so we can have our picnics and watch our races,
and have our debates: Thank you.
And now I want to make a tricky intellectual "pivot" and
turn from talking about honoring those who fought for our
freedoms, and talk about how we build our own lives, and
the "Memorial Days" that signify our progress. Clearly, we
must first acknowledge Memorial Day the way it was intended
and honor those who have given their lives for our freedom,
but we honor them most by USING our freedom, not merely
luxuriating in it.
I'm going to make a strong, blunt statement that may offend
some, but here goes: I believe too many of us (around the
world, not only in the U.S.) have grown flabby and lazy. We
enjoy our freedoms, our wealth and our opportunities, but
we also squander them.
Too often, we use our freedom to become consummate
consumers, rather that expert builders. Too often, we use
our freedom to complain rather than to create. Too often,
we use our wealth and our power to become couch potatoes
and channel-surfers rather than pursuing our potential and
exploring the limits of possibility.
As you celebrate this Memorial Day, what are the key dates
in your own life? As you look back, do you mark the date
you graduated, or the date you launched your business? Do
you mark the date you set your own course, and risked
everything to pursue your dreams?
On a warm, sunny day in July, 1984, a friend and I reached
the summit of Mt. Blanca, a 14,0000-foot mountain in
Colorado and as we enjoyed the view, I knew that we would
climb many more mountains together. I didn't ask Mary to be
my life partner for two more years, but that day on the
mountain is one of my personal "Memorial Days." I remember;
it changed my life.
I remember a blustery, rainy day on December 12, 1997. That
was the day I turned in my keys and walked away from the
clinic I had built. I'd sold it earlier, but had agreed to
stay until the end of the year, and on that Friday
afternoon, I launched a new direction. It is one of my
How about you? What are your personal Memorial Days? Have
you used your freedoms, your talent, your dreams and
abilities to create the life you want? Some dates are
specific and easy to recall, others may not have seemed
special but in retrospect, we know they were turning
points. We all have these Memorial Days and they are
Honor them. Honor yourself! Freedom and opportunity only
exist if they are used! And more than that, one of the ways
we fuel our dreams and empower the future is by "borrowing"
confidence from the past. Celebrate your past achievements
and use them to know, deep inside, that you can boldly go
wherever your wish in the future. Climb some big mountains!
4. Quotes of the Week
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved."
-- Jeremy Kitson
"Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What's a
sundial in the shade?"
-- Ben Franklin
"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by
pressing the limits do you ever find them."
-- Dr. Joyce Brothers
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the
things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw
off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the
trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
-- Mark Twain
5. Strictly Business: Your Summer
This whole issue of TIPS has been about Memorial Day and
our American holiday weekend, and I recommend that every
professional and entrepreneur enjoy it. Take the weekend
off! Have some family time, and enjoy it! But come Tuesday,
you've got work to do.
I am a huge believer in short-term goals. Long-term goals
are useful, but it's the short-term projects and summer
campaigns that make all the difference in life.
Your competitors will take the summer off. Your employees
will take vacations and you'll need to cover for them, and
you will want to do some of your own fishing or attend some
ball games, or take the kids camping. These are good
things! But-and it's a huge but!-the coming few weeks can
make all the difference to your bottom line at the end of
While the world is enjoying the "lazy, hazy, crazy days of
summer" you want to set new sales goals, and achieve them!
While everyone else is relaxing in the long days of summer
(or the cold days of winter for our subscribers "down
under), you want to be laying the foundation for a
This summer, get a jump on the competition. Get a jump on
your future! This summer, be busy. It's during the long
days of summer than our harvest is growing, that our
fortune is created. Use the summer well. Be busy about
important things and when fall comes and everyone else is
picking up where they left off this spring, you'll be ahead
of the game.
If having a coach makes sense, drop me an email. My email
is: Coach@philiphumbert.com and I have openings for 3 new
coaching clients. If you are serious, and have the
resources to make a splash in something other than the
neighborhood swimming pool, I look forward to working with
you. Let's get going.
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
#1 Start (and Profit from) Your Own Ezine
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Ezines Made Easy!
I am amazed that more TIPS subscribers haven't jumped on
this! For many of you, this is a "newsletter in a box" and
I highly recommend it! Every week I am asked how I've built
TIPS into one of the largest coaching newsletters in the
world, and when I can, I like to help. Now, however,
Alexandria Brown has down the work for me - and for you!
Launching a newsletter is easy. I started TIPS in an
afternoon and you can do it, too. Reaching a large audience
and building your newsletter into a business-getting
dynamo, however, is another story. Fortunately, Alex has
put together a remarkable "paint-by-the-numbers" guide that
shows you every step of the way. You get a ring-binder of
amazing info, stuff I hadn't figured out in 9 years! You
get hundreds of time-saving tips and resources to market
your ezine that will generate thousands of subscribers. I
wish I had this guide when I was starting out! This is great
material! If you aren't touching base with your customers
in a personal way, you are missing one of the key tools to
build your business! Every professional, small business and
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The "Sedona Method"
People ask me how they can "really explode my success and
change my life", and after telling them there is no magic
bullet, I refer them to The Sedona Method(tm). This series
of tapes and workbooks is, without doubt, the MOST
successful, thorough and powerful program for taking charge
of your life that I have ever seen. I wish I had written
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and for goodness sake, sign up for their free newsletter!
Their simple observation that, 'Happiness is free' opened
my eyes and was the beginning of a remarkable journey.
Very powerful stuff!
The program is not simple or cheap - you expected a quick
pill? It is comprehensive, orderly, and effective. Both
Mary and I have used it, and it works! Highly recommended!
#3 Think Right Now!
The Best Tools for
Personal Growth I've Found!
Many of you have purchased these audio programs to increase
sales, 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?
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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
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can use it for 30 days to check it out. Highly recommended!
7. Humor: Testimony From St Louis Courts
Over the years, there have been many collections of absurd
and silly exchanges in courts. Recently, my friend Bill
Barrows sent these to me, ostensibly from actual records in
St Louis. Enjoy!
Judge: I know you, don't I?
Defendant: Uh, yes.
Judge: All right, tell me, how do I know you?
Defendant: Judge, do I have to tell you?
Judge: Of course, you might be obstructing justice not to
Defendant: Okay. I was your bookie.
From a defendant representing himself . .. .
Defendant: Did you get a good look at me when I allegedly
stole your purse?
Victim: Yes, I saw you clearly. You are the one who stole
Defendant: I should have shot you while I had the chance.
Judge: The charge here is theft of frozen chickens. Are you
Defendant: No, sir, I'm the guy who stole the chickens.
Lawyer: How do you feel about defense attorneys?
Juror: I think they should all be drowned at birth.
Lawyer: Well, then, you are obviously biased for the
Juror: That's not true. I think prosecutors should be
drowned at birth, too.
Judge: Is there any reason you could not serve as a juror
in this case?
Juror: I don't want to be away from my job that long.
Judge: Can't they do without you at work?
Juror: Yes, but I don't want them to know it.
Defendant: Judge, I want you to appoint me another lawyer.
Judge: And why is that?
Defendant: Because the Public Defender isn't interested in
Judge (to Public Defender): Do you have a comment on the
Public Defender: I'm sorry, Your Honor. I wasn't listening.
Be kind to yourself and to someone else, and have a
Philip E. Humbert, PhD,
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