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Welcome to The Innovative Professional's (TIP's) Letter!
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2.
Welcome Notes
3.
Big Dreams, Small Steps and Personal Power 
4.
Quotes of the Week
5.
Strictly Business:  How Hard Should You Work?   
6.
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7.
Humor:   From The Mouths of Babes

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1. The One-Minute TIP

You are powerful beyond measure! You have the power to
change your world any time you wish. Use your power! Give a
smile to someone who needs one. Get up a bit earlier, or
work a bit longer. Put legs under your dreams and make them
happen. Begin today, one step at a time.

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2. Welcome Notes

I'm writing this in the snow! Last week I declared that
spring had arrived, so naturally this week we got our
biggest snow of the winter. It's gorgeous out here! True,
I'm wearing every sweater I own and my fingers are slightly
numb, but there's snow on the trees! My dog, Cody, is
having a great time playing in the yard, but otherwise
everything is quiet. I'm sitting here on our deck with my
laptop, sipping hot coffee and life is very, very good.
Thank you, Mother Nature!

On a personal note, this week we celebrated Mary's birthday
and I realized how easy it is to slip into "ordinary"
routines. Fortunately, we also realized how easy it is to
have fun. We enjoyed a drive in the country, went to a
movie, had a nice dinner, and it was wonderful. This week,
have some fun! Take the kids to the park. Rent a movie.
Surprise a loved one with a gift or a date.

Life's short. Have fun!

Remember to invest in yourself. Do the things that make
your life bigger and richer. Read the books. Take the
trips. Learn the skills. See the sights. Schedule the
things you are planning to do "someday" and do them real
soon.

In that tone, I want to invite YOU to join us in Wisconsin
this May. Every week I get emails from people who want to
join us but can't come "this year." Why the heck not!?
There will always be conflicts and excuses. It will always
cost a bit of money, take some time, or complicate
somebody's schedule. It only changes when you take charge
of your life and decide to have a "World Class Life" no
matter what.

If this isn't for you, that's fine. I'm not trying to talk
anyone into doing something that doesn't suit or fit them.
But for all of you who really want to do this, take action.
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3:  Big Dreams, Small Steps and Personal Power 

Most of the world's truly GREAT people will remain forever
unknown. You and I will not hear of them and no one will
write their biographies.

Sure, I love watching an Oprah Winfrey and being inspired
by her life. It's fun to watch Donald Trump's show, or see
what a "domestic diva" like Martha Stewart can do. But most
of us will never have our own television show, and that has
little to do with greatness.

I love reading The Millionaire Next Door and realizing
there are over 300,000 millionaires in world, most of them
self-made. I love that among my own circle of friends there
are at least 40 self-made millionaires! Even more, I admire
the great parents I've known, and the teachers who inspired
me. The fascinating thing is that it's not hard to live a
great life!

Last Sunday, Reese Witherspoon won the Oscar for her
portrayal of June Carter Cash, and I thought about how
close Johnny Cash came to wasting his talent. It made me
think of Elvis Presley, John Belushi, Howard Hughes and the
thousands of others who made small decisions that led them
tragically astray. What's the difference between the
sadness of Marilyn Monroe and the greatness of Mother
Theresa?

We all have GREATNESS within us. Every one of us is born to
make a difference, to play our part, and transform our
corner of the world. We may not become famous, but we can
live with joy and gusto and greatness. Why do so many of us
settle for small problems, and small lives?

I think too many of us fail to grab hold of our personal
power.

Because we are not "powerful" on the world stage, we forget
that we have tremendous power in our choices. We may not be
rich or famous or unusually talented (I suspect each of us
is incredibly talented, but even if we aren't, so what?),
we still have the power to smile, to try, to persist. We
have the power to live with dignity and integrity and
ambition. We have the power to be loving, to be kind, to be
generous. We have the power to decide how we will live our
lives.

My sense is that it helps to have a big dream. My father
always told us that if we were going to dream, we might as
well dream BIG dreams, and I like that. I think what we
expect in life really matters. I think it helps to expect
the best and focus our thoughts, our attention and our
intention on big dreams.

But I also think it's vital that we not be distracted by
our own dreams. It's nice to aim high, so long as we
realize that even the biggest dreams happen one step at a
time. Donald Trump's fancy skyscrapers are build one rivet
at a time. Oprah built her empire one meeting, one
interview, and one decision at a time. "A journey of a
thousand miles starts with a single step."

