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Welcome to TIPS for Extraordinary Living!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
Written & Published by Philip E. Humbert, PhD
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Table of Contents:

1. The One-Minute TIP
2. Welcome Notes
3. The Virtue of Good Vices
4. Quotes of the Week
5. Strictly Business: What Recession?
6. Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
7. Humor: Only in America


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1. The One-Minute TIP


To achieve the ultimate success in life, value your vices.
Follow them wherever they lead you. Cling to them, cherish
them and immerse yourself in them. See where they take you,
go boldly through whatever doors they open for you. Few will
follow and some will criticize, and that's alright.
Visionaries have always been misunderstood. Choose your
vices wisely, then value them highly.


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2. Welcome Notes


Once I got an email saying my enthusiasm for whatever season
of the year happened to be current "seems too good to be
true" and urging me to "leave it alone already!" Well, I'm
sorry! I happen to like summer, ok? And, yes, I like the
fall colors, the winter crispness and the warmth of spring.
And for this week, I'm noticing it's already (unbelievably!)
the first of August!

It's the last month of our traditional summer! Too soon,
school starts, vacations draw to a close and it's back to a
"normal" routine. Don't go down without a fight!
Conveniently, this August provides us with FIVE weekends and
that means only one thing: Five chances to fish, golf, swim
and play! And, even better, after these five, the next
weekend is Labor Day! Plan well. Use the weekends wisely.
Create memories. Risk a sunburn or sore muscles and some
embarrassing pictures. You'll cherish them in the future!

And, when summer draws to a close and it's back to normal,
what then? It'll be time to re-focus, get stuff done and
finish the year strong! As I wrote last week, for the first
time in a while I have openings for a few new coaching
clients. If this is your year to be super-productive, beat
the recession and achieve more, maybe it's time for a
professional coach. Winners have coaches! It costs nothing
for an initial conversation and it could make all the
difference. Contact me at: Coach@philiphumbert.com

And take note: I don't use a "waiting list," so if you're
interested, take the plunge. If you wait, you may be
disappointed.


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3: The Virtue of Good Vices


Winston Churchill is one of my heroes. I've read several
biographies and one of my goals is to visit his home at
Chartwell and see the bunkers where he led England through
WW II. One of Churchill's many famous quotes is an insult he
directed at a Member of Parliament: "He has all the virtues
I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

I love that! One of my mother's less-appreciated admonitions
when I was a mischievous boy (something I've long-since
outgrown!) was, "Behave yourself!" If I was feeling
particularly cantankerous, I'd reply, "I am behaving myself.
Just not the way you'd prefer!"

We've all learned to "behave ourselves." As adults we learn
to "go along to get along." We learn to be polite, pay our
taxes, work hard, be responsible, and to "play well with
others." We learn how things are done and to be sociable.
There's nothing wrong with that. Except when there is.

Sometimes, going along with convention and being "normal"
truly stifles our creativity, our individuality and our
greatness.

I love eccentrics. Eccentricities are simply another way of
describing our individuality. Eccentrics have made all--or
certainly most--of the great advances in history. It's weird
and eccentric to question reality, to doubt convention, and
insist there has to be a better way.

Of all the crazy ideas, those silly Wright brothers thought
they could fly! Edison and Tesla were obsessed with
electricity, and changed our world. Einstein was obsessed
with light and images of trains, and changed our universe!
In the 1930's, a guy named Werner von Braun thought it might
be fun to go to the moon. Madame Currie played with things
that glow in the dark, and an abused kid named Oprah Winfrey
thought she could make the world a better place.

Eccentrics and their ideas are our heroes!

Our eccentricities and, yes, even our vices make us who we
are. They make us unique and when they are deployed in
useful ways, they make us rich while making the world a
better place for everyone.