Use your power! Hug someone, or call a friend. Spend an
hour with your kids, reading a good book or getting some
exercise. Do it today, not tomorrow or "someday." Take
action and use your power to skip desert or to make one
more sales call. Today, take some action to move your life
in the direction you want to go.

Both Nelson Mendella and Marianne Williamson have been
credited with the insight that our greatest fear is not
that we are powerless, but that (in fact!) we are powerful
beyond measure. Whoever said it first, I think it's true.

You are powerful beyond measure! You have the power to
change your world any time you wish. Use your power! Give a
smile to someone who needs one. Get up a bit earlier, or
work a bit longer. Put legs under your dreams and make them
happen. Begin today, one step at a time.

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4. Quotes of the Week

I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still
I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do."
                                                   -- Helen Keller

"If you really want something you can figure out how to
make it happen."
                                                   -- Cher

"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
                                                   -- Karen Lamb

"In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only by
pressing the limits do you ever find them."
                                                   -- Dr. Joyce Brothers


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5. Strictly Business:   How Hard Should You Work?

For years, there's been a drum-beat on the internet and
among coaches that we "should" work less and make more. The
theory is that by being smarter and more efficient, we
should make more sales, and have more profit for every hour
we work.

I like the theory. I'm not sure it's that simple.

The reality is that the those who work hardest often seem
to make the most money. Beyond that, it seems to me that
the world actually prefers LOW prices, and that Sam Walton
(founder of Walmart) did alright by lowering prices and
making a bit LESS on every sale.

Now, obviously, we all want to be efficient, and we all
think we're just a bit smarter than the next competitor. We
are all looking for an "edge" to get ahead, and I suspect
that will never change. But I also think there is an
obvious edge we tend to over-look.

Customers actually LIKE businesses that go the extra mile!
They PREFER companies that answer their phone. They do
business with people who give SUPERIOR service, and who
seem to care about customer satisfaction - actually, I like
companies that refuse to "satisfy" me and seem determined
to AMAZE me! And all of that requires hard, hard work.

Here's an old "law" of business: focus on the life-time
value of a fanatically loyal customer. Focus on the value
of a customer who sees him- or herself as your partner,
rather than as just a "shopper." When your customers refuse
to deal with anyone but you, your fortune is assured. How
hard should you work? About that hard.


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6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!

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Top achievers know the value of investing to create the
life they truly want. They know the value of study, and of
preparation. Perhaps most importantly, they know the value
of spending time with other TOP ACHIEVERS. They know the
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the best of the best. That's why top achievers get
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7. Humor:    From the Mouths of Babes

My friend, Bill Barrows, has developed a network of friends
who regularly exchange bits of humor, wisdom and general
craziness. Fortunately, I'm been included with this elite
group, and I appreciate the many gifts he sends to lift my
spirits and brighten my day. I hope you enjoy these little
gems as much as I did.


JACK (age 3) was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new
baby sister. After a while he asked: "Mom why have you got
two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?"

MELANIE (age 5) asked her Granny how old she was. Granny
replied she was so old she didn't remember any more.
Melanie said, "If you don't remember you must look in the
back of your panties. Mine say five to six."

STEVEN (age 3) hugged and kissed his Mom goodnight. "I
love you so much, that when you die I'm going to bury
you outside my bedroom window."

BRITTANY (age 4) had an earache and wanted a
painkiller. She tried in vain to take the lid off the
bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a
childproof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide
with wonder, the little girl asked: "How does it know it's
me?

SUSAN (age 4) was drinking juice when she got the
hiccups. "Please don't give me this juice again," she said,
"It makes my teeth cough."

DIANE (age 4) stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked:
"How much do I cost?"

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were
hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his
eyes off them, he asked his dad: "Why is he whispering in
her mouth?"

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried. When
his Mom asked what was troubling him, he replied, "I don't
know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How
will my wife fit in?"

JAMES (age 4) was listening to a Bible story. His dad read:
"The man named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out
of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt."
Concerned, James asked: "What happened to the flea?"

TAMMY (age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly,
rather wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her
for awhile and then asked, "Why doesn't your skin fit your
face?


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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!
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President, The Philip E. Humbert Group, Inc.


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