Now, clearly there are vices that are neither noble nor
useful. Swearing and cursing, having a bad temper or being
intolerant of others probably adds little to the quality of
life. Addictions of all sorts and simply being obnoxious are
not good things. We can all think of vices that rob us of
our freedom, shorten life or deprive it of richness. I doubt
these are good things or worth defending.

But we also have vices that enrich our lives, that make us
who we are, and that allow us to stand tall and speak our
truth. We have passions for things that drive others crazy
or cause them to doubt our sanity. We love golf, or hate
wasting time. We crave knowledge or obsess over art, music,
poetry or nature. We are committed to our politics or to our
spirituality. We are crazy for good food, good health, for
collecting little figurines or for fishing. We dance strangely
or sing off-key. If you're having fun and not hurting anyone,
and especially if you're learning or growing, I say go for it!

To achieve the ultimate success in life, value your vices.
Follow them wherever they lead you. Cling to them, cherish
them and immerse yourself in them. See where they take you,
go boldly through whatever doors they open for you. Few will
follow and some will criticize, and that's alright.
Visionaries have always been misunderstood.

Choose your vices wisely, then value them highly.


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4. Quotes of the Week


Follow your bliss."
-- Joseph Campbell

ďImagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is
limited. Imagination encircles the world."
-- Albert Einstein

"Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no
courage without fear."
-- P. Hayes

"The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be one's
own self."
-- Montaigne


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5. Strictly Business: What Recession?


Everyone knows we are in a serious recession. Every day the
news is filled with stories of unemployment, skittish
consumers, foreclosures, poor business conditions and fears
of a "double dip." Businesses, large and small, are
suffering. Everyone knows this and it's become a mantra of
our times.

Except for those who know better. In the midst of all the
bad news, some businesses are expanding. Some are growing,
adding new customers, finding solutions and getting rich.

How do they do it? They have found a way to add unexpected
value, make larger contributions, solve problems and make
life better for their customers. So should you!

Some have reduced prices, added features or benefits. Others
have created new divisions or products and are penetrating
markets they might never have considered before the "hard
times" forced them to be creative and think in new ways.

Human nature has not changed. Everyone still loves a
bargain. People still want solutions, benefits and great
customer service. Yes, in many cases margins are down and
making the sale has become harder. Yes, the old exuberance
is gone and now you must earn business in more thoughtful
ways. But that does not change the fundamental equation:
People want stuff!

To profit in these "hard" times the old principles still
apply. Find a need and fill it. Provide value. Go the extra
mile. Listen to your customers and pay attention! Hear what
they need and want. Work with them to find effective,
efficient solutions and they will still beat a path to your
door. It's easy to make money when times are good, but the
really great fortunes are made when times are hard. The
businesses who are willing and ready to partner with their
customers actually take advantage of hard times to forge
bonds of loyalty that endure.

For help in thinking "outside the box" and forging new
alliances with your customers, consider working with a
professional business coach. The outside perspective,
broader view and experience can be worth a fortune! If you
are ready and willing to do new things in new ways to profit
from these difficult economic conditions, call me. Let's get
to work! Coach@philiphumbert.com 


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7. Humor: Only in America


Theresa Blume is an amazing woman who lives in a small town
in Wisconsin, keeps tabs on me via email, and periodically
sends me wisdom and insight. Thanks, Theresa -- enjoy the
Wisconsin summer and donít let the mosquitoes carry you off!

Only in America...do drugstores make sick people walk to the
back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy
people can buy cigarettes at the front.

Only in America...do people order double cheeseburgers,
large fries,
and a diet coke.

Only in America...do banks leave both doors open and then
chain the
pens to the counters.

Only in America...do we leave cars worth many thousands of
dollars in the driveway so we can store our useless junk in
the garage.

Only in America...do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and
buns in packages of eight.

Only in America...do we use the word 'politics' to describe
the process so well: 'Poli' in Latin meaning 'many' and
'tics' meaning 'bloodsucking creatures'.

Only in America...do they have drive-up ATM machines with
Braille
lettering.


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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